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Vivian R. Jones

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Have And Not Need Than To Need And Not Have

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1948
Birth Location:
Sweet Home, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
Community Leader

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Florida
Favorite Quote:
It Is Better To Have And Not Need Than To Need And Not Have

Birthplace

Born:
9/3/1948
Birth Location:
Sweet Home
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Biography

Founder and CEO Vivian R. Jones was born on September 3, 1948 in Sweet Home, Arkansas to Annie B. and German Jones. As a child, Jones relocated to Chicago, where she earned her A.A. degree in Social Services from Kennedy-King College. Jones completed her B.A. degree and her M.Ed. degree in Education from Chicago State University, and later received her Honorary Doctorate Degree of Divinity from the International Pentecostal Assemblies Ecumenical College of Bible Theology.

Dr. Jones has overcome many obstacles in life as she has worked toward fulfilling her commitment to improving the lives of others. In 1992 she founded Annie B Jones Community Services, Inc. (ABJ), which is a community based social service agency that provides much needed services to children, families, seniors, and the community at large. ABJ was named in memory of Dr. Jones’ mother Annie B. Jones, Mrs. Jones was a community organizer and a union leader (AFSCME Local 286 President) who died at the young age of 53 years old. Mrs. Jones, and Dr. Jones’, father German Jones, Sr. left a legacy of giving with their children. ABJ Community Services, Inc. (ABJ) offers a variety of services to the Chicago community, those services include: Foster care, behavioral health, employment training, the ABJ computer clubhouse, Teen Reach, ABJ Community Services Sunshine Food Pantry, SPF-SIG, ABJ Community Services, Inc. , The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and C.O.N.N.E.C.T.S, Coalition of Organizational, Neighborhood and Network Empowerment through Culture, Talent and Spirituality. Dr. Jones' parents’ example is the foundation of her commitment of giving to society and those who are often misjudged, misunderstood, and disregarded. ABJ provides comprehensive social services to more than 5000 people every year.

In 1996, Dr. Jones became the Commissioner of the African American Family Commission and served there for five years. She also serves on the Board of Directors for The Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention as one of its founding members, and serves as Vice-President on the Board of Directors for The South Shore Chamber Commerce. As a result of her dedication to service, Dr. Jones has been recognized and honored many times for her work and commitment to the community. Some of the honors include; Honored Professional of Who's Who in Executives in Business. The Chicago Defender Newspaper recognized and awarded her as one of the Women of Excellence in April of 2009 for her benevolent work. Dr. Jones has also been awarded the prestigious Kizzy award in three different categories. She was listed in Today’s Chicago Woman magazine for two years and awarded the Woman at the Top of Her Game Award. Additionally, Dr. Jones has been featured in Essence and N'Digo Magazines. She was most recently recognized for Inspirational Community Service by the Urban Sustainability Association (USA) in May of 2009.

Vivian Jones was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 20, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Vivian R. Jones' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Vivian R. Jones lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Vivian R. Jones describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Vivian R. Jones talks about her family's genealogy
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Vivian R. Jones describes her father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Vivian R. Jones talks about how her parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Vivian R. Jones describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Vivian R. Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Vivian R. Jones remembers spending time with her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Vivian R. Jones talks about where her parents worked
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Vivian R. Jones remember her mother's death
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Vivian R. Jones talks about her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Vivian R. Jones talks about her mother's work as a union president
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Vivian R. Jones describes her parents' personalities and whom she takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Vivian R. Jones remembers a lesson from her mother
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Vivian R. Jones lists her siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Vivian R. Jones describes her schooling
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Vivian R. Jones remembers becoming pregnant at fifteen years old
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Vivian R. Jones talks about her decision to return to school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Vivian R. Jones remembers earning a GED degree
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Vivian R. Jones remembers her mentors at Kennedy-King College in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Vivian R. Jones recalls her early years of motherhood
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Vivian R. Jones remembers earning an associate's degree from Kennedy-King College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Vivian R. Jones talks about her first marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Vivian R. Jones remembers her mother's hospitalization
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Vivian R. Jones talks about her devotion to her children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Vivian R. Jones remembers working at Ada S. McKinley Community Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Vivian R. Jones remembers her graduate studies at Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Vivian R. Jones remembers her second marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Vivian R. Jones remembers receiving her master's degree from Chicago State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Vivian R. Jones remembers working for the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Vivian R. Jones remembers her graduation from Chicago State University in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Vivian R. Jones recalls her introduction to private family services
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Vivian R. Jones remembers founding Annie B. Jones Community Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Vivian R. Jones talks about her firm's name
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Vivian R. Jones talks about the services offered at Annie B. Jones Community Services Inc.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Vivian R. Jones talks about her interest in singing
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Vivian R. Jones remembers earning an accreditation for Annie B. Jones Community Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Vivian R. Jones recalls her appointment to the Illinois African-American Family Commission
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Vivian R. Jones talks about the impact of state budget cuts
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Vivian R. Jones describes the youth programs at Annie B. Jones Community Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Vivian R. Jones talks about the programs offered by Annie B. Jones Community Services Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Vivian R. Jones remembers hosting a civil rights history tour for black youth, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Vivian R. Jones remembers hosting a civil rights history tour for black youth, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Vivian R. Jones recalls the early financial mismanagement of Annie B. Jones Community and Family Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Vivian R. Jones talks about the South Shore community in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Vivian R. Jones talks about the staff of Annie B. Jones Community Services, Inc.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Vivian R. Jones talks about her awards and honors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Vivian R. Jones talks about the successes of her foster care program
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Vivian R. Jones talks about her awards and honors
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Vivian R. Jones talks about her faith
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Vivian R. Jones talks about President Barack Obama
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Vivian R. Jones reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Vivian R. Jones describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Vivian R. Jones narrates her photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Vivian R. Jones narrates her photographs, pt. 2