Don Grant

As interviewed by Liesl Geiger, March 10, 2019

Don Grant: In His Own Words

I migrated here to Texas about 20 years ago.

This is Don Grant. He goes to my church and is involved in an organization called Born Again Ministries, Regeneration House, which provides housing, job placement, and Christian discipleship for those who are displaced due to time spent in prison or drug and alcohol abuse. He says heís been working with some of his clients for up to 15 years.

I was involved with drugs, alcohol. I went to prison. I was displaced in the community as a result of that. And finally, the Lord came into my life and, helping restore me, directed me to go and help those who were like me.

Where are you involved in any organizations when you were younger that helped with people involved with alcohol and prison re-entry?

The only organization that I remember was the Boy Scouts. And I was a boy scout as a result of my church membership. We had a family church there, and I was a boy scout, so they helped to instill the correct values in individuals, et cetera. But back then, the drug and alcohol situation wasnít as prevalent. So the advantage that a lot of kids have today is that at least thereís education to provide some form of prevention.

What do you think are some of the root causes of having an addiction or having to go to prison?

Really itís a lack of learning how to live a more healthy life ó you know, proper counseling. A lot of it is not having a healthy family structure to function in. But for the most part it is learning. You know, people just assume . . . but you know, weíve come to understand that the drugs are not the problem. So when a person uses drugs and alcohol, theyíre just trying to feel good.

How does racial bias play into your work?

Well, itís something thatís overall in our society. But once again, itís our objective to help people understand that in Godís sight, we donít have color, that we all are basically the same. Weíve had a certain amount of success in that area, I think just through Christianity itself.

Thereís a term in the Bible where God refers to what we do as dead works, as doing things good for people, but then God says, ĎThere's no one good.í So when you do things without the correct motivation, thereís the implication that itís void. As I said, whatever good is happening in our country or in the world, itís still being inspired by God. Even though we work with people who come out of prisons, people who have drug and alcohol addictions, it is still the same discipleship. And thatís what we should be doing, regardless of what oneís background is or is not. So the same thing applies. Itís been a great opportunity. I really thank God for the privilege of being able to serve in this capacity.