skip to main content
ALERT - Visitation
YouTube icon image 


2012 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Ben Wheeler Ministry Receives Governor's 2012 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

Photo of Award Winner(s)

(Austin) - During ceremonies in Austin today, James and Teresa Peterson of Ben Wheeler accepted the Governor's 2012 Criminal Justice Volunteer "Best Family Program" Award on behalf of the Achor Restorative Ministries - Day with Dad.

The award was presented by Oliver Bell, Chairman of the Texas Board of Criminal Justice, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston.

"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.

Families are devastated when a father is imprisoned, and perhaps children suffer the most. That is why Achor Restorative Ministries heals so much hurt with their Day with Dad program. Four times a year, 50 families have the opportunity to reunite in the Beto chapel for an afternoon of food, fun, fellowship, and a devotional word of encouragement.

Achor Restorative Ministries staff provides the leadership for the program, working with the chaplains and security staff to provide a successful time for all involved. Through the Day With Dad program, dads are able to mingle with their families in a less structured environment, playing a game, laughing, or just enjoying their time together.

Achor Ministries is one of 6 organizations and 13 individuals from across the state recognized today for their efforts to help offenders and those who are on parole or probation.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jason Clark, TDCJ Public Information Officer, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at