Supervisory Case Manager
Behind the Door:
Elizabeth Crow is a Supervisory Case Manager for Maryland operations. Born in South Bend, Indiana, Elizabeth attended high school in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania with a Bachelor's Degree in Human Services. She is married to Jon, a Maryland banker, and is the proud mother of three young boys -- Colton, Caleb, and Jathan. Elizabeth loves the outdoors and is an avid runner and hiker. She is very involved in the women's ministry and missions teams at her church in suburban Baltimore. Elizabeth has worked at Open Door America since 2009.
"As a high school student and then as a human services major at a Christian college, I went on mission trips to West Virginia, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. Those experiences really opened my eyes to the poverty that runs rampant in parts of our world, both locally and internationally. Working at Open Door America has pushed me out of my comfort zone from day one, and stretched me in ways that I never expected. Despite moments of self-doubt about my ability to make a difference in the lives of our clients, I believe God has lead me step by step. Each client and each interaction has helped Open Door America become the amazing organization it is today. People ask me why I want to work with a client caseload that includes so many drug dealers and ex-offenders and I always have the same simple answer: I feel like this is what Jesus has called me to do. I have never felt more fulfilled, more at peace, and more energized by a job."
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.