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An Ice Cream Afternoon

An afternoon with ice cream is more perfect when spent with a woman whose concern for the plight of women led her to invest in WorldCrafts some years ago.

Ann Reese tells the story of women coming from other countries to Birmingham in the 1960s. She quickly discovered that many could not speak English and were virtual prisoners in their own homes. Her concern for their needs led her to begin English as a Second Language classes in Alabama. She led her church to get involved and women from many nations were freed to a new life in their new country.

Today Ann rejoices that WorldCrafts is helping women and children, individuals and families, communities and societies around the world. She is one of the founders of the Jackson Reese Endowment for WorldCrafts. Her investment is making a difference as impoverished people are given dignity because they have a sustainable income for shelter, food, clothing, education, and health care. Because of WorldCrafts and our partners women and their families have access to the most basic needs of life.

Ann’s experience with women immigrants led her to invest in an endowment for the ministry of WorldCrafts. She knew that helping impoverished women use their skills to create beautiful handcrafts to sell brought dignity to women who might otherwise be abused, sold, enslaved, trafficked, or end their lives in destitution because no one cared. 

Ann’s commitment blessed me. If you would like to know more about WorldCrafts and the people WorldCrafts represents, visit our Web site, If you would like to know more about how you can help sustain the ministry of WorldCrafts visit

Thank you for joining us in bringing dignity and hope to families and communities around the world.

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