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2015 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Hospitality House of Huntsville Receives Governor’s 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

Photo of Award Winner(s) From left to right: Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, Keynote Speaker Chief Justice Nathan L. Hecht, Debra McCammon, Joe McCammon and Texas Department of Criminal Justice Executive Director Brad Livingston.

(AUSTIN) – The Hospitality House of Huntsville, Texas was presented the Community Service Award during the Governor’s 2015 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Oliver Bell, and TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston during a ceremony held in Austin.

“We’re grateful for the efforts of these award recipients,” said Livingston. “These everyday heroes are making a profound and lasting impact on the lives of individuals across the State of Texas.”

“Through their grace and their love, these volunteers touch the lives of many Texans,” said Bell. “They assist agency staff, and they help the offenders and their families have a chance for a better life - impacting generations to come.”

The Hospitality House of Huntsville is a 17-bedroom facility that can sleep up to 54 guests nightly. It hosts families visiting offenders at units in Huntsville, Livingston and Navasota or picking them up upon their release. It is also a safe haven for relatives and friends of the condemned during executions with food and the use of a full kitchen. It is the only overnight offender family facility in Texas that operates seven days a week.

For their dedication the Hospitality House of Huntsville has been chosen to receive the Community Service volunteer award.

The Hospitality House of Huntsville is one of 5 organizations and 16 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 FY2014, there were 21,492 volunteers who served a total of 427,345 hours.

Note to media: For more information, contact Robert C. Hurst, TDCJ Public Information Officer, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at Photos of award recipients will be available on the TDCJ Web site at For high resolution photos, please contact Jene Andersen at