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Jordan Community Resource Center (Jordan CRC) & Tenisha Gant-Watson

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Organization Bio

Many women in crisis struggle to successfully navigate through life.  Without proper training and support, the pressures of life and its challenges create barriers that lead to bad decisions.  Jordan CRC provides tools, processes and positive reinforcement that promote self-awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence.

The population of focus includes adult, substance-using women involved in the criminal justice system, those reentering our communities and those experiencing difficult life crisis. Jordan CRC partners directly with the Cleveland Municipal Court to provide recovery housing, training and support services to participants of the Human Trafficking and Drug Specialized Dockets.

A nonprofit founded in 2004, Jordan CRC is a gender-responsive agency which means we are creating an environment through site selection, staff selection, program development, content and materials that reflect an understanding of the realities of the lives of women and girls and that addresses and responds to their strengths and challenges.

In 2016, Jordan CRC established “Success Institute” which is a hybrid school that is registered with the State of Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools.  The goal of Success Institute is to provide certifications, employment placement and mediation for individuals that have difficulties securing employment in fields that generate a comparable living wage.

Jordan CRC is expanding its social enterprise model to further leverage its assets, and create a greater impact in the overall well-being of the agency and the unique population we serve.

Our Philosophy: We believe, “As one woman is redirected an entire generation is positively impacted.”

Presenter Bio

Tenisha Gant-Watson is the founder and director of Jordan CRC.

Tenisha has over twenty years in business management, and has served as executive director of Jordan CRC since 2004. During her tenure as executive director she has molded Jordan CRC into a highly essential resource for guidance on gender specific programs, training, workforce development and supportive housing. She is also a noted consultant on organizational development and motivational speaker.

Tenisha has worked with and has formed numerous key community relationships with such organizations as; Cleveland Foundation, United Black Fund of Cleveland (UBF), Northern Ohio Recovery Association (NORA), Neighborhood Connections, Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON), Moore’s Counseling and Mediation Center (MCMC), Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries (Community Re-entry), Boys & Girls Club (BGC), Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), Cuyahoga Land Bank (CLB) and the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board (CRB).

Tenisha has be quoted as saying, “Connect, Create and Cultivate.”  It is her life’s mission to develop lasting relationships, learn from exposure, teach guiding principles, create and duplicate best practices for optimum success.  It has been these practices that has laid the foundation for the expansion of Jordan CRC and, the development of those she assists professionally and personally.

Tenisha’s accomplishments:

  • Project Access (Cleveland Foundation Affiliate) 3rd Year Grad and “STAR” Organization
  • City of Cleveland “Outstanding Services to The City of Cleveland”
  • North Coast Nurses Coalition “Unsung Hero” and Empowerment Award
  • Ordained Licensed Minister
  • Bachelors Degree (BA) in Business Management from Ursuline College
  • Certified Business and Marriage Mediator and Counselor


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