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2013 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Goodwill receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) Members of the FEXO Program of Goodwill with TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and TBCJ Vice-Chair Tom Mechler.

(Austin) - Goodwill Industries of Houston was presented the Governor’s 2013 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of their dedication to helping offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. Goodwill Industries of Houston is one of 20 recipients from across Texas recognized for their efforts to help state 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.

In 2012, Goodwill Industries of Houston was awarded a grant through the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration to assist them in the effort to better serve females releasing from jail/prison by helping them find and maintain employment. The program, called “Finding Employment for Ex-Offenders” (FEXO), offers training in job search, technology skills, life skills/financial management, and mentoring, as well as personal development workshops, resume assistance, interview training and workplace success training. Currently, the FEXO staff visits offenders, housed at the Carole Young Medical Facility and the Plane State Jail, who are identified as releasing soon and in need of employment assistance. FEXO serves females recently released from jail/prison, residing in the Houston area.

Goodwill Industries of Houston is one of thousands of concerned volunteers who 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, approximately 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, Director of Public Information, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jason.clark@tdcj.texas.gov.