Rehabilitation Programs Division
Volunteer Services Program
2011 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards
RUTH (Restoration, Unity, Transformation through the Holy Spirit)
Most Innovative Program
As the first long term women’s Bible based reentry initiative, RUTH offers academic, emotional, cultural, social, and spiritual enrichment to the female offenders assigned to the Carole Young Medical Center in Texas City, Texas, as well as to their families. This two year course is based on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The curriculum teaches women to teach and love others and to experience the love of Christ. It prepares the women mentally, emotionally and spiritually for a successful reintegration into society. It helps them make generational changes for all time and to open their hearts to God’s enduring grace. One of the female offenders wrote of this program as the “best 4 hours of the week” and further commented that they “wish it were longer or more often.” This new and exciting initiative has been selected to receive the volunteer award for Most Innovative Program.