Founder Bio


Anointed Community Services Int'l (ACSI), a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Clermont, Florida USA was incorporated on April 26, 2010 by Linda D. Cowels-Murray with the support of her eldest sister, Saida Cowels-Watson. They had a desire to leave a legacy in honor and in memory of their mother who died at the early age of 49 of breast cancer and their grandmother who rescued them from impending foster care when they were young. Their goal is to help single women with children, teenage girls and the elderly - while simultaneously empowering youth.

After the death of Linda's mother in 1978, Linda realized that she needed to grow up quickly and support herself with a job. She began working at Seminole State College as a Clerk Typist and obtained a two-year degree in Paralegal Studies with coursework in Business Management. Over a period of 31 years she progressed through various positions at the college and ended her career as the Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the President of the College. She also spent almost 20 years of her life as a single parent and raised 3 children alone.

In 2010, shortly before retiring, Linda incorporated Anointed Community Services Int'l and began her passion to help the disadvantaged. She and her sister began providing care packages to mentally ill clients who were in a transitional home in Jacksonville, Florida.

After spending the first 8 months of retirement in the Dominican Republic, Linda returned to the United States in July 2011, and sought for a homeless shelter to be able to teach Job preparation, Life skills and Computer training.  Linda began providing training at New Beginnings and discovered that training the homeless made her feel like the "happiest woman in the world." She knew that this was her purpose in life because it was extremely fulfilling. For the past 5 years, many homeless men and women, youth, elderly, veterans and disabled citizens in the United States and around the world have been helped by Anointed Community Services. Most of these clients have been able to learn new skills, transition successfully back into the work place, receive social services, become entrepreneurs and overcome many barriers to their success.

The Founder, Linda Cowels-Murray, president of Anointed Community Services International (ACSI) considers it a true privilege to serve humanity as she pursues her true purpose in life.