It’s not easy to overcome an addiction to anything, but the Open Door Mission in Houston has established a mentoring program that connects its residents with volunteers who themselves have had issues and can understand the struggles the residents are going through. A Watco Team member is among those volunteers.

Bret Burright, operations supervisor at Watco’s Houston Liquids Terminal, has been affiliated with the program for a year now and has mentored three young men who struggled with addictions and homelessness who have gone through the program.

Burright met with the young man once a week to visit with him, answer any of his questions, and just let him know that he wasn’t alone and that someone cared about him. Recently, he was able to attend his graduation.

“I had problems in the past and I think it’s good for the young men to see that there is hope and that there’s a way out and they can change their lives,” Burright said. “I have been so blessed to participate in changing these broken lives through the love of Jesus Christ. I think it’s important to get involved in the community and to try to make it a better place.”

The Open Door Mission is a faith-based recovery and rehabilitation facility that focuses on the most severely addicted, destitute, homeless, and disabled men in the community, men who have been given up on by many.

In addition to volunteering at the mission, Burright also visits the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Ramsey Unit in Rosharon every other month. The volunteers hold a church service, pray for the inmates, and give them an ear to talk to that is someone outside of the walls.

Watco is proud of Team members like Burright who seek to make a difference in communities across the U.S. Together, they help make #WatcoStrong.