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2012 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Dodge Couple Receives Governor's 2012 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

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(Austin) - Rodney and Jean Still were presented the Governor's 2012 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of for their dedication to ministering to offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston today during a ceremony held in Austin. Mr. and Mrs. Still are one of 13 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help offenders and those who are on parole or probation.

"Each of this year's award recipients personify a selfless dedication to helping offenders succeed both while incarcerated, and once they're released," said Livingston.

The Still's were the recipients of this year's "Chaplaincy Department" Award.

This husband and wife ministry team has been volunteering at prison units in the Huntsville area since 1996. Rodney Still also serves as a certified volunteer chaplain's assistant at the "Walls" Unit since 2010. Their presence and impact as a couple on the Huntsville Unit allows offenders to see a marriage that works and glorifies God. They exemplify how a couple can work together to reach mutual goals and have a successful marriage. They have two discipleship classes every week, teaching strong Christian values to the offenders. They also invite those that graduate after the 28 weeks of study to participate in their "Discipleship Reunion" held every two months. Not only do they volunteer as a couple to inspire offenders toward a better way of life, Jean Still also helps out in the Volunteer Services department, processing mail outs and making files for approved volunteers.

The Still's are also actively involved in the Wood Hath Hope Prison Ministry and serve as board members of the Christian Restoration Justice Mentors Association.

Rodney and Jean Still have 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 21 great grandchildren.

The Still's are among of thousands of concerned volunteers, who like them; donate many hours of their personal time every year with the goal of changing the lives of convicted offenders, and aiding and comforting their victims. Annually, over 18,000 volunteers make 163,000 visits to criminal justice facilities and work with offenders who are on supervision, donating over 526,000 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark, TDCJ Public Information Officer, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov.