Teresa Hoehner, Edmond Mobile Meals executive director, began a new passage in her life upon her retirement Dec. 21.
Hoehner started with Mobile Meals as a volunteer working up the jobs ladder to executive director in January of 2002.
She was recognized by the Edmond City Council and the Character Council of Edmond as Champion of Character for the character trait of gentleness.
“Teresa’s everyday life reflects one of gentleness where she shows consideration and personal concern for others,” Ruth Adams said.
In a letter to the Mobile Meals volunteers, Hoehner said, “Many blessings come with this job, but one of the greatest is being able to serve alongside caring people like our volunteers.”
Hoehner and her husband Mark have lived in the Edmond community for more than 30 years, and have two grown sons, Anthony and Nicholas. Her family members have been constant supporters during Hoehner’s years at Mobile Meals, she said.
Mobile Meals was initially a telephone ministry to check on the homebound when it was started by Edmond ladies in 1974, and then with the help of a $25 donation from each of seven area churches it grew to what it is today.
“What started as serving six meals on the first day has grown to more than 200 meals being delivered each day,” Hoehner said. In 2010 Edmond Mobile Meals served its 500,000th meal.
The first organizers included Carolyn Campbell Vance who recently passed at the age of 94, Sheree Lambert, Jean Ball, Sally Johnson, Wanda Bewley, Jane Faulkner, Janet Weigand and Ada Blankenship.
The simple philosophy of this program is “neighbors caring for neighbors,” and it provides hot meals on a temporary basis or for an extended period of time to Edmond residents who are primarily homebound, unable to easily prepare nutritious meals, and/or without consistent daytime assistance from another person.
“Volunteers deliver the meals, along with a smile,” Hoehner said. “Also, they’ll alert someone if an individual needs help, which provides a sense of security (and a little peace of mind for us) that enables people to continue living in their own homes.”
Although retiring, Hoehner agreed to stay on board while new Executive Director Piper Riggs is transitioning to her new job.
TO LEARN MORE about Edmond Mobile Meals, contact the nonprofit organization at 341-3111 or visit www.edmondmobilemeals.org.