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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Caddo Mills Organization Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) Standing: (l-r) TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Richard Patrick, Brandy Patrick, Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. Seated: (l-r) Bob Neyra, Susan Neyra, and Rob Waldron.

(AUSTIN) – Disciples 4 Christ Outreach of Caddo Mills, Texas was presented the Susan Cranford Award during the Governor’s 2018 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today. The award is given to an individual or organization that has shown a desire to improve criminal justice programs for females.

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

“Each of these award recipients has given countless hours of volunteer service within the TDCJ and we are extremely grateful for their efforts,” said director Collier. “They help to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of offenders and, in doing so, make Texas safer. They are truly everyday heroes.”

Chairman Wainwright said, “These award recipients are giving of their time and gifts to help build better communities throughout Texas. We are extremely thankful for the volunteers we recognize with these awards. They selflessly serve others out of a sense of responsibility to their fellow Texans and to the offenders.”

Disciples 4 Christ Outreach facilitates the annual Moments with Mom at the Hilltop/Mountain View complex in Gatesville. The program brings an offender’s children and their caregivers to the facility for an entire day with their mothers. The children spend the day with their mothers enjoying a wide variety of activities focused on fun and building relationships. The environment gives the children the opportunity to interact with their mothers on a more nurturing level in a less formal setting. Activities include face painting, playing games and a pie-making contest.

Susan and Robert Neyra of Caddo Mills accepted the award for Disciples 4 Christ Outreach.  

The Susan Cranford Award is named as a tribute to Susan Cranford who passed away in March 2007 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was a former Windham School District and TDCJ employee for over 28 years, many of them as the Warden at the Gatesville Unit. She also served as Assistant Director of the State Jail Division and the Director of the Private Facilities Division. Her innovative thinking and relentless desire to improve criminal justice programs for females gained her a well-deserved national reputation as an expert on women’s issues in the field of corrections, from both staff and offender perspectives.

Disciples 4 Christ is one of 7 organizations and 14 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 FY2017, there were 23,288 volunteers who served a total of 395,207 volunteer hours.

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