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2019 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Spring Ministry Receives Governor's Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

Standing: (l-r) TBCJ Chairman Dale Wainwright, Lauren Zachry, Debbie Pogue, Texas State Representative James White, and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier. Seated: (l-r) Kathy Wortham, Kate Callan, and Irma Barber.

(AUSTIN) – WINGS Ministries of Spring, Texas was presented the Health Services Division volunteer 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 held 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.”

WINGS Ministries was founded in October 2012 at the Harris County Jail and has also served offenders at the Plane State Jail in Dayton. WINGS Ministries was awarded the Houston Junior League Community Assistance Grant in 2018 and was one of four finalists for the One Hundred Shares Houston Grant the same year. WINGS Ministries partners with HOPE Haven, the Work Faith Connection, New Life Adoptions, the Woodsedge Community Church and Champion Forest Baptist Church.

WINGS Ministries is one of 6 organizations and 16 individuals from across the state recognized for their efforts to help offenders 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 while 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 jeremy.desel@tdcj.texas.gov – For high resolution photos of award recipients, contact Jeff Linderman at jeff.linderman@tdcj.texas.gov.