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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Houston-Based Program Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) Standing: (l-r) TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Charles Anderson, Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. Seated: (l-r) Lana Ward, Kathy Vosburg, and Andreina Garay.

(AUSTIN) – The CrossWalk Center of Houston was presented the Reentry and Integration Division Award during the Governor’s 2018 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.

“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.”

The CrossWalk Center (CWC) has a vision that a former offender will not return to a life of incarceration if they have access to coaching, mentoring, community support, love and religion. The CWC has donated time and space to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to facilitate reentry efforts in the greater Houston area. CWC allows the Reentry Program use of their computer labs for helping offenders build resumes, fill out job applications and to host job fairs. CWC also has a mentoring program, a clothes closet and an ongoing ministry to assist former offenders reentering society. The CWC has also opened up a transitional discipleship home for offenders to transition to upon release from TDCJ.

The CrossWalk Center 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 provided a total of 395,207 hours of service.

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.