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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Sugar Land Church Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

(AUSTIN) –Sugar Creek Baptist Church of Sugar Land, Texas was presented the Religious Service 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.”

Sugar Creek Baptist Church has been instrumental in starting, maintaining and supporting several programs at the Darrington Unit in Rosharon. These programs have contributed to the rehabilitation of inmates and their reintegration back into society. The programs include Malachi Dads, Day with Dad, a weekly church service and a unit-wide dayroom Bible study conducted by inmates who have been discipled and trained by Sugar Creek’s mission pastors. Sugar Creek is also committed to serving and ministering to the Darrington Unit staff. They provide several meals annually for the entire staff. They also provide the space, opportunity and provisions for the agency’s Chaplaincy to use their facilities to conduct volunteer training and volunteer appreciation events.

Sugar Creek Baptist Church 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 FY2019, there were over 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.