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We are extremely grateful to our scholarship providers: Bateman Memorial; Henry and Liz Bateman, Paul Chaplin Memorial; Linda Tripp of Care Solutions, The Cowgills (Steve and Teresa Cowgill), FastServ Medical; Chris, Bob and Mike Mayfield, LA TECH Center for Rehabilitation Engineering, Paramount Healthcare, Ross Gombossy Creative Services and United Home Care.
Others nominated for the award were: Linda Tripp, chief executive and founder of Care Solutions, Care Providers, Employment Solutions and Angel Ministries;
Nominees are: Linda Tripp, chief executive and founder of Care Solutions, Care Providers, Employment Solutions and Angel Ministries; Sarah Calhoun Allbritton, president of Medical Temps Inc.; Roanita Jenkins, account executive of Vantage Health Plan; Judith Mower, vice president of Northeast Louisiana Volunteers of America; Dr. Raymond Poliquit, artistic director of Impresario's Choice; and Teresa Gordon, owner of Daily Harvest Bakery and Deli.
Linda Tripp, founder of Angel Ministries, shares her storyThe hub, said founder Linda Tripp, is the prayer room."Without this, the rest wouldn't be possible," she said.Reared in Monticello and Lake Providence, Tripp tells others that she wandered in the wilderness for 40 years before being led by God to what she was meant to do - take care of others. "God put me where he wanted me to be, to take care of people, and that's really how I feel about my life experiences," Tripp said.She has been able to spread her care through her organizations.God first opened the doors for Tripp to run Care Solutions and Care Providers more than 10 years ago, she said."This is obviously a dream of mine to be able to assist people in a lot of different ways," she said.Then, when her son was hit by a car in August 1997, Tripp was shocked to arrive on the scene and find that her son was able to look up at her from the ground and smile."When we got in the ambulance, Taylor said, 'Mama, God was with me,'" Tripp said."And I said, 'Baby, he's with us all the time,' and he said, 'You don't understand, God was with me.'"And I didn't understand, but that night after realizing what he had been spared, I wanted to do something to glorify God and honor him for sparing my child," Tripp said."And that's how Angel Ministries came about."The ultimate goal of Angel Ministries is to provide care for people who don't have someone to care for them, Tripp said.In recent years, Angel Food Ministries, which is based out of Georgia, has become a part of Angel Ministries."We are able to give families about $70 worth of food for $25," Tripp said."We also just got a grant for us to have a $50,000 walk-in cooler so that we can be a distribution center for Angel Food Ministries; I'm really excited about that."Around 500-600 people participate each time the service is offered, with different people signing up each time, Tripp said.Plans are in the works to open up a program in Columbia as well.Angel Ministries also runs a resale shop, which allows it to help families and provide them with household goods.Heavenly Gifts, a retail shop for Angel Ministries, is also in the works.On top of those projects, Tripp said Angel Ministries is working to bring hyperbaric chambers to their site tohelp people with many different health issues through oxygen treatment.Also, singer Mark Leland, who wrote the song "Missing Pieces" about autism, is doing a Christmas album for the organization that will be available at Christmas time, Tripp said."We are going to have the first Angel Ministries Holiday Extravaganza," Tripp said."It's going to be a free concert and variety show, and we'll take up a love offering for Angel Ministries, but it's my way of kind of giving back to the community."Tripp especially hopes people with special needs will come, be entertained and have an evening they can enjoy.She is proud of the team that she has working toward the same goals."They're very dedicated and very attuned to what we're doing ... I'm amazed at it sometimes," she said.Ten years after a car struck her son and she determined in her heart to start Angel Ministries, Tripp sees the path that has led her to where she is.The path will only continue where God leads."It is milestones like your 10-year anniversary that make you reflect on where you've been, and God's timing is not our timing," she said.Linda Tripp is the founder of Angel Ministries and Care Solutions.Angel Ministries won the volunteer of the year award at the Twin Cities Mayors' Committee on Disabilities Award. FUNDRAISER To participate in an Oct. 26 golf tournament fundraiser for Tripp's organization at Frenchman's Bend, call 362-0036.
Nominees are Linda Tripp, executive director of Care Solutions/Angel Ministries; Robert Canterbury, president of Applied Information Management Sciences Inc.; Patsy Edmondson, owner of Patsy's Emporium; Deborah Cofer, first lady of the University of Louisiana at Monroe;, Diane Green Smith, retired professor of library science at ULM; Christine Berry, director of insurance studies at ULM; Frank Kelly Jr., artist and owner of Creative Paintings Inc.; and Sue Patel, owner and general manager of Comfort Suites of Monroe.