Toni Renee Jordan
Ms. Toni Jordan’s life is a powerful story of devastation, recovery, and redemption. Ms. Jordan has been able to use her own story to inspire individuals and change communities. After attending “Let’s Start,” a support process for formerly incarcerated women in 2006, she started volunteering at Queen of Peace Center (QOPC), a substance use treatment center for women. She went on to create and lead a QOPC Consumer Advisory Board, which lead to substantial change in the center’s programs, procedures and policies.
At the state level, Ms. Jordan sat on the Advisory Board for State of Missouri Transformation grant and helped create a new network of service programs in the city of St. Louis for those experiencing homelessness, trauma, mental illness and substance abuse. In 2012, Ms. Jordan had the opportunity to join the Missouri Department of Mental Health State Advisory Council and eventually became Vice-Chair.
While there are many more lines to her resume, Toni is most impressive as defined by her work in the field. Her calling and worth are rooted in the ability to help others find the foundation they need to get to the next place in their recovery journey. She often helps women uncover what they really need, and it’s often not what they thought they needed. Toni is a voice for the uninsured, the homeless, the addicted and others that fall through the cracks and lose hope. Her effectiveness is made of personal experience, compassion, empathy and the ability to understand exactly the shoes in which the woman she is with walks.