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2017 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Tomball Group Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) Chairman of Kairos of Texas Steve Newton (standing, center) and member of the ministry are recognized for their work. Pictured with TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Keynote Speaker Judge Sharon Keller, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – Kairos of Texas, based in Tomball, was presented the TDCJ Restorative Justice Award during the Governor's 2017 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during a ceremony held in Austin.

"It takes a special kind of person to give of their time and expect no material reward," said Bryan Collier, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. "The contributions these volunteers make are invaluable and have a lasting impact on the public safety of our fellow Texans."

"By giving of their time and their gifts as volunteers, these award recipients are helping build a better community not only for themselves but for everyone whose lives they touch," said Wainwright.

KAIROS of Texas' is a ministry whose mission is to develop a Christian community inside prisons through two programs. The Kairos Inside (KI) brings positive and negative leaders together in male and female institutions for a weekend of talks, discussions and meditations led by same gender KAIROS volunteers. The KAIROS Outside (KO) offers a comfortable, non-judging retreat for women to support each other as they journey through the incarceration of a friend or relative. Guests hear a series of talks by volunteers designed to address the pain of enduring separation from their incarcerated loved one and the judgment of their community. In 2016, KAIROS of Texas facilitated 84 KI weekends and 14 KO weekends with over 4,800 volunteers.

KAIROS of Texas is one of 9 organizations and 12 individuals from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2016, there were over 24,500 volunteers who provided a total of 390,711 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark, TDCJ Public Information Director, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.