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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Cleveland-Based Ministry Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

From left to right: TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Christine Shippey, Texas State Representative James White, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier.

(AUSTIN) – The Covenant with Christ International in Cleveland, Texas was presented the Community Service Award during the Governor’s 2019 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Dale Wainwright and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during a ceremony in Austin

“Volunteering is a responsibility that these recipients have embraced wholeheartedly and for that we are extremely grateful,” said Wainwright.

“These volunteers dedicate themselves each day to helping others succeed,” said Collier. “For many years to come, the impact of that invaluable time and effort invested will be felt across the state of Texas.”

Founded by associate pastor Christine Shippey, Covenant with Christ International assists many other community outreach programs on a daily basis. These programs include a service center, charity health care clinic and food distribution centers in the Cleveland area. Most recently, Covenant with Christ International was recognized for assisting the Red Cross in relief efforts following the devastation to the people in Cleveland cause by Hurricane Harvey. With the Covenant with Christ International’s assistance, the Red Cross was able to deliver much needed supplies to individuals who were working hard to put their lives back together in small and rural communities. Covenant with Christ International exemplifies the TDCJ’s core value of commitment, both to the offender population and to the community they serve.

Covenant with Christ International is one of 6 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 FY2018, there were 21,728 volunteers who provided a total of 399,705 hours of service.

Note to media: For more information, contact Jeremy Desel, TDCJ Director of Communications, at 936-437-6052 or by e-mail at – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at