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29th Annual Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Rachel’s Vineyard Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award

TBCJ Chairman Eric Nichols, Member of Rachel’s Vineyard, Carrie Mann, Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott and TDCJ Executive Director Bryan Collier (L–R).

(AUSTIN)Rachel’s Vineyard Ministries was presented the Most Innovative Program Award during the 29th Annual Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards Ceremony today. The award was accepted by Carrie Mann of Hope Pregnancy Center in Killeen, Texas.

The award was presented by Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott, Texas Board of Criminal Justice Chairman Eric Nichols, and Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) Executive Director Bryan Collier at a ceremony in Austin.

“These award recipients, by volunteering countless hours, are helping to build a better Texas for themselves and everyone whose lives they touch,” Nichols said. “It is an honor to recognize them for their hard work and dedication.”

“These volunteers are true heroes,” Collier said. “Their compassion and commitment make a profound and lasting difference in the lives of many Texans. TDCJ, and the entire state, is better because of their service.”

The Hope Pregnancy Center offers the Rachel’s Vineyard Program, an innovative eight-week course designed to help female inmates heal from past experiences with abortion, stillbirth, SIDS, child protective services (CPS) involvement, or personal injury to a child. Led by a team of volunteers who have themselves overcome similar challenges, the program empowers participants to practice self-love and forgiveness.

Rachel’s Vineyard was one of 22 organizations and 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 lives.