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At left, Ricky Henderson, an information technology supervisor with the Windham School District, and Region II Parole Division Director Jacqueline Anderson Dickerson were recognized for their volunteer efforts during the Governors Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards ceremony in Austin. Henderson was presented with the TDCJ Employee Volunteer Award, while Dickerson was honored with the Criminal Justice Administrator Award.
Photo by Jene Robbins
Employees of the TDCJ Parole Division and Windham School District were among 20 individuals and organizations recognized during the Governors Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards ceremony in April. Parole Division Region II Director Jacqueline Anderson Dickerson of Dallas was presented with the Criminal Justice Administrator Award, while Ricky D. Henderson, an information technology supervisor with WSD in Huntsville, received the TDCJ Employee Volunteer Award.
The 15th Annual Governors Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards were presented April 8 during the regular meeting of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice in Austin. (See Recognizing the service of TDCJ volunteers)
Dickerson was recognized for volunteering her time and services to community development programs that affect the lives of offenders and their families. She supports, encourages and motivates other female parole officers to teach a 12-week program for female offenders called Women are Worth It. The program prepares offenders for job readiness and helps them build healthy relationships. It also helps offenders develop the life skills necessary for successful reentry into society.
Dickerson also volunteers through the Community Partnership Council in a faith-based mentoring program for offenders. She further represents the Parole Division in the Project Safe Neighborhoods program in Dallas.
Henderson shares his knowledge of the Bibles original languages with offenders at the Wynne Unit. Over the past five years, he has volunteered more than 1,940 hours to teach offenders the basics of Biblical Greek. More than 220 offenders have completed their study, and many have since gone on to a more intense study taught by Henderson in the original Greek and Hebrew languages.
Henderson absorbs the costs of the Bibles used by his students and works to improve their English grammar to help them understand the ancient languages.
Other award winners included Reverend Wilbert Burney, who was recognized with the Parole Divisions Nancy Hees Award for his years of serving as a teacher, leader and mentor at the San Antonio Metro Parole Office and district resource center. The agencys Correctional Institutions Division recognized David Rust of Woodville for his weekly efforts in coordinating substance abuse programs and leading worship services at the Lewis Unit. Rust has served as a certified volunteer chaplains assistant at Lewis since 1996. Gilbert Peters of Wichita Falls was presented with a volunteer award by the TDCJ Chaplaincy Department for the ministerial services he has provided offenders and staff at the Allred Unit since 1996.
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