Rehabilitation Programs Division
Volunteer Services Program
2011 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards
TDCJ Employee Volunteer
As director of Chaplaincy Support for the Chaplaincy Department, Richard Lopez spends much of his time traveling to various units coordinating the development of and overseeing faith based dorms. He is also a participant in and provides spiritual support in the execution process. These are just two of his responsibilities. Chaplain Lopez is a Catholic deacon, and on his days off, he returns to the Ellis Unit to assist as a volunteer for Catholic programs. This past year Chaplain Lopez’ wife underwent two very serious and dangerous operations due to a rare heart condition. Chaplain Lopez however continued to provide Catholic services for the Ellis Unit. For his dedication and commitment to ensure the spiritual needs of Catholic offenders at the Ellis Unit were met, in spite of personal challenges and a demanding work schedule, Richard Lopez has been selected to receive the TDCJ Employee Volunteer award.