After less than six months on the job, John Moore has stepped down as executive director of Tyler-based Meals on Wheels.

Moore said he resigned Wednesday morning.

“When you realize that what you thought was going to happen is not going to happen, then it is time to move on,” Moore said.

He did not elaborate on the specific factors that led to his resignation.

When the newspaper called the Meals on Wheels office to verify the information and seek a comment, the person on the phone said, “We are not making a statement, sir. Bye, bye,” and then hung up.

Moore said that despite improving finances and relationships with vendors and community partners at Meals on Wheels “other factors came into play.”

“It was a positive experience but it did not end as I suspect (it would),” Moore said.

Two days ago, Moore posted on Facebook, “To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.” — Hebrews 11:1.

He praised the work of the organization’s many volunteers.

Moore said he is looking forward to a new phase in his life. He said he plans to expand his work as a humor columnist and become a professional speaker focusing on the humor.

“J.B. Smith is someone I admire,” Moore said about the former Smith County sheriff who is in high demand on the speaking circuit.

“I’ll be taking the John Moore show on the road,” he said.

Moore was hired in June after months of turmoil within the organization and complaints from current and former employees, volunteers and donors about the organization’s management.

“John Moore brings a track record of leadership, an extensive communications background, and community connections to the Meals on Wheels Ministry, and we are excited that he has joined us,” said John Genung, chairman of the Meals on Wheels Ministry board of directors, at the time of Moore’s hiring. “We look forward to John guiding the organization forward as we continue to provide a lifeline of meals to seniors in our region.”

Moore previously worked in community roles at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals and Clinics, Stewart Regional Blood Center, and in broadcasting at KTBB and KNUE Radio in Tyler.

Meals on Wheels Ministry provides warm meals to seniors in six East Texas counties: Smith, Gregg, Henderson, Upshur, Van Zandt and Wood.

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