Damascus Road receives award

The Reentry Reintegration Ministry of The Church of the Damascus Road in the Fort Dodge and Rockwell City Correctional Facilities received a 2013 Governor’s Volunteer Award from Gov. Terry E. Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds during a special recognition ceremony held June 4 in Storm Lake.

The Governor’s Volunteer Awards program was created in 1982, with inaugural awards presented in 1983. What began as a small program only available to state government agencies has expanded over the years and now provides all Iowa nonprofit, charitable and government organizations with an easy way to honor their volunteers with a prestigious state-level recognition award. Several hundred volunteers are recognized each year with awards in one of four categories: individual, group, length of service or disaster volunteer.

“Volunteerism is an important part of the state’s future and well-being,” said Branstad. “I am honored to have the opportunity to recognize the people of our great state who continue the tradition of neighbor helping neighbor and work tirelessly to improve their communities. Collectively, Iowa’s volunteers contribute to our ranking among the top three states in the nation for our volunteer rate.”

“The governor and I sincerely congratulate all of this year’s award recipients,” said Reynolds. “All are very deserving of the honor, and we thank them for their tremendous and selfless efforts and devotion to make a difference.”

The Reentry Reintegration Ministry of The Church of the Damascus Road was honored with a Group Length of Service Volunteer Award by The North Central Correctional Facility for assisting released prisoners to make successful transitions beck into society as law-abiding, productive and contributing citizens.