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Rehabilitation Programs Division

Volunteer Services Program

2011 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Paula Alwin
Leonard Davis Award for Most Hours Served

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When she arrives at the Murray Unit, in Gatesville, Texas, her typical greeting is “what can I do to help.” Paula Alwin became involved in prison ministry when, after having surgery in 1996 to remove a malignant tumor from her kidney, she heard the voice of God telling her “I saved you to send you to prison!” In 1997, Ms. Alwin began serving as a Kairos volunteer at the Hilltop and Murray units and then became what she calls “full time,” as a Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant at the Murray Unit. Ms. Alwin helps in administrative duties, prayer, counseling, or by just lending an ear. She has the great respect of both offenders and staff and is considered part of the TDCJ team. During 2010, Ms. Alwin dedicated 1,855 hours of volunteer service to the TDCJ, earning her the honorable Leonard Davis Award for Most Hours Served.

In 2010, in honor of his dedicated service to others, this award was renamed in recognition of Leonard Davis, who passed away in October 2009. On numerous occasions, in 2005, 2007, 2008, and posthumously in 2010, Mr. Davis was the honored recipient of this award for greatest number of hours served. Leonard Davis retired from the United States Air Force as a research chemist. He retired a second time from Sun Oil Company as a chemical engineer, and also worked as a stockbroker for E. F. Hutton. With energy and devotion to spare, in 1994, Mr. Davis began yet another career when he became a volunteer for the TDCJ and started ministering to offenders at the LeBlanc and Stiles units in Beaumont, Texas.