Office Manager and Development Assistant
Behind the Door:
Becky Crow is Office Manager and Development Assistant for Maryland and national operations. Becky was raised in Louisiana as the daughter of an Army officer. She is a graduate of Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi with a Bachelor's Degree in nursing. Becky is married to Dan, a Maryland pastor, and the proud mother of five raised sons -- Adrian, Jon, David, Stephen, and Alan. Becky is also the delighted grandmother of five grandsons -- Colton, Caleb, Jathan, Camden, and Tanner. A sixth grandson and a first granddaughter are on the way! Becky has worked at Open Door America since 2008.
"When I began working for Open Door America in 2008, I knew very little about poverty and the problems and struggles it brings. It wasn't that I didn't care -- I just wasn't aware. A firsthand look at intergenerational poverty has allowed me to see individuals who only want a better life for themselves and their families. Open Door America has been instrumental in helping that happen for many of our clients. I am thankful to be a part of this journey."
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.