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Rehabilitation Programs Division

Volunteer Services Program

2011 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Robert Crenshaw
Correctional Institutions Division

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Robert Crenshaw has been a volunteer for the TDCJ since 1997, faithfully serving in the InnerChange Faith Initiative (IFI) program at the Vance Unit in Rosharon, Texas. Mr. Crenshaw has given his time as a mentor to offenders as they prepare for release from prison. He facilitates and coordinates classes in the Alpha program and serves as a Kairos leader. Both programs are designed to help the offender to understand the healing power of Christ and restore family bonds. He is also a key sponsor and facilitator for the highly effective Toastmaster program that teaches the offender how to communicate and maintain order, self-discipline and professionalism. His role as sponsor and facilitator has enabled Mr. Crenshaw to demonstrate moral integrity, leadership and faithfulness. Mr. Crenshaw not only provides personal financial support for these programs, but also reaches into his pocket to provide bottles of water for staff twice a week. He also helped “dress up” the chapel and grounds with plants, shrubs and miscellaneous decorations in preparation for a regional wardens’ meeting that was to be held at the IFI chapel. As if he wasn’t busy enough, he has elevated his commitment by completing the training program to serve as a Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant to the unit chaplain. For his tireless commitment, which represents excellence in faithfulness and servanthood, Robert Crenshaw has been selected to receive the honorable Correctional Institutions Division volunteer award.