, 35, found it by agreeing to become the executive director of the AIDS Partnership
, a countywide ministry founded in Clearwater.
It is dedicated to helping anyone affected by the disease and promoting awareness.She
took over the volunteer-driven organization in January.
It is now being run from a small house on the grounds of Good Samaritan Church
at 6085 Park Blvd. in Pinellas Park.The quarters are provided rent free by the church pastor, the Rev. Susie Sherwood.
is trying hard to accomplish that goal.
But even today, she
faces resistance from the religious community.
"As long as churches continue to believe that AIDS
is a homosexual disease and that it can't or won't affect them, then this battle will continue," she
"The person next to you in the pew could have AIDS
said, and you wouldn't know it. Wardlow
said the number of people who think they are not affected by the disease is "overwhelming."
"Everybody is affected in one way or another," she
is developing a program called Mission Against Transmission "to keep people who are infected from reinfecting themselves and their partners."She
is also going to offer free, confidential swab tests for AIDS
, and AIDS counseling.
"We'll also be going to health fairs and (community) events," Wardlow