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Tenisha Gant-Watson

CEO of Jordan Community Residential Center
United States

Tenisha Gant-Watson is the Founder and CEO of Jordan Community Residential Center (Jordan CRC) and Phoenix Counseling Solutions. She has dedicated her life supporting women who are recovering from human trafficking, homelessness, incarceration, and substance abuse.

Passionate about supporting women who have escaped difficult circumstances due to victimization, Tenisha decided to create a safe place for survivors to heal. She oftentimes says, “It is through love, preparation and determination that women reclaim their lives. Not just for themselves, but for their children too.”

With expertise developed over her 20 years in organizational development, spiritual formation, and servant leadership, Tenisha has made Jordan CRC a highly respected source of guidance in holistic recovery housing, gender specific training, substance abuse and trauma informed care. As a survivor herself, Tenisha felt compelled to help “The Others” cross over their Jordan.

Tenisha has developed multiple partnerships with organizations such as Mount Zion Fellowship Church, The Cleveland Municipal Courts, Lakewood University, United Black Fund, Northern Ohio Recovery Association (NORA), Neighborhood Connections, Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services, Inc. (NEON), Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries (Community Re-entry), Boys & Girls Club, Cuyahoga, Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA), the City of Cleveland Community Relations Board and Moore Counseling and Mediation Services.

As a noted consultant, Tenisha’s skills and accomplishments have granted her recognition with agencies such as, The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Victims of Crime, The City of Cleveland “Outstanding Services to The City of Cleveland,” the Cleveland Foundation, Cuyahoga County Land Bank, North Coast Nurses Coalition “Unsung Hero” and Empowerment Award. Tenisha was featured on “Possible U” WKYC channel 3, POLITICO during the RNC held in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a member of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking in Cleveland Ohio.

After 17 years of operating and a $2.5 M budget, Jordan CRC is expanding amid the growing demand for her expertise and agency services. A social enterprise component and prevention services will be added to create financial stability and independence for the Jordan CRC women and others in the community.
Tenisha is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Social Work. She is married and has two children and two grandchildren.

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