Meals on Wheels Central Texas is now under new leadership as Dan Pruett stepped down after 13 years with the nonprofit organization. Pruett’s successor, Adam Hauser, has served as a Meals on Wheels board member for 17 years and has been delivering meals as a volunteer for 30 years straight.
Hauser, a former attorney with Husch Blackwell, said the job feels like the perfect fit for him. And he knows a little something about job compatibility.
“I’ve only had one other job as a private practices attorney,” he said. “I don’t look at this job as leaving law, but as joining Meals and Wheels even more closely.”
According to Hauser, the mission of Meals on Wheels is more than just delivering food to those in need. He said home repairs, veteran services and giving seniors someone to talk to are other things volunteers do on a daily basis.
“It’s very common for our volunteers to go into a client’s home and notice something needs to be attended to,” Hauser said. “Things like ‘Mrs. Smith needs a grab-bar in her bathroom.’”
They also partner with PALS, (Pets Assisting the Lives of Seniors), which provides seniors assistance to care for their pets.
“A lot of our clients do live alone and their pets are the most important thing they have,” Hauser said. “We want to make sure their pets have food and can get basic vet care.”
Hauser said he always has had a special interest in helping older adults and that taking over as CEO is a natural next step for him.
“I really love the organization and its mission,” he said. “I want to do my part in continuing the organization’s growth and expansion as well as making sure we stay the go-to one-stop-shop to service the needs of older adults, who are the fastest growing demographic in Central Texas.”
As a long term volunteer, Hauser knows the joy of providing comfort to those in need.
“Being able to brighten someone’s day and give them the meals they so desperately need and wouldn’t get otherwise is a wonderful experience,” he said. “These people wouldn’t be able to live independently in their homes without these services. The volunteers still say that they get more out of this than the seniors, though.”