Bishop T. D. Jakes, senior pastor of The Potter’s House was recognized with an Emmy Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lone Star Chapter for a segment that featured the Texas Offenders Re-entry Initiative (T.O.R.I.). The annual awards gala was held last fall at Cowboys Stadium, where Jakes along with a team of producers and writers, won big in the category of Public/Current/Community Affairs – Feature/Segment.
While T. D. Jakes served as the executive producer, the award was a collaborative effort for co-executive producer, Tony Scott of The Potter’s House; producer, Sara Madsen Miller and writer, Bryan Pierre with 1820 Productions; and T.O.R.I. executive director, Tina Naidoo also a member of Jakes’ staff.
Founded in December 2004 by T.D. Jakes, Texas Offenders Re-entry Initiative is an intensive 12-month case management program that offers six core services: employment, housing, education, family reunification, health care and spiritual guidance. Since its inception, T.O.R.I. has served more than 7,000 formerly incarcerated individuals returning to Texas. The 2013 graduation ceremonies will be held on Sunday, March 17 at The Potter’s House. For more information, go to http://www.medc-TORI.org.