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2018 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Amarillo Church Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Tim Clifton of Trinity Fellowship Church, Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Blacklock, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – The Trinity Fellowship Church in Amarillo was presented the Community Service Award during the Governor’s 2018 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during a ceremony in Austin.

“Each of these award recipients has given countless hours of volunteer service within the TDCJ and we are extremely grateful for their efforts,” said director Collier. “They help to make a profound impact on the lives of thousands of offenders and, in doing so, make Texas safer. They are truly everyday heroes.”

Chairman Wainwright said, “These award recipients are giving of their time and gifts to help build better communities throughout Texas. We are extremely thankful for the volunteers we recognize with these awards. They selflessly serve others out of a sense of responsibility to their fellow Texans and to the offenders.”

The Trinity Fellowship Church has contributed significantly to TDCJ by providing a unique way of delivering ministry to offenders through video. TFC has donated multimedia carts which include projection and sound systems at ten TDCJ facilities. The equipment is used for church services, as well as special speakers and for seminars on finances, marriage and family. Volunteers come to the units and set up the multimedia systems to project the weekly church services for the offenders’ participation. TFC volunteers have a variety of responsibilities and roles at the ten units including serving as a Certified Volunteer Chaplain’s Assistant, facilitating faith-based dorm programming and cell-to-cell ministry in special housing areas. These volunteers have also given generously with the purchase of office equipment, computer monitors, filing cabinets and other items.

The Trinity Fellowship Church is one of 7 organizations and 14 individuals from across the state recognized for their efforts to help inmates and those who are on parole or probation. They 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.

In FY2017, there were 23,288 volunteers who provided a total of 395,207 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Public Information Director, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jene Andersen at jene.andersen@tdcj.texas.gov.