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Awards & Recognition

Awards: Bridges To Life is a nationally recognized program; the organization and many of its volunteers have received numerous awards, including:

  • BTL's Self-Study Program was named "Most Innovative Program of 2020" by the Texas Board of Criminal Justice

  • Governor’s Criminal Justice Award 2021, 2019, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013, 2001-2010

  • Jim Buffington, 2019 Texas Department of Criminal Justice Pathfinder Award

  • John Sage, 2017 Texas Department of Criminal Justice Volunteer of the Year

  • 2015 American Correctional Chaplains Association Offender Program of the Year for prison program deemed most creative, effective, and outcome-based in the US

  • John Sage, 2011 American Leadership Forum Public Service Award

  • 2009 Bert Thompson Pioneer Award for Community and Restorative Justice

  • 2008 Samaritan Spirit Award 

  • Jim Buffington, 2007 Texas Department of Criminal Justice Volunteer of the Year

  • 2004 Manhattan Institute Social Entrepreneur Award

Recognition: BTL is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity and a GuideStar Exchange Platinum Participant. The orgnanization's IRS 990 and audited financials can be found on our GuideStar profile or by contacting our office. 

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