2010 Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award
In May 1996, Gilbert Peters became an approved volunteer for the TDCJ. He began only a few months after the Allred Unit opened in Wichita Falls, Texas, and he has served on that facility at least three days each week ever since. In 1997, Mr. Peters stepped up his commitment and became a certified volunteer chaplain's assistant. This commitment required additional training and allowed him to expand his service to TDCJ. He teaches, and recruits other volunteers to teach, the New Life Behavior and Voyager classes; he leads worship services; and he has taught classes on religious studies. In addition to his ministry to offenders, Mr. Peters ministers to the staff at the Allred Unit, which includes coordinating the annual Officer Appreciation Days, where unit staff are recognized for their work.
As a part of this effort, Mr. Peters organizes a hamburger meal with all the fixings. For his dedication to ministry and his service to TDCJ, Gilbert Peters has been selected to receive the Chaplaincy Department volunteer award.