2013 Individual Champion
Since 2008, Ann has been running Jordan Crossroads Ministry Center – Haven of Rest (JCMC-Haven of Rest), a four-bedroom, two-bath home in Clarendon County that serves as a safe haven where women in crisis can escape their abusers and start to reclaim their lives. In a state that has once again been ranked first in the nation for the number of women killed by men, the need is great. Women are referred to JMC-Haven of Rest by pastors, Department of Social Services, Victims’ Advocates in Clarendon or Sumter counties, hospitals and the Department of Mental Health. It’s the only place of its kind in Clarendon County, and it serves anyone from anywhere. The house can hold up to six women and children, although it’s been filled beyond capacity before, and the typical stay is 90 days or less. JMC-Haven of Rest is a project of Jordan Crossroads Ministry, which Ann founded in 2002. She purchased 20 acres of land with her own money, and set about building the house, which opened its doors in June 2008.