Spotlight on Service: Pat Wheeler

Cavalier County Meals and Transit • (701) 256-2828

Pat Wheeler

Posted on 9/28/13

By Lee Coleman

Service can sometimes become a missing component of today’s ever-changing world but when it comes to Pat Wheeler and her service to the senior citizens of Langdon, service is at the forefront.

Wheeler, 63, has worked for Cavalier County Meals and Transit for 17 years and has worn many hats including cooking, office assisting and transit driver.

Wheeler was born in Glenwood, Iowa and has six children and seven grandchildren. She moved to Langdon in 1992.

“I started as a cook and I love cooking and working with older people,” Wheeler said. “They are a nice group of people at the center and I just enjoy being with them.

“My job has been very rewarding. For many of them, this is their only social outlet for the day to come down and be with the other people here.”

Wheeler cooks from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. then moves over to the office and works on meal and transit schedules in addition to helping out with the driving responsibilities.

“These senior citizens are so appreciative of what you do for them,” Wheeler said. “Most of them can cook their own meals but the social aspect is the most important thing when they can come down and be with other people.”

Wheeler said the kitchen prepares 20 to 30 meals a day including home bound meals and those delivered to Milton.

Transit, she said, is for people with appointments, the grocery store, doctor’s visits and other needs for transportation.

But, Wheeler said, the transportation is available to everyone in Langdon, not just senior citizens.

The cost is $1.50 for one trip or $3 for the entire day if a person has multiple stops. A 10-trip ticket can be purchased for $15 so riders don’t have to worry about not having any cash on them.

“People don’t understand it’s not just a senior bus,” Wheeler explained. “It is for anyone in town from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. We can haul anyone anywhere if they just give us a call and let us know.

“It is important to let people know we are here and ready to help them. I know how dependent people are on us. We can come whenever they need us Monday through Friday.”

The cost to have lunch is $6.50 for people under 60 years old and if a person is over 60, they can pay whatever they can to eat. No one will be turned away, Wheeler said.

“There are a lot of people that could use our services but don’t,” Wheeler said. “We want everyone to know our services are available to anyone.

“I love my job and the people we serve so I want more people to give us a chance to help them.”

The phone number for meal service and transportation assistance is (701)256-2828.