March 11, 2017
On April 6, 2017, the Texas Board of Criminal Justice will present to Kairos of Texas the prestigious Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award. This is truly an honor and the true recipients of this award are the thousands of volunteers around the state doing the work we are all called to do – “visit a prisoner…”
In the summer of 2016, the Darrington Advisory Council was asked by the chaplain to submit a request to be considered for the award. They did a fantastic job identifying the specific contributions the volunteers make at Darrington. The impact on the unit is profound. When the application was considered by the state, the scope was expanded to Kairos of Texas.
The Governor’s Award was given to Kairos of Texas in 2009 to Ed Keefer who was the Kairos of Texas Chair. This award is now on display at the International Office. It was in recognition of the impact the Kairos program had on prisons around the state from 1985 – 2009.
This is indeed a special honor for Kairos of Texas and all of Kairos around the world. We all know that it isn’t an award we covet but are certainly humbled to be one of this year’s recipients. Please pass this around to not only your Advisory Council members but to your full Kairos community. They are the ones that earned this award.
Chair Kairos of Texas