Meet HopSkipDrive CareDriver Vickie Shorts
Written by Karen Sampson
As a grandmother of nine and a mother of five, Vickie Shorts has a lot of experience caring for children of all ages.
After hearing about HopSkipDrive on social media, she became certified as a CareDriver in the Dallas-Forth Worth metro area, where she is thrilled to be using her caregiving skills to give back to her community.
Where do you live and what market do you drive in?
I live in Mesquite, Texas, and I drive in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.
How long have you been driving with HopSkipDrive?
Since April of 2022.
What made you decide to become a CareDriver?
I am very passionate about the protection of our youth, and being a CareDriver is a great way to transport them to school safely and with care. I’m a grandmother so I think of myself as their Granny driver!
What do you like most about being a CareDriver?
Making a difference and solving the worries of parents concerning their children’s safety getting to school or appointments.
Tell us about your caregiving experience. How does it play a role in the work you do as a CareDriver?
As a mother of five adult children and a grandmother of nine grandchildren, I have experience with all ages from the cradle to adults. Just as I love, protect and keep my children safe, I do the same for the students I transport daily.
Have you had any special experiences with Riders that have been meaningful?
Yes. One day, a student asked me if I ever thought about being a foster parent. I replied no, and then asked why he was asking. He said: “Every time I ride in your car, I feel love. And that’s all we kids need is love.” Then he said: “You would make a good granny foster parent.” I said thank you, and then held back tears as I safely got him to school.
That young man made my day! It lifted my spirits to know that he felt the love I surround myself with daily.
What are the most important things you gain from being a CareDriver?
Awareness, compassion and humbleness.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about becoming a CareDriver?
Being a CareDriver means you do your part as a driver by following the rules, and you treat Riders as if they’re your very own family.
What do you tell other people about HopSkipDrive?
That it’s a great company to represent and be a part of that helps make mobility available to everyone.
Do you have any advice you think would be useful for other CareDrivers?
Always keep a positive attitude when dealing with Riders — never engage in negative behavior. Always say please and thank you when asking Riders to refrain from doing something not allowed.
And remember: We are serving, helping and giving back to our communities.
Interested in learning more about becoming a CareDriver?