Behind The Door:
Deneka Rosenburgh is an Intake Coordinator and Case Manager for Maryland operations. Born and raised in the Baltimore area, Deneka currently resides in East Baltimore with her three daughters -- Amayah, Iyana, and Jaedyn. As a city resident since 2009, Deneka has seen firsthand the complex challenges faced by low-income and unemployed households. Deneka is a graduate of Franklin High School in Reisterstown, Maryland and a continuing education student at Baltimore City Community College. She is an active member of the Parent-Teacher Organizations at her daughters' schools. Her free time is spent rooting for the Baltimore Ravens and Brooklyn Nets and watching horror movies with her friends.
“I love working at Open Door America and interacting with our clients. I learn something new from them everyday. As much as I have been helped by Open Door America, I want to help others, even if it's just something small like giving encouragement. I have a favorite Amish proverb: 'By perseverance, the snail reached the ark.' My personal translation of this proverb is, 'Even though it has taken me a while to get where I want to be, I’m gonna get there.' That's how I see my life so helping others at Open Door America fits me perfectly."
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.