‘Cool Aid’

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 18, 2007

AHOSKIE – With the weather reaching all time highs this summer, it has been increasingly difficult for people to stay cool.

We Are All Connected, a local company, attempted to alleviate the situation by distributing 125 air conditioners to local churches in Northampton, Bertie and Hertford counties.

The churches chose the people they felt were in need of the air conditioners.

The recipients were elderly individuals and needy families.

According to Marcia Winston, administrative assistant at We Are All Connected, the company is dedicated to provide community service for people who are coping with emotional, behavioral or mental illnesses.

“Our purpose is to help people with social and life skills and to help them bring their life standards up,” said Winston.

The company is not grant funded.

The people in the program use their Medicaid, Medicare and insurance to pay for the services they receive.

The company has been in business for about one year.

Gerald Jenkins is the CEO of the company and his wife, Kim Jenkins, is the program manager.

“God places visions in my heart and I carry them out,” said Kim.

“It was placed on our hearts to help people and it is nobody but Jesus, not me.”

“This is a wonderful program,” said Winston.

“We have a heart for the people and the surrounding community.”