Upcoming Events

Annual Awareness Dinner

Due to an excess of care, the 2020 Dinner will not be held.   We look forward to returning this year 2023!  We will update soon!

Our Mission

The Mission of JCTS, Inc. is to address the substance abuse epidemic in the Jefferson and surrounding counties by providing a supportive environment in which people with substance abuse issues can learn about the disease of addiction, develop skills to re-establish their lives, maintain sobriety, and give back to their communities. 

Brandi Hearne


Norine Harrington 


Kim Taylor, President/Treasurer

Sara Patterson

Deanna Monroe
Amber Finnegan

Lori Sachleben

doorway of hope

Who We Are

Ruth Haven is a program of Jefferson County (IN) Transitional Services, Inc. (JCTSI). It is a residential program for women in recovery from alcohol and/or substance abuse as they transition back into society.

The Ruth Haven homes are located in Madison and Hanover, IN.  Two of our houses are located in the historic district of downtown Madison, IN. Those facilities are within walking distance of many cultural, recreational, and employment opportunities.

Ruth Haven provides the structure necessary for residents to establish and further strengthen their sobriety.  Residents will learn responsibility for maintaining personal sobriety and the necessary living skills which enable them to become increasingly independent. Our objective is to aid the resident's return to society as a functioning member of the community.

We recognize that women in recovery face significant challenges, including, but not limited to: dependency on alcohol/drugs, economic issues, poor work history, health issues, lack of work skills, housing, limited education, physical/sexual abuse, and parenting issues. Our goal is to assist and empower women to overcome these problems so that they have the best chance of success when they leave Ruth Haven. 

Governed by a Board of Directors, daily operations of Ruth Haven is carried out by a Program Director and evening hours by a live-in Night Monitor who is also in recovery. 

Residents are required to participate in self-help NA/AA Meetings, counseling and community service. They work, pay weekly program fees, and maintain the home. They are also required to cooperate with courts and other agencies with which they are involved. 

Prospective residents are required to complete an application and attend an interview. Once applicant is accepted, she must remain in regular contact with the Program Director to maintain her place on the waiting list.

​Ruth Haven is always looking for volunteers and active board members!​

Hannah's Harbor is a program under the umbrella of JCTS, Inc. In partnership with Hanover United Methodist Church (HUMC), we are able to provide a "next phase" residence for women who have completed the program at Ruth Haven. At Hannah's Harbor, women are still accountable to participate actively in their recovery, with fewer restrictions and more freedom.

The beautiful home, located in Hanover, IN, has a capacity of 3 residents at a time. While in this phase of the program, women are required to continue working and paying rent, attending 12-step meetings, and volunteering in the community. In addition they must "give back" to recovery by chairing meetings, sponsoring newcomers, and acting as role models to residents at Ruth Haven.

This program was made possible by a generous offer from HUMC. The building had formerly housed their food and clothing pantry, but had been unused for quite a while and the church was looking for a way to continue utilizing the house to fulfill a ministry. This partnership has been a blessing to both agencies and has allowed both to fulfill a mission.