Anointed Community Services Int'l (ACSI) is a distinguished 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Clermont, Florida, USA. It was officially established on April 26, 2010, through the tireless efforts of its founder, Dr. Linda D. Cowels, and the support of her elder sister, Saida Cowels-Watson. The inception of ACSI was driven by a profound commitment to leave a lasting legacy, paying tribute to their late mother, who tragically succumbed to breast cancer at the tender age of 49, and their grandmother, who played a pivotal role in rescuing them from the brink of foster care during their childhood.
The overarching mission of ACSI is to enlighten, empower, and raise awareness about the unique challenges faced by various marginalized members of society. These include single women with children, youth and teenage girls, homeless veterans, seniors, and individuals with developmental disabilities.
Dr. Linda's journey towards this noble cause was catalyzed by the untimely loss of her mother in 1978. Faced with the necessity of assuming adulthood responsibilities prematurely, Linda embarked on her professional journey by securing employment at Seminole State College at the age of 18. During a span of 31 years, Linda climbed the organizational ladder at the college, culminating in her tenure as the Executive Assistant and Office Manager for the College President and the District Board of Trustees. Simultaneously, she bore the weight of single parenthood for nearly two decades, raising three children with unwavering determination and resilience.
In the twilight of her career, just before retiring, Dr. Linda embarked on a transformative journey by founding ACSI. The organization's inception marked the commencement of her life's purpose: extending a helping hand to those in dire need. Together with her sister, Linda initiated the distribution of essential care packages to mentally ill clients residing in transitional homes in Jacksonville, Florida.
Through ACSI, Dr. Linda and her dedicated team have continued to make a significant impact on the lives of the less fortunate. Their commitment to uplifting individuals and communities facing adversity is a testament to the enduring legacy they strive to create in honor of their beloved mother and grandmother. With an unwavering dedication to its mission, ACSI remains steadfast in its pursuit of positive change, touching hearts and transforming lives across Clermont, Florida, and beyond.