Caught red-handed: NLBM, doing good

CORPUS CHRISTI – Usually, attention from a Texas criminal justice agency alarms people. But when Buck Griffith, President of New Life Behavior Ministries here, heard from the state recently, he didn’t panic and ask, “Who ratted me out??!!”
In a phone call and a letter from the Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ), Chairman Dale Wainwright notified NLBM about some upcoming recognition set for Austin on Friday, April 20. To those who partner with the ministry, Griffith says, “You share in this good news because you play a prominent role in making a difference through your work, prayers, financial support and constant encouragement.”
Chairman Wainwright’s letter reads in part, “Dear Mr. Griffith, Congratulations! NewLife Behavior Ministries has been selected to receive the prestigious Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award. To be chosen is truly an honor, and the Texas Board of Criminal Justice would like to recognize you for the time and service you have so graciously shared with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the state of Texas.”
The Governor’s Criminal Justice Volunteer Service Award comes from a joint effort between Governor Greg Abbott and the TBCJ. They present it annually to recognize outstanding volunteers whose contributions assist victims of crime, enhance public safety, promote positive change in inmate behavior and help offenders get back into society. The presentation has become a high point and tradition for the TBCJ and the TDCJ.
NLBM is a 501©(3) non-profit, tax-exempt charitable agency. It administers a comprehensive program that is not just for those in prison. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey last year, for example, 53 families representing 176 individuals received aid.
The Christians Against Substance Abuse outreach, and more and more congregations are finding the NLB courses to be excellent choices in regular Bible school and other classes for both youths/adults, support groups and community programs. However, the curriculum can be (and often is) utilized effectively to teach inmates. A service of the King’s Crossing church of Christ here, NLBM is a ministry of biblical hope reconciling individuals to God, families, and society.
Donations to support this effort may be sent to NewLife Behavior Ministries, P. O. Box 270720, Corpus Christi, Texas 78427-0720. For more information or to send kudos, email Griffith at or call him at 361-855-3372. The website is at

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