Eric Painter of Texas, who has served the homeless since 2013, gives Houston volunteers advice about how to help at-risk youths in April 2021. Painter focuses energies on teens who either have no home or need clothing and food, but he says it’s more than just about meeting physical needs.
“You do whatever you can to make that person’s life better and to make them feel love and acceptance,” it says in literature that describes Painter’s homeless ministry. Reports also state that his non-profit pursuits are about “meeting all their needs, especially what’s hidden inside of them.” Additionally, recent online updates summarize what he advises to volunteers on how to talk to homeless people.
What Eric Painter Suggests When Talking to Homeless People
Eric Painter says that, although it may be painful for them to talk about, Painter suggests that speaking with people about their situation gives them a new perspective. He says talking to them about their homelessness also allows them to “begin healing” and to “start over.”
He reportedly also states that working with at-risk teens is challenging, but it’s also rewarding. Eric continues to pursue actions that he equates to making a difference in their lives – even if that difference is only a small one, according to him. These are the kinds of messages he delivers to other volunteers who want to provide encouragement young people need.
An example of homeless ministry work supported by Eric Painter of Texas that meets physical needs: He participates in the Mamie George Food Fair in Fort Bend County, TX. At this event, he helps distribute food sourced from donations and from an on-site garden that helps feed economically challenged families. This is also one type of event where he would provide intangible support when the opportunity arises.
The individual and group mentorship for youths in need of encouragement often comes at the same time as when Eric Painter participates in food and supply distributions. A second example of when this occurs is the relationships he builds as he brings food, clothing and survival supplies directly to Houston people in need. However, he also has coordinated large-scale events such as week-long leadership retreats for teens in both the U.S. and Canada sponsored by Franciscan L.E.A.D. conferences.
Eric Painter grew up with a “loving mother and father.” He also states that he still keeps in touch with his college friends he’s known for at least 10 years, and they also are a part of his support circle. In documents summarizing his community service, he is known as a person who desires to give others the support he has. He also has seen the world around him, whereas he has spent time in 15 different countries.