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2019-2020 Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Awards

Channelview Ministry Receives Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Award

(AUSTIN) –Pathmark Ministries in Channelview, Texas was presented the Community 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.”

Pathmark Ministries provides services to the Duncan, Goodman, Lychner and Kegans facilities which benefit the staff, inmates and surrounding communities. Steven Hammond, founder of Pathmark Ministries, is a mentor and teacher at the Lychner State Jail where Foundations of Faith spiritual classes are held, as well as a Credit Seminar and Building Wealth class. Through the use of community partners such as bankers and financiers, a partnership has been created between the TDCJ and the community of Humble. Inmates learn how to build credit, order credit reports, and raise credit scores once they are released from incarceration. The class is hosted by Capital One Bank with a vice-president who comes to the facility to teach how to become financially literate.

Pathmark Ministries 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 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.