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2013 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Houston group receives TDCJ volunteer award

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

(Austin) - Houston’s Project Path Finder received the Governor’s 2013 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award for Community Service today in recognition of various services for ex-offenders released to the Houston area.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell and Brad Livingston, Executive Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ), during a ceremony held in Austin. Bridgette Wynne and her staff at Project Path Finder are among the 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.

Some of the services offered are housing resources/referrals, employment services, adult basic education, computer training, job-readiness training, health education, life skills, family/individual counseling, substance abuse counseling, parenting programs, anger management and cell phone assistance. Project Path Finder has been instrumental in the start-up and success of the clothes closet offered at the Houston I District Reentry Center (DRC) Parole Office. Ms. Jones faithfully attends the New Arrival Orientation classes offered twice per month at the DRC office and regularly presents available resources to the newly released offenders. Project Path Finder has helped countless ex-offenders and their families with reentry through various resources and has given them a better chance of successfully transitioning back into the community.

Wynne 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.