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2013 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Overcomers Outreach receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston, Chaplain Christina Thomas, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and TBCJ Vice-Chair Tom Mechler (l-r). Chaplain Christina Thomas accepted on behalf of members of the Overcomers Recovery Support Program.

(Austin) - The Overcomers Outreach Program was presented the Governor’s 2013 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of their dedication to helping female offenders incarcerated at the Henley State Jail 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. Overcomers Outreach 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.

Overcomers Outreach is an international network of Christ-centered 12 Step support groups which ministers to individuals, their families and loved ones who suffer from the consequences of any addictive behavior. The Overcomers Program serves as a bridge between traditional 12 step recovery groups and churches of all denominations. Coordinated through the Kingwood United Methodist Church, the program’s volunteers also assist in anger management and grief classes and provide an aftercare ministry to releasing offenders.

Overcomers Outreach 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.