Borrow My Angel

Springfield, MO

Agency Overview

The concept of "Borrow My Angel" originated with a song written to my sister when she was in her darkest place as she battled with mental illness. While walking through my sister’s journey with her, I realized that there is no such thing as “too many allies” in the life of someone struggling with mental illness. 

When she was at one of her lowest moments, I struggled to convey to her how I felt, and how badly I wanted to help her bear her burdens. Those emotions were channeled into the song, "Borrow My Angel" letting her know that any time she needed it, she could borrow my guardian angel to help her overcome the challenges she faced living with mental illness. 

The lessons I learned about mental health stigmas, compassion and availability from my sister has led to the creation of Borrow My Angel. The reality in today’s time, is that most of us have someone we love who struggles with mental illness. Those that are struggling undoubtedly will experience moments where they simply need hope, a friend and a non-judgmental ear to listen. We owe it to them to be an "Angel" to those in desperate need to help them survive and even thrive through their darkest moments.

Borrow My Angel embodies a vision that celebrates the power of a listening ear and an open heart. Our goal is to mobilize an army of volunteers who are willing to simply be a friend, a non-judgmental voice who offers an ear, a pathway to hope and recovery, and resources for guidance to those that are struggling with mental illness, depression or suicidal thoughts when they need it the most. 

We are working to develop an app using technology similar to Uber that will send out an "Angel Beacon" at the touch of a button from those needing help. That beacon will then connect someone needing to "Borrow An Angel" with one of our volunteers for a COMPLETELY anonymous encounter via phone call or instant messenger through the app. Our "Angels" volunteer will lend an ear, be a friend in that moment, and help guide those in need to seek professional help and guidance.

Our Mission Statement, Values and Vision are as follows:

  • Mission Statement: Helping anyone affected by depression & suicidal crisis find strength & hope through online connection & resources.
  • Values:
    • Empathy: Everyone has the right to be heard and valued.
    • Accountability: We are accountable to one another through honesty and transparency.
    • Growth: In everything we do, we cultivate growth through empowerment.
    • Inclusion: We include and engage all people without judgment.
    • Hope: Hope is the nucleus of survival. And all human beings are worthy and deserving of hope for a brighter tomorrow.
    • Ingenuity: We develop creative solutions, and encourage innovative and resourceful thinking in all areas of our organization.
    • Compassion: We act in a compassionate and caring manner out of a genuine concern for others.
  • Vision: A world where all survive mental illness and suicide is eliminated.

Thank you so much in advance for helping the mission become a reality. Any additional questions can be sent to Feel free to send suggestions, ideas or comments, and thank you for helping us on this journey!!

Chuck Dow


Borrow My Angel