Daisy Murphy Harvey, Founder & Director of A.N.G.E.L.’S Incorporated
By DIVINE Staff Blogger: Tiffoni Mitchell
Being her brother and sisters keeper is not just a cliche to Daisy Harvey, it is a lifestyle. As Founder & Director of A.N.G.E.L.’S Inc., with God’s instruction she is touching the lives of the next generation. DIVINE sat down with Daisy to learn more about how the participates lives are being “Touched By A.N.G.E.L.’S.”
DIVINE:: How was A.N.G.E.L.’s conceived?
Daisy: I was in attendance at a volunteer awards luncheon at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN. During the meal the committee called a volunteer’s name and I looked and he was very old, shaking really badly, someone led him to receive his award and he was shaking too badly to hold it. They thanked him for his continued service and stated that not only had he volunteered for years but if someone would pick him up now he still would. By that time I heard a voice say, “If I be Lord of your life will you obey me? I want to you to go back home and start a class to help the single parents, I need to get back in the home.”
DIVINE:: How did you come up with the name A.N.G.E.L.’S?
Daisy:: After hearing the Lord speak of course I was in tears, I looked over at the lady sitting next to me and she as wearing an Angel pin and the Lord said that was the name. So, I came home crying and began my journey to birth A.N.G.E.L.’S. I was working then, I would sit up to three and four o’clock in the morning doing research online and then get up at six o’clock to go to work. A.N.G.E.L.’S stands for: A– always N-near G-God’s E-everlasting L-love
DIVINE: What is the goal of A.N.G.E.L.’S?
Daisy:: To prepare parents for their responsibilities by aiding in ways to vent anger to prevent abuse. And to create a safe environment for our children to become positive achievers and decrease the problem of at risk adolescents. This program is a preventative measure for at risk juveniles whose likelihood of interaction is severe.
DIVINE:: How has the community embraced A.N.G.E.L.’S?
Daisy:: Certainly not like we expected, especially with our success rate.
DIVINE: What is the greatest need in the community that A.N.G.E.L.’s addresses?
Daisy:: Parenting and juvenile delinquency.
DIVINE:: Give the DIVINE readers a testimony of how A.N.G.E.L.’s is a positive influence?
Daisy:: There has been numerous testimonies, but one in specific is of a youth that was identified with rebellion and anger issues, problems in school, on the bus and conflicts with her parents. The juvenile judge sent her through our Anger Management Class in which she benefited tremendously. Since then she has graduated high school, went to college and is working on her Master’s. I recently received this news from her church mother who has been keeping up with her progress. This is just one of many positive influences of the A.N.G.E.L’S program.
DIVINE:: What are some of the challenges of leading an organization such as this?
Daisy:: Financial difficulties, keeping the organization in the public eye, keeping good volunteers and maintaining a positive attitude during the everyday struggles.
DIVINE:: What is your inspiration?
Daisy:: My compassion for people, love for God and being passionate about doing his will.
DIVINE:: God is actually using A.N.G.E.L.’s as a tool for ministry. What are your thoughts about that?
Daisy:: I’m humbled and thankful that God trusted me to take on such a challenge as A.N.G.E.L.’S. I thank God for saving my soul and putting his love in my heart. I know A.N.G.E.L.’S is the will of God!
DIVINE:: How has A.N.G.E.L.’S has changed your life?
Daisy:: WOW! I never thought I could surrender my life totally to help my fellowman. Just being on the giving side. It’s such a joy to see the juveniles faces when I see them in the streets, they immediately come and greet me. WOW, that’s a great feeling knowing you made a difference in their lives. Awesome!!! You have not lived until you learn how to give!!! For over ten years God has kept A.N.G.E.L.’S alive. I’ve experienced many miracles that have been life changing.
DIVINE:: There are many people who see the ills of their community but may not know how or what they can do to be an “Agent of change,” what is your advice to them?
Daisy:: Please get involved, decide to support a worth while cause, you may not be able to solidify your ideas but certainly share them with someone. Volunteer and support financially, every organization has needs; printers, copiers, printing paper, ink pens etc., remember whatever you give will be appreciated!
Just like Daisy Murphy Harvey we all can be an “ANGEL” to those in the community who have a need. The local mayor and pastors, mayors from neighboring counties and even the local state representative gives A.N.G.E.L.’s free airtime on the local radio station all in an effort to help a worthy cause. If you would like to volunteer, partner with or give monetary or donations of any kind please do so. Connect with Daisy Murphy Harvey:
@731-609-0755 or 731-658-5527 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
and check out the A.N.G.E.L.’s website: www.angelsministry.org
“I recognize the need for parental support, after becoming a single parent of six sons when my baby was only four years old. I needed enlightenment and encouragement. I wished for an organization such as ANGEL’S to experience safe confidential sharing and knowledge. So, I know first hand the challenges that single parents face. I felt a need to reach out in a supportive manner.”
Daisy Murphy Harvey