The Edmond Sun

April 3, 2013

Edmond Mobile Meals wins ESSCO honors

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Two area nonprofits, the Edmond Mobile Meals and the Center of Family Love in Okarche, will be honored at the 2013 annual meeting of the Executive Service Corps of Central Oklahoma. The event, to be held at the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, will not only honor these two organizations but will salute ESCCO’s many clients, consultants, donors and friends.

ESCCO is a group of management professionals who volunteer their expertise in assisting nonprofits with their business management and operations.

Edmond Mobile Meals will receive the first-time Bill Phillips Award, named for founding ESCCO Executive Director William J. Phillips, of Edmond, who now serves the organization as administrative services director. The award will include a complimentary ESCCO management consulting project valued at $7,500 to a deserving nonprofit entity.

Edmond Mobile Meals, operating independently since 1974, provides hot, nourishing meals to elderly and disabled persons who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. The meals and daily contact by caring volunteers allow frail, homebound persons to remain in their own homes.

More than 300 volunteers freshly prepare and deliver an average of 190 meals per day, five days a week.

“It is gratifying when a nonprofit like Center of Family Love takes on the challenge of adopting our consulting recommendations and moves their organization forward, especially in tough economic times,” said Jack Fesler, ESCCO chairman. “And we feel sure Edmond Mobile Meals will do the same at the conclusion of their management study by an ESCCO consulting team.”

The Center of Family Love has been selected as recipient of the Harry Perry Award, ESCCO’s top honor given annually to a nonprofit client of ESCCO that has shown great improvements in its management and operational practices.

The award is named in honor of the late Harry Perry, a retired Fleming Foods executive who served both as an ESCCO consultant and board chairman. Previous winners include Ballet Oklahoma, New View (formerly League for the Blind), Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma Boathouse Foundation and Oklahoma Goodwill Industries.

The Center of Family Love was started in 1975 and provides quality lifetime care for persons with developmental disabilities. Its residents come from 23 counties in Oklahoma, 11 other states and two foreign countries. More than 100 residents are cared for in five facilities located in Okarche, Kingfisher and El Reno. Current residents range in age from 19 to 84.

ESCCO is a 501(c)(3) organization funded through the contributions of foundations, corporations and individuals.