2009 Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards
KAIROS of Texas, Religious Service
Kairos of Texas began their ministry in TDCJ units in the 1980s. Kairos volunteers minister to both male and female offenders in more than 35 units.
The organization's mission is to bring Christ's love and forgiveness to those incarcerated and their families and to assist in the transition to become a productive and successful citizen. One offender's testimony states: "I made a mess of my life and ended up in prison. My family abandoned me and society had written me off. I was worthless, and I felt that way. Life had lost all meaning for me - I was like a balloon with nothing inside. But these Kairos men fed me with the word of God and I now hunger after Him. I will be forever grateful to Kairos for showing me that the way to freedom is through the cross of Christ."
As part of their ministry to male offenders, Kairos made a substantial monetary donation to help obtain "Quest for Authentic Manhood" DVDs for all male prison units. Kairos of Texas is also a great friend to the TDCJ Chaplaincy program and for their committed service they have been selected to receive a volunteer award for Religious Service.