Shandreka Gray, owner of Employment Transportation Services, and members of the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce pose together in front of a 15-passenger van for a ribbon cutting celebrating the new transportation service. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
Shandreka Gray, owner of Employment Transportation Services, and members of the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce pose together in front of a 15-passenger van for a ribbon cutting celebrating the new transportation service. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
VAN WERT – Businesswoman Shandreka Gray recently partnered with the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce to bring her business, Employment Transportation Services LLC, to the community. The service offers reliable and inexpensive transportation for individuals and employers. A ribbon cutting and grand opening were held on Wednesday.

Drivers will be available 24/7 to provide transportation to individuals who may need rides to an interview, a drug screen, orientation, or to work. ETS also offers services to businesses who may be experiencing high turn over rates due to employees having transportation complications. Groups can be ushered to their assigned job sites for a weekly rate.

To utilize the service, people need to download the ETS Transportation app from the Google Play Store and request a ride. People can also call 260-475-0078 to reserve a ride. ETS will serve a 30-mile radius, including Delphos.

“I am very excited to have a partnership with Van Wert and I want to learn more about what happens here and where transportation is needed so I can find a way to offer it,” said Gray.

Gray started her company in 2017 and originally named the business Indiana Family Transit. At the time, Gray, a foster parent, would help other foster parents transport their children to and from visits and counseling appointments.

“If you’re a foster parent and you have multiple children and you work full time you can’t be in two or three different places at once,” said Gray. “When you have more than one foster, there are a lot of appointments you have to go to every week. Every time I would go to the foster parent meetings, we would all be complaining about the same thing.”

From there, the company developed into a service where Gray took groups of people to and from work. She noticed there was a real need for this type of service.

“I felt like no one was catering to people who need to get to and from work or people who have suspended driver’s licenses or people who have handicaps that can still work but can’t drive,” said Gray.

Gray’s service is self-pay and does not accept Medicaid. All payments are accepted via Square invoice. ETS is able to transport small groups of six or large groups of up to 21 individuals with their van or their minibus. Gray said her future plan is to implement minibuses as a form of public transportation in the area.