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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Houston Man Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) –Charles Anderson of Houston, Texas was presented the Correctional Institutions Award during the Governor’s 2020-2021 Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards program today.

The award was presented by Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Patrick O’Daniel and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier during an online ceremony.

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

“The efforts of these award recipients are unparalleled,” said Collier. “Every day they leave a profound and lasting impression on the lives of so many across the State of Texas.”

When he retired as a Correctional Officer from TDCJ, Mr. Anderson began volunteering and became a certified volunteer chaplain’s assistant. At the Terrell Unit in Rosharon, he has brought many different groups and programs forward to minister to the inmates. They include “Life Transformation Groups”, Marriage Conferences, “Day with Dad”, “At the Table”, “Honor Thy Father and Mother”, “Malachi Dads” and financial seminars. He has also established the “Urban Ministry Institute” at three units and plans to extend the program to all units in Region III. He is also involved in Crosswalk Re-Entry Ministry that helps inmates obtain resources, assistance and housing upon their release. His ministry is also directed towards the agency’s employees. He organizes officer appreciation banquets twice annually and also accompanies volunteers who cook and serve meals to officers and administrators at the Terrell Unit.

Mr. Anderson and his wife Felicia have five children and six grandchildren.

Mr. Anderson is one of 16 individuals and 6 organizations 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 inmates, as well as aiding and comforting their victims.

In FY2019, there were 22,506 volunteers who provided a total of 394,214 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.