Since 2006, I have been committed to treating skin and other problems within the body with holistic care. My philosophy has always been to understand what underlying issues are causing problems and treating them as organically as possible. In recent years, I have had the opportunity to provide these holistic healing services for my close friends and clients who were struggling with cancer treatments, or recovering from other physical or emotional traumas.

I have been able to provide free services that have helped ease pain, or relieve stress in a difficult time. Whether it be a massage to help sore muscles, a facial to treat chemotherapy rashes, or acupuncture to help with stress management, each treatment was able to provide my friends with a positive and loving touch that brought comfort and assisted with healing. The intention to create a non-profit has grown from this work. In providing these services to close friends and seeing the impact, I realized what a need there was for providing these services to a larger community.

Since our inception, we have had the honor of partnering with SafePlace and Lifeworks in providing treatments to their clients. We are also looking forward to providing services to families staying at the Ronald McDonald House this fall. Our organization is unique in that it is the only nonprofit in Austin providing holistic healing services free of charge to people affected by illness or trauma. Tracy Bethel ~ Founder

In the coming months, we will be developing a local-based non-profit that will focus on providing healing holistic services to individuals dealing with chronic illness or trauma. The services provided will undoubtedly improve the quality of life for those individuals dealing with painful medical treatments or other traumas, and decrease stress and pain.

In fact, we have already started our work. We have recently reached out to a young woman featured in the Austin-American Statesman’s Seasons for Caring, who was held in captivity in Uganda for three years, and is now rebuilding her life here in Austin. The Aloe Foundation is providing her with skincare to address burn scars and other skin related issues, acupuncture to help her overcome the emotional traumas she experienced, and massage therapy to help decrease stress related to her multiple needs. To create an organization that reflects the mission and values of our commitment will be an arduous process; yet the impact that this organization can have on our Austin community is profound.

As we look to establish this organization, we are seeking your support, which will allow us to reach many others in need. We are very excited about this endeavor, and thank you in advance for your support.


Tracy Bethel, Founder, Aloe Foundation
Angie Del Prado Lippman, MSSW, PhD, Executive Director, Aloe Foundation

Why Aloe Foundation?

No other non-profit organization in the Austin area provides free holistic healing care that addresses trauma or augments traditional medical treatments.

  • The Aloe Foundation, currently in development phase, will provide holistic healing care to individuals suffering from chronic illness and trauma though acupuncture, massage, individualized skin care, and education. Intention is to reduce pain, decrease stress, and promote wellness.
  • Services will not take the place of any medical treatment plan, but will supplement and be administered in a manner that enhances the clients’ medical treatment.
  • The Aloe Foundation will extend its reach to youth undergoing life-challenging experiences, to provide educational workshops and classes with the goal of increasing their knowledge of wellness and improving self-esteem.
  • The impact that donors can make is crucial, for approximately $1,500 one person can receive four services a month for six months. These holistic services can make a significant impact on a person dealing with a serious ailment, stressful treatment regimen, or trauma.
  • No other organization in Austin is providing complementary services including acupuncture, massage, individualized skin care, and education in a manner that will augment the traditional medical treatments for comfort and healing free of charge.
  • Opportunities for collaboration and partnership with other organizations with similar aims will be sought after.
  • Our plan is to provide counseling services in the future for clients
  • Assistance with basic needs as identified through intake process, and provided for if funds allow


  • Serve 40-50 individuals for year 1
  • Apply and secure grant funding for year 2 and 3
  • Establish partnerships with other organizations with similar aims to extend reach of Aloe Foundation
  • Market and outreach to communities in South and East Austin for diverse population
  • Establish partnerships with other service providers in Austin