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Ennis Meals on Wheels: 30 faithful years

Local charity is independent of county association
After 30 years of providing nourishment, companionship and spiritual mentoring, Ennis Meals on Wheels is still hitting the road with love and caring as warm as the home-cooked goodness it serves up to this city’s elderly and disabled.
The local agency is not affiliated with the Johnson and Ellis County Meals on Wheels, but is a separate entity manned by 24 volunteers and a committee of seven. It’s also sustained exclusively by generous donations from area individuals, businesses and other organizations.
This fact is a source of pride for Carmen Osterheld, Ennis Meals on Wheels Executive Director.
“We do not want to hurt or interfere with the work of other groups,” she said. “We just want people to know about us and how our work is different.”
The greatest difference, Osterheld admits, is that Ennis Meals on Wheels is a faith-driven, locally based effort providing much more than well-balanced, delicious lunches.
“The aim of the Ennis Meals On Wheels ministry is to ‘be about our Father’s work,’” she added. “Each meal is delivered with a smile, a sincere greeting and sometimes a hug, a Bible verse and each month a Christian poem. This is a faith ministry and as long as God prompts the resources of His people, we are committed to keeping on serving.”
Founded in 1978, Ennis Meals on Wheels’ first clients were 35 shut-ins. Since then the local group has served 225,000 meals to special needs men and women all over eastern Ellis County from the kitchen of the First United Methodist Church of Ennis.
Osterheld added that most recipients of her organization’s meals are served plates that are still hot, being dispatched within 30 minutes of “leaving the stove.”
The savory lunches are prepared by cook/dietician Ruth Ann Scarborough
“Her expertise and dependability are praiseworthy and appreciated,” Osterheld said. “She also has been coordinating deliverers for the past couple of years, keeping the hot meals moving from the kitchen in timely fashion.”
Osterheld said Ennis Meals on Wheels has been an integral part of the community since its inception yet it has remained an enigma to many since the group hasn’t had the resources to advertise as regularly as the inter-county organization.
Now delivering to some 82 people a day in Ennis, Bardwell, Reagor Springs, Palmer, Garrett, Telico, Alma, Creechville and Bristol, the effort remains a success but Osterheld said more volunteers and donations are needed to maintain service.
“We need the support of more of our local people since some regular donors have moved out-of-state recently,” she said. “It costs at present over $1,600 a month to operate including the cook’s salary and the food. We have no other overhead expenses. The First United Methodist Church has removed the required rent for the past few years, which is much appreciated.”
To donate funds, make checks payable to Ennis Meals on Wheels and mail to P.O. Box 744, Ennis, Texas, 75120. To volunteer, call 972-878-6994.

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