A blessing on wheels
Published 10:34 am Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Because Regina Crockett has been blessed, she wants to offer her abilities, compassion and resources to help other people in need.
As the owner of Caring Giving On Wheels, most recently she’s arranging to transport unemployed people from Franklin to Williamsburg in order to find work. Beginning April 1, either Crockett or her son, Brian, will start driving a 15-seat van to take hopeful passengers up through Wakefield and across the James River ferry to the city and, more specifically Colonial Williamsburg. It’s there, Crockett believes, where people have a greater chance of getting work.
“There are no jobs here in Franklin, and a lack of transportation” she said, shaking her head.
If the need later demands it, another van will be sought to carry more people.
“God’s going to make a way,” Crockett added. “Everybody who can help should help. I’m going to give to someone else.”
The upcoming van service is, of course, not the only feature of her business, which is based in downtown Franklin.
Seniors who are still quite active, but unable to drive, can get rides to doctor’s appointments, shopping or other errands.
All that, she said, is the result of a dream — a vision, really, of transportation. But Crockett wants to do more for people. She’s thinking about opening an assisted-living home for three qualified seniors.
“You want to provide the best care for them,” Crockett said of whomever she’ll be able to help. “There’s such a need for a safe environment.”
She would bring to the site not just her presence for 12 hours a day, but also her training in assisting people with Alzheimer’s disease. Crockett said she’s worked at the unit for dementia patients of the Lake Prince retirement community in Suffolk.
Her work now and later is not a solo effort; it’s a family affair that also includes other children, Ernest Crockett Jr., Brittany and Janica.
“I’m so connected to family,” Crockett said about both the help she’s getting, as well as those seniors with whom she connects. “I do more interaction with older people.”
Though it took her awhile to accept it, Crockett came to realize that her purpose in life is helping others.
“As long as God keeps blessing me, I want to bless someone else,” she said.
Caring Giving On Wheels is located at 510 Main St., Franklin. Call 517-5150 or email email@example.com for more information.