Name: Whitney Lee
Title: Executive Director
Organization: Erath County Senior Citizens, Inc.
How did you become interested in this work?
I started working with MOW about 6 years ago as the Executive Director. I was just blown away by the commitment of the volunteers and board members. The idea of being a part of that kind of dedication – of something bigger than myself – was what really drew me in.
What drives your passion?
The very first thing my predecessor told me was – Get the meals out first. That’s the most important thing. And, the food is definitely important. Your body needs proper nutrition to function. But, our people get so much more than a hot meal – they get a friendly smile, peace of mind, a sense of security. Not a week goes by where I don’t get a call or letter from a client saying they don’t think they’d be able to stay in their homes without our meals.
What’s the biggest challenge in your work?
Does your organization offer any programs other than home meal delivery?
We have a small congregate program, pet assistance, and transportation.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Keep your mission first. If you can stay focused on that, the rest will fall into place.
Was there a client, volunteer, or poignant moment in your work that has had a great impact on you?
There have been so many clients and volunteers who have inspired and encouraged me in so many ways over the years. I didn’t come from a big family – so I think MOW is God’s way of making sure I’m constantly surrounded by a surrogate family. They keep me going, even on the really hard days.