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.
River City Community Church
Douglas Grant has launched innovative programs as a teacher for San Antonio public schools. In addition to serving as a teacher, Douglas Grant is now a counselor for South Texas Rural Health Services. Doug Grant also worships at River City Community Church.
In addition to weekly worship, River City offers several programs tasked with educating members and reaching out to the San Antonio community.
Many River City members are part of small groups of eight to ten individuals or three to four couples. Participants meet three or four times a month to support each other, pray, and discuss the Bible. Before joining, prospective members sign up for Grouplink, a two-hour event that connects persons in similar life circumstances.
Another tool for growth is River City University, composed of classes and groups organized into five domains: marriage and family, Biblical studies, foundations, support and recovery, and pastoral leadership.
Real Life Christian Assistance ministers to the community on the third Saturday of every month. On that day, persons in need can select free items from a food pantry and enjoy a hot meal. Visitors also have the opportunity to buy gently used clothes and swap children’s clothes for different sizes.
Trinity Oaks Foundation
Having worked as a middle school teacher and school counselor for over twenty years, Douglas “Doug” Grant is currently a licensed professional counselor. He practices in a variety of areas, including geropsychology, addiction, and crisis/trauma counseling. Douglas Grant also supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Trinity Oaks Foundation.
The Trinity Oaks Foundation helps families in need by donating wild game meat, which can be used for meals. Established in 2007, the foundation is a nonprofit organization that uses outdoor hunting and fishing activities to give back to the community. Since its inception, the foundation has helped more than 3,400 people.
The Trinity Oaks Foundation distributes more than 9,000 pounds of meat each month to families and individuals throughout the Southern Texas and Northern Mexico area. The program also helps support combat veterans and Purple Heart recipients who have family members that are dealing with terminal illnesses along with young people in need.
Muller’s Ark Ranch
A licensed professional counselor in Texas with more than a decade of experience as a middle school teacher, Douglas (Doug) Grant formerly worked as a U.S. history teacher in the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio. In his free time, Douglas Grant enjoys spending time outdoors and especially likes visiting Muller’s Ark Ranch.
Located on 100 acres in the city of Bandera, Muller’s Ark Ranch provides visitors an abundance of outdoor activities in the Texas Hill Country. The ranch’s riverfront gives guests the opportunity to enjoy swimming and picnicking. Also featuring a private lake, the ranch offers great fishing and opportunities to see diverse wildlife, such as deer, wild turkey, peafowl, and geese.
Muller’s Ark Ranch provides several unique places to spend the night, including the two-bedroom Lake House, with its native cypress log beds and a four-poster queen bed, and the Ark Cottage, which also has two bedrooms and overlooks the Medina River. Guests can also stay in the Caboose, which is a real train caboose that has been transformed into a mini-house with a complete kitchen, a bath with a shower, air conditioning, and a wood-burning Franklin stove.
To learn more about Muller’s Ark Ranch, visit www.mullersark.com.
Trinity Oaks Foundation
A former teacher and counselor, Douglas (Doug) Grant worked in San Antonio, Texas, schools for more than 20 years. Currently applying his experience as a teacher to his work in the mental health field, Douglas Grant enjoys supporting local charities, including Trinity Oaks.
Trinity Oaks allows game hunters and nature enthusiasts to give back to their community by spending time in the great outdoors. Its programs use hunting and fishing as tools to help young people, veterans, and people in need.
The organization’s meat processing and distribution program allows hunters to donate the meat from game animals they procure. Trinity Oaks picks up large donations, whether they are already frozen cuts of meat or whole game animals.
Trinity Oaks workers process donated game in their commercial-grade kitchen. The resulting cuts of meat are sent to area shelters, kitchens, and other places where it can be used to feed families in need. This service supplies 1,150 meals every day, or 9,000 pounds of meat each month.
Douglas Grant has more than two decades of experience teaching middle school history and working as a school counselor. Most recently serving as a substitute teacher for Randolph Field Independent School District, Douglas “Doug” Grant has a record of engaging students and starting new clubs. Dedicated to helping his community as well, Mr. Grant supports Trinity Oaks, a nonprofit organization.
Committed to changing people’s lives for the better, Trinity Oaks uses fishing and other outdoor activities as healing and change platforms. The organization maintains numerous programs and retreats during the year, including Paige’s Place, an outdoor retreat in Port Mansfield, Texas, that welcomes military veterans and families for free fishing activities. Through the retreat, Trinity Oaks provides its participants with the possibility of recovering, reconnecting, or reintegrating.
Youth activities at Paige’s Place are designed for children who are disabled, terminally ill, grieving, or adopted. Families can attend the free retreat to help children rediscover the carefree feelings of being a child.
Veterans’ activities focus on healing and rehabilitation. Paige’s Place is accessible to the handicapped, so veterans with disabilities can learn new hobbies or skills that otherwise might have been unavailable to them. Beyond helping veterans and children, Paige’s Place is open for use by other nonprofit organizations with similar goals.
Trinity Oaks Foundation
A teacher by profession, Douglas Grant supports his community on a personal level as well. As an experienced teacher, Douglas Grant is an active supporter of Trinity Oaks Foundation, which offers hunting and fishing experiences, as well as food for families in need.
For veterans, children, individuals with disabilities, and patients with terminal illnesses, Trinity Oaks Foundation offers participatory programs that are both enjoyable and healing. Its hero celebrations for military service personnel provide the therapeutic experience of hunting and fishing in scenic natural settings. Through such adaptations as a customized all-terrain wheelchair, and accommodations for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the foundation strives to ensure that any veteran can enjoy the experience.
The foundation also offers a wide variety of hunting, fishing, and outdoor adventure programs for young people. Its middle and high school programs challenge adolescent participants to develop such skills as archery, orienteering, and survival skills, as well as self-confidence, while its children’s events introduce participants to the satisfaction of outdoor hunting adventures. Furthermore, through its Dream Trips program, the Trinity Oaks Foundation offers such adventures to those with terminal illnesses and physical disabilities.
Trinity Oaks Foundation also maintains a complete meat processing and distribution center. There, the organization handles approximately 7,000 pounds of meet per year. The organization donates this meat to shelters, food banks, and orphanages, where approximately 1,150 individuals per day receive a healthy meal full of protein.