Douglas Grant is a former middle school teacher and counselor with nearly 30 years of experience. Beyond his role as a teacher, Douglas “Doug” Grant volunteers with Trinity Oaks, a Texas-based nonprofit organization that provides hunting and fishing programming and donates meat to food pantries and homeless shelters throughout the state.
Since 2007, Trinity Oaks’ programs have helped over 3,400 people experience the thrill of hunting. The nonprofit primarily supports military veterans and underprivileged youth. One of its recently implemented programs, StarKids, provides outdoor programming for children of deceased combat veterans and first responders. The free program, available to boys and girls between the ages of 10 and 18, began in the spring of 2017. Each child is partnered with a member of the agency to which his or her deceased parent belonged. Both the child and the mentor become hunter safety certified and, along with other child-mentor partners, participate in a deer or hog hunt.
The goal of the program is to help children deal with the grieving process while also forging a lasting mentor relationship with a professional who has responsibilities and life experiences similar to their parent.