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The scribe of the American Revolution, Thomas Paine, famously said, "We have it in our power to change the world." Two-and-half centuries later, we agree with Paine that America works best when it bands together for great purposes.
Here's our purpose: For the past 50 years, America has struggled with a persistent poverty rate of 15 percent. In 2016, over 48 million Americans are living in poverty including 15.7 million children, 22 percent of all American kids. 24.7 million children (14%) are growing up in high-poverty areas. Thirty percent of American children are living in households that lack secure employment. America is on a non-sustainable trajectory.
Since 2005, Open Door America has been part of a national citizen uprising to reclaim the American Dream for poor and working-class people. Along the way, we've done something truly amazing: we've sustained our operations without a dime of government money.
Over 500 concerned citizens from all walks of life have joined our team: 402 individuals (80%), 72 businesses (12%), 20 congregations (4%), 10 foundations (2%), and 8 nonprofits (2%). We think this speaks volumes about our work and success. Please consider making a one-time or recurring donation by clicking below.
We (still) have it in our power to change the world!
Open Door America is audited annually by the certified public accounting firm of Peters, Woodring & Quast, Inc. of Owings Mills, Maryland. Under Maryland law, a copy of our financial statement is available to donors by contacting us at Post Office Box 2090, Ellicott City, Maryland 21041-2090. Documents and information submitted to the State of Maryland under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act are available from the Office of Secretary of State, 16 Francis Street, Annapolis, MD 21401 for the cost of copying and postage.
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From Our Blog
2018 Poverty and the Urgency of Prisoner Reentry and Life Restoration
Since 2005 Open Door America has worked to unlock the secret codes of intergenerational poverty in America’s inner cities. Now in year thirteen, our story has greater meaning and urgency than ever before. Having come on line just nine years after metamorphic welfare reform in 1996, we were an immediate beneficiary of the raised social awareness generated by the faith-based initiative movement of the early 2000's. By the end of our first decade, however, a sharp decline in nationwide community development investment, especially in the key area of federal housing, shifted our thinking away from traditional block-by-block redevelopment strategies to individualized programming targeting heads of households, young fathers, and in particular, ex-offenders and current offenders who hold sway in the poorest neighborhoods. Today, 22 years into the nation’s endless rancorous debate over poverty and government spending, we operate in a political and cultural environment where the very existence of entrenched poverty is now openly and counter-factually questioned in Washington. We believe the lessons learned from our improbable survivor's journey and the promising potential of our current efforts to retrieve first-time offenders and restore vetted recidivists are essential to this discussion and critical to America's social and economic future.