Aiden Jennings is the father of one of the students in Ciara Brady's class. Ciara was harassing his son, Chase. Aiden brought the bullying to Father Louie's attention and Father Louie called Hope in to talk about the problem.
Hope met Aiden in Father Louie's office. Aiden accused Hope of being a bad parent and not being able to control her daughter. Hope took offense to the comment, but promised to talk to Ciara about the incident.
Over the next few months, Aiden and Hope continued to butt heads during various events like the St. Luke Fundraiser bake sale. Their children continued to argue, putting them at odds even more. Hope accused Aiden of being too judgmental. Aiden accused Hope of having double standards for her family when it came to the law.
One day, a man on the Town Square tried to steal Chase's phone. Hope was there, stepped in and arrested the man. From then on, the relationship between Aiden and Hope softened. The two agreed to work together on the Summer Gala -- a huge fundraiser for St. Luke's. Eventually, the two formed a true friendship.