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2013 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Day with Mom Program receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) Members of the Day With Mom Program pose with TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston, Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett and TBCJ Vice-Chair Tom Mechler (l-r).

(Austin) - The Day with Mom Program was presented the Governor’s 2013 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award today in recognition of their dedication to offenders incarcerated within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin. The Day with Mom Program is one of 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.

Joe and Charlotte Fauss, both International Directors of Calvary Commission in Lindale, Texas, have served in prison ministry for more than 35 years. In February 2010, Calvary Commission and the Murray Unit implemented the first Day with Mom program in the state. The program offers incarcerated mothers the opportunity to spend approximately six hours on a Saturday with their children and child’s guardian. There are approximately 40 offender participants and more than 90 children between the ages of five and 17.

The family is permitted to visit, eat and recreate together. They play board games, musical chairs, and compete in a coloring contest where everyone is a winner and prizes are given to the children. This valuable program offers families the opportunity to develop and strengthen relationships.

Joe and Charlotte Fauss are among the 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.

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