After working for Deloitte Dayton for 43 years, Wells retired in 2019 and was able to start up her crock pot cooking classes.
“For me to be able to retire and do something I love— oh, wow. I just enjoy what I do,” Wells said.
She taught newly-housed individuals how to create healthy meals while following a budget. She said she learned the value of a healthy meal after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2013. Wells alerted her diet to cut out sugars and processed foods.
Her classes break down the whole process from using and cleaning the appliance to cooking and storing food made in the crock pot. Through donations, Wells is able to giveaway crock pots at each of her classes.
Through Homefull’s Mobile Grocery initiative that was launched in 2020, Wells has shared her recipes with even more community members. She joins the Homefull crew on their mobile grocery drops, and gives food demonstrations at the one dozen different locations.
Homefull’s chief strategic officer, Trudy Elder, nominated Wells as a Dayton Daily News Community Gem for her years of dedication to the most vulnerable in the community.
“According to her, there’s nothing she can’t cook in a crock pot,” Elder said. “It could be a full Thanksgiving meal. It could be a morning breakfast. It doesn’t matter. She can cook it in a crock pot.”
By assisting in some of the crock pot classes, Elder said she gets to observe how committed and engaged Wells is with the community she have lived, worked and served in for 50 years.