Woman’s prayers answered — starts own courier service
Gina Delice off and running with Miami Mini Riders
Ashley Montgomery | 9/26/2013, 9 a.m.
Some people may be born with a silver spoon in their mouths but that clearly was not the case for 52-year-old, Overtown native, Gina Delice. And while she says she always had a passion for helping others, she could not have imagined the places where God would take her.
One of her first jobs was as a bus aide for Miami-Dade County Public Schools.
“I always told people that I was a driver,” Delice said, because she hoped to reach heights much greater than just an aide. But her children, she adds, weren’t convinced.
“I told my kids that one day I would become owner of my own transportation company and they laughed,” she said.
But she remained determined. A few years later she applied for a position as a route driver at The Miami Times — staying there for 10 years. But a skirmish with the law temporarily delayed her dreams. Two years later, and following a stint behind bars, Delice says she felt that she had learned her lesson and was ready to reclaim her life.
“I never gave up; I kept my faith and told my kids that the Lord was showing me things before they happened,” she said.
Thrust into the world again, she says she turned to her former employer for guidance. But after injuring herself away from the job, she fell into a state of depression.
“Ms. [Rachel] Reeves always took time to listen to me and to encourage me and that mattered a lot,” she said.
Delice says she heard about a program called “Ticket to Work” that gave individuals with a disability and a dream the tools to become an entrepreneur and she took full advantage of it.
Today, Delice, the owner of Mini Rides, Inc., prides herself on delivering premier courier service with vendors throughout Miami-Dade County. Two of her clients shared their views about her services.
“She’s a wonderful, kind and very helpful woman; I have no complaints about her services,” said Jackie Ramos, office manager of Bay Imaging Group.
“Gina’s super friendly, professional and punctual,” said Shanell, office manager of Awesome Chiropractic North Miami.
Delice, a member of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, has been recognized by Miami-Dade County as an outstanding Black entrepreneur.