What do you do?
Pat Soderberg

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I am the director of the Meals on Wheels program at Silver Key.
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       I oversee the meals (make sure the dietary needs are accurate) that are distributed from Monday to Friday. I also supervise 3 1/2 staff and all the volunteers and do the accounting for the clients.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
       I started as a volunteer driver in the fall of 2004. I became the volunteer coordinator (paid position) in May of 2005 and then the director in July 2006.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       I like working with the elderly. It’s rewarding, they are so grateful. It’s also a pleasure coming to work. The cook starts at 5, so when I come in at 7, the aroma of baked brownies or other food is wonderful!
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       To increase our clientele. We have the capacity of serving 30 to 50 more clients without having to add to the staff. We have about 200 regular volunteers every week.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       I have a BS in education for K-12 and a strong inside sales background. I had not worked with the elderly prior to coming to Silver Key. In my present position I have daily face-to-face contact with elderly volunteers and clients. This can be very rewarding. I do plan on taking a gerontology class this year through the University of Colorado.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       I like being next to the mountains. It is the Gateway to the Rockies!

“What do you do?” is a regular feature in the Westside Pioneer. If you know someone who has an interesting job on the Westside (but doesn’t live here), he/she might be a candidate for this column! If you know someone who might qualify, give us a call at 471-6776.