Difference Makers Awarded

Volunteers of America Texas has been on a crusade of thanks giving in the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. Each year the organization honors those who have made a difference in the organization and in the community. Eleven staff members, volunteers, donors and partners were acknowledged in Fort Worth, TX and ten more were recognized just two days shy of Thanksgiving Day in Houston, TX. Many more will soon be celebrated in San Antonio, TX.

Each year, staff members nominate fellow staff members, volunteers, donors, companies and foundations across the VOA Texas service area who have made a difference throughout the year. This year's Difference Maker Awards recipients include:


Duane Lock, River Oaks Energy, Donor of the Year
Scarlett Morgan, BB&T, Corporation of the Year
Blake Bolin, ECR Roofing and Construction, Community Partner of the Year
Sean Gardener, Grainger, Expanding Horizons Foundation
Bruce Woodard, Myan Management, Business Partner of the Year
Nate Griffin, KRIV, Fox 26 Houston Reporter, Media Partner of the Year
Denise Francis, Life Changing Career Institute, Educational Partner of the Year
Hildebrand Foundation, Foundation of the Year


Ana Shoemaker, Resolana Volunteer
Anthem Strong Families, Volunteer Group of the Year
Jenney Stevens, Hurricane Harvey Volunteer
Christina Folk, Hurricane Harvey Volunteer
Dea Good man, Hurricane Harvey Volunteer


LaSonya Bishop, Houston Regional Workforce Director
Yolanda Pulido, Lead Monitor, Riverside Treatment Center
Gerald Padgett, Fleet Mgr
Cynthia Arizola, Park Meadows Houskeeper
Jennifer Richards, Sr. Accountant
Yolanda Jackson, Quality Assurance Specialist
Beanca Williams, Director, Houston Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Program
Michael Monreal, Oak Springs Villa Maintenance
Cat Trevino, Assistant Community Administrator, Huebner Creek
Sandra Redwine, Facility Manager, San Antonio LIGHT
Aurbandy Jackson, Employment Specialist, Financial Opportunity Center

β€œOne person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”

John F. Kennedy