No longer ignoring the problem

Jack Plimpton is the executive director of the Episcopal HIV/AIDS Ministries in the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles and founder of Project New Hope. To date, Jack and his staff have raised $23 million to build apartment housing for people with HIV/AIDS. Now there are 250 units fully occupied. Project New Hope has also worked to provide computer skills training to help HIV/AIDS persons become self-sufficient. Jack talked with us last month about his work and in particular about the effect he sees that spirituality has on the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Let's begin with how you became involved in this work.

I was a school principal in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 32 years. But because of a heart attack, I took an early retirement. The bishop of the Diocese of Los Angeles offered me the responsibility of the HIV/AIDS ministry.

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I felt comfortable coming back to God
July 22, 2002

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