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FOUNDER, Dr. Linda Cowels

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.

The journey of Anointed Community Services International (ACSI) and its founder, Dr. Linda Cowels, is a remarkable testament to unwavering dedication and faith in the pursuit of a greater purpose. Dr. Linda's story is one of resilience, selflessness, and the enduring belief in making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.   Her steadfast commitment to personal and professional growth has also resulted in a remarkable educational trajectory. She attained a two-year degree in Paralegal Studies, complemented by an Associate in Business Management, an Associate, Bachelor, Master and ultimately her Doctorate in Christian Theology.  Her educational achievements, coupled with her personal experiences and unwavering commitment to humanitarian work, have allowed Linda to lead with compassion, wisdom, and a deep understanding of the needs of the individuals and communities she serves.

Over the years, ACSI, under Dr. Linda's leadership, has achieved remarkable results. Many single women who were once homeless have transitioned into stable housing, become entrepreneurs, and gained the skills needed to successfully parent their children. The organization has extended its support to homeless men and women, troubled youth, elderly individuals, veterans, and those with disabilities, both in the United States and internationally. Through education, vocational training, social services, and entrepreneurial opportunities, ACSI has helped countless individuals overcome barriers and achieve personal success.

In memory of Linda's mother, who tragically passed away from breast cancer, the organization rebranded a segment of it’s programs as Women's Ignite Network. This change reflects a commitment to promoting healthy lives for women and supporting fatherless and orphaned children in their journey to success. Additionally, Linda's compassion extends globally with the establishment of a legal NGO in Africa, Anointed Community Initiative, which focuses on educating orphans and underprivileged street children.

Dr. Linda Cowels' impact extends beyond the boundaries of her nonprofit work. She is an ordained Pastor, Apostolic Woman, Author, and radio personality. Her dedication to humanitarian aid has taken her to seven different countries, spreading her message of hope and support.


About Us

ACSI is a 501c3 non-profit community-based organization that provides services to citizens of Florida and abroad.

Our primary focus is on youth, single women with children, and the elderly who are economically and technologically disadvantaged.

We provide training and development to our target population in order to promote self-sufficiency. We empower our clients with the necessary knowledge to promote lasting change, by teaching the principles to become small business owners and entrepreneurs in order to create and maintain jobs in their local communities.

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