HOUSTON - A saint can appear in many forms and on Houston’s northeast side, that couldn’t be more true.
"He is a god send, I think he is a god send," says Klein Broncos youth football coach Scott Reynolds.
Carlos Honore loves football and recently, he was given a chance to use that passion for something good.
"We always said we wanted to do something dealing with kids," says the Louisiana native. "This was the opportunity to do that."
And after visiting friends in the 5th Ward, he told his wife he wanted to make a difference.
"My first thought was what is he thinking," says his wife Tatum. "I just had to rely on my husband and rely on faith and it just worked out."
So after moving from Katy, Carlos and Tatum founded the Texas Women and Children’s Advocacy Services, a group which helps "at risk" youth, ages 4-20, gain stability in their life through various families oriented programs.
That includes youth football, which isn’t easy to start from scratch.
"We didn’t have any money when we started," says Honore. "We made all the money on corners with signs and we would get people heckling us. It was a very humbling experience."
But while some had doubts about whether they would succeed, others were inspired by what the Honores were doing. Scott Reynolds and Bobby Gould of North Houston were two of several that gave some generous donations and all of a sudden, the 5th Ward Saints emerged.
"Organized sport for any kids is a positive" says Honore. "It’s not the best equipment, but we have what we have and we’ve worked hard for what we have."
"How genuine he is and his commitment and his conviction shine through immediately," says Gould. "They’re instilling values that are going to take these kids to places in life that they don’t know exist yet."
A fact not lost on parents.
"Carlos and Tatum, they are like a sister and brother that I have never had," says Angela Johnson. "It means a lot to me and these kids really appreciate it."
"They get on us about our grades and being good in school and stuff," says 7th grader Tyrell Wooten. "They watch over us like we are a second set of family."
"I know the trials and tribulations that these kids are enduring," says Honore, who grew up under similar conditions in Louisiana. "Day in and day out, the things that they deal with when they get home, we try and help them through that."
"She is no longer Mrs. Tatum to them, the kids call her Aunt Tatum and Uncle Carlos," says Johnson. "When it gets like that, there is something great about it."
Maybe, even something Saintly.