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2012 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Hart Man Receives Governor's 2012 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

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(Austin) - Butch Waller of Hart was presented the Governor's 2012 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of his dedication to ministering to offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston today during a ceremony held in Austin. Waller is one of 13 individuals and 6 organizations from across the state recognized for their efforts to help 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.

Waller was the recipient of this year's "Religious Service" Award.

Waller has been serving in a volunteer capacity since April 1997. He became a Certified Volunteer Chaplain's Assistant at the Formby/Wheeler Unit in January, 2010. During his fifteen years, he has served in various ministerial positions, from Certified Volunteer Chaplain's Assistant to choir director, Bible study teacher and leader, mentor, confidant, and friend to a multitude of offenders. Mr. Waller spends at least twelve hours a week serving these facilities. Through his class interactions, choral presentations, and other chaplaincy contacts, he has positively impacted the lives of over 1,000 offenders during this time.

When Waller is not ministering to offenders, he enjoys spending time in the great outdoors fishing and camping. He and his wife, Kathy, have three children and eight grandchildren.

Waller is one of thousands of concerned volunteers, who like him, 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, over 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.

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