A.N.G.E.L.S. celebrates 10 years of serving the community
Written by Jennifer Smeltser
Published in the Bulletin Times,Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:18 PM
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"A.N.G.E.L.S. Inc. has staying power," said Hardeman County General Sessions Court Judge Chip Cary at its 10th Annual Award Banquet that was held on Saturday, October 3 at the Bolivar Municipal Center. The 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization has been offering parenting classes and juvenile anger management courses for 10 years in Hardeman County and its surrounding areas.
"This is the best, well attended banquet I've been to," said Cary referring to the full room of banquet guests who came to celebrate the evening with A.N.G.E.L.S. director and founder, Daisy Murphy Harvey.
Sharon Murden, Assistant Vice President Branch Manager of CB&S Bank in Bolivar, was the toastmistress for the evening that was full of many "wow" moments, as referred to by Ms. Murden when mentioning the performers and speakers who were presented throughout the evening.
The evening was about celebrating the continued work of A.N.G.E.L.S., the families - - especially the children - - it has helped, as well as about the woman behind the ministry. Judge Steve Hornsby recounted the story of when Harvey came to him to discuss her idea for a ministry and he also spoke about her passion and love of children.
"The best gift we can give our children is a loving presence and positive interaction, and Daisy understands that," said Hornsby.
Judge Cary also spoke about the value to the community of Harvey's work and ministry.
"I deal in failure," said Cary, who sees many delinquent youth come through his courtroom. "When I have a delinquent child in front of me, often Daisy is the only resource I have besides sending that child away. Because of her program, we are able to send children there to get the help they need. Daisy is successful at the work she does. If she weren't, then there wouldn't be a 10 on that sign," said Cary, referring to the banner that hung behind him recognizing the years A.N.G.E.L.S. has been in existence.
Two of Harvey's six sons, Dameon and Dexter, were able to attend with their families and also give insight into the woman.
"As a single parent, my mother stepped up and became both mother and father to my brothers and me and taught us how to be men," said Dameon, who also shared a humorous story about how his mother took over his bedroom and turned it into the office for A.N.G.E.L.S.
Dexter is a professional musician and currently works as a teacher in Knoxville. Harvey was able to learn much from Dexter, who had experience working at a non-profit and with grant writing. With what she learned, Harvey was able to obtain non-profit status for A.N.G.E.L.S.
"My mother stood by me through everything," said Dexter, who spoke about how his mother would often help others before helping herself. "When I was in college, she would give me her last dime."
Both men also talked about how Harvey raised them to hold onto and love their families, but it was her daughter-in-law, Dr. Nicie Murphy, who put it all into perspective.
"Ms. Daisy is a woman of integrity and she loves children. When she hears that something is not right with a child, it hits her in the pit of her stomach. She pours a lot of work into the ministry and the children it helps. If she sees a child being neglected, then Daisy steps in," said Murphy.
Musical performances were given by Linda Watkins, Cortney D. Anderson, Tamia Taylor, Bobbie L. McKinnie and Ramon Gudger.
The guest speaker for the evening was Ms. Zulfat Suara, owner of Advance Business Consultants, CPA in Bolivar. Suara spoke of the need for people to have passion, hope, faith and compassion, which are all characteristics she sees exemplified through Harvey.
"We all need passion, hope, faith and compassion. Passion is what moves us and gives us hope. We can't put faith in ourselves and have to realize that we need each other and must be compassionate towards one another," said Suara, who then brought her message full-circle. "Love is a word we use every day. Love will make us better as a parent, neighbor, a community and as a society. The love of God, the love that controls it all is the secret to success. When you truly love God, then it will be easy for you to be all of those other things. The work Daisy continues to do is evidence of that."
The evening closed with several comments about the need to support A.N.G.E.L.S.
"Daisy picks up where the courts drop off and the homes neglect," said Tennessee State Representative Johnny Shaw. "Don't say that it is not my child, because it takes all of us to be a quality and upstanding community. We should really reach out and put some resources into this type of program."
If you would like to learn more about Always Near God's Everlasting Love (A.N.G.E.L.S.) and how to support the ministry, then visit them online at http://www.angelsministry.org/ or call (731) 658-5527 for more information.