The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Progress 2012

April 14, 2012

Offering visitors, patients a lift

St. Mary’s volunteers responsible for rides to and from parking lot


ENID — Shreve said he always is looking for more drivers.

“I could always stand more drivers,” he said. “Just like more volunteers, we could always stand more volunteers.”

Shreve said drivers get a great deal of satisfaction out of the time spent in the SaintMobiles, which operate in all kinds of weather, as long as it is safe for them to do so.

“If the drivers didn’t get satisfaction out of it, they wouldn’t be out there,” he said. “In the wintertime it’s a terrible, terrible cold job. In the summertime it’s a terrible, terrible hot job. If they didn’t enjoy doing it, they wouldn’t be out there.”

SaintMobiles are neither air-conditioned nor heated, with the exception of small catalytic heaters carried aboard on the coldest winter days.

“About all it does is keep your hands from freezing,” Shreve said. “ It doesn’t help your feet at all.”

The carts’ capacity is supposed to be three adults and the driver, but that limit often is exceeded, Shreve said.

“I’ve had seven in there beside me before,” he said, “but they weren’t all big people, there were kids. You get relatives and kids, you can cram more than that in there.”

All young riders are given Tootsie Rolls, Shreve said, and some not so young, as well.

“Once in awhile adults will say, ‘Can I have a Tootsie Roll?’” Shreve said.

“They don’t want to be left out,” said Callicoat.

One trip at a time

Shreve, a former St. Mary’s volunteer of the year, also does other jobs for the hospital, working registration and escort. He has logged nearly 5,000 volunteer hours, in all.

But his favorite volunteer activity is driving the SaintMobiles, said Shreve, who worked 40 years as a carpet layer and 26 as a firefighter, then worked as a maintenance man at Oakwood Christian Church before finally retiring.

“I tremendously enjoy helping people,” he said.

One trip at a time.

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Progress 2012
  • onlineheader.jpg 2012 ON THE HORIZON

    The News & Eagle puts out an annual progress edition. This year's 2012 On the Horizon focuses on developments now and in the future. The stories in text format are available by scrolling down this page.

    Links to pdf format: Economic Development I Health and Wellness I Education I Northwest Oklahoma I Family I Faith I Agriculture and Energy I Community Service


    February 18, 2012 1 Photo

  • cover.jpg Community Service

    Enid News & Eagle's 2012 On the Horizon edition concludes with the role of community service.

    Click HERE for text version of the stories.

    Click HERE for pdf version of the edition.

    April 15, 2012 1 Photo

  • Chisholm vs Okeene_6_BV.jpg Chisholm seeks consistency

    August 19, 2012 1 Photo

  • Karen Vanover_Bass Hospital Volunteer_2_BV.jpg A positive interaction

    Karen Vanover and A.Z. Callicoat are past volunteers of the year at their respective hospitals, Vanover at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center and Callicoat at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • Sandbox Learning Center_Ella Mae Loggins_BV.jpg Foster Grandparents: The solver of all problems

    “It’s something to get up for in the morning." — Foster Grandparent Ella Loggins

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • Hedges_Carmen Ball_3_BV.jpg Hear this

    Hedges is committed to improving communications skills for those in need in northwest Oklahoma.
    Executive Director Carmen Ball said Hedges is the only full-service speech and hearing center in northwest Oklahoma.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • Stephanie Ezzell_BV.jpg Doing their part for the community

    Stephanie Ezzell is active in the community in a number of capacities, including the popular Farmers Market, on the southeast corner of Grand and Garriott.

    April 14, 2012 1 Photo

  • Keepin' Enid Green_1_BV.jpg Sorting out the service

    The curbside recycling business began after Chris Feeney of Oklahoma Employment Securities’ Material Recovery, a recycling venture, repeatedly was asked why the option wasn’t available.

    April 14, 2012 2 Photos

  • ESL_Emmanuel Baptist Church_4_BV.jpg Learning the language

    Volunteers at Emmanuel Baptist Church stepped up to fill that gap with free ESL instruction last January, and now they have hopes of expanding the program to better serve the community.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos

  • First Presbyterian Church Mentoring_1_BV.jpg Tutoring joy

    Each Wednesday after school, church members pick up students — there are 23 in this year’s group — and take them to the church building for a snack, some fun and plenty of homework help.

    April 14, 2012 3 Photos