he baby that Joy and Jim Jenkins first adopted was much like numerous babies who will be born this year with HIV in the U.S. as well as through out the globe. The Jenkins didnít know just over a year later he would test negative for HIV and that Children With AIDS Project of America would be founded and gaining strength with the help of people like you.
Now CWA offers a variety of services for children infected/affected by AIDS or drug exposed infants who will require foster or adoptive families. CWA works to create adoptive, foster, family centered care programs that are both effective and compassionate.
Jim Jenkins - 4/14/1938 to 9/24/2012
Jim Jenkins passed away early on September 24th after a long battle with serious heart problems, diabetes, and multiple myeloma cancer. Children With AIDS Project was Jim's passion for the last 24 years and he has touched the lives of many children and families with his firm belief that all children deserve a loving, permanent home. He worked tirelessly bringing families and children together, and was responsible for at least 100 adoptions. Many times he didn't hear back after he passed the names of prospective parents to social workers all over the United States.
He was a frequent speaker for local and national organizations, helping them understand the needs of these children and educating many people on how a baby testing positive to HIV can mean it is only the mother's antibodies in the baby. Most of the time they can flush out those antibodies and become productive, healthy adults.
His life before CWA was filled with many memorable experiences including being a TV personality as a teenager in Erie, PA, serving in the Army during the Berlin Crisis, starting Continental Bank in Phoenix before he opened Professional Data Processing Services (the first computer service bureau in Arizona) and writing accounting software for the restaurant and hospitality industry and the first ticketing software for the Olympics, which became the software for Ticketmaster. He had a booking agency in Carmel for the entertainment industry. He came back to Phoenix and started CWA because of the entrance of his first HIV baby into his family.
One of the projects that Jim started was the Tree of Life Gallery in central Phoenix. It was probably the highlight of his last years. The proceeds went to two AIDS orphanages in Africa - one in Tanzania for putting a roof on the dormitory for the staff and one in South Africa to refurbish a cottage for the first children to be taken in.
A memorial service will be held on October 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 715 W. Southern Ave, Tempe, AZ 85282. Donations may be made to Children with AIDS at PO Box 23778, Tempe, AZ 85285-3778 or to Paypal using email@example.com for the account name. Donations may also be made to Open Arms Orphanage in South Africa that had been a recipient of a donation that came from Tree of Life Gallery.
See Slideshow from Memorial Service October 18th - click here (it will take several minutes to download and then will open a PDF file).
Story - Then
Story - Now
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