Senator Bob Deuell
Texas Senate, District 2
P.O. Box 12068 Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711

DATE: February 9, 2005
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102

Goodwill Industries Honors Senator Deuell for Courageous Advocacy
Senator Deuell Receives First Award of its Kind

On Tuesday, February 8, Senator Robert Deuell (R-Greenville) was honored by Goodwill Industries of Texas for courageous advocacy in support of Texans with disabilities.

The Goodwill Distinguished Service Award, the first of its kind to be awarded to a member of the Texas Legislature, is presented for "exemplary service and outstanding advocacy on behalf of persons with disabilities."

Deuell sponsored a bill during the last session of the Texas legislature that authorized a comprehensive study of the barriers to employment for people with disabilities, paving the way for legislation this session that will help persons with disabilities to increase their employment while maintaining critical health services.

"Through his actions, Sen. Deuell encourages self-sufficiency and serves as a reminder to all Texans of the inherent value of work," said Lori Henning, executive director of the Texas Association of Goodwills. "His advocacy on behalf of people with disabilities exemplifies our mission."

Deuell said he likes organizations like Goodwill because they embrace the concept of helping people to help themselves.

"Unfortunately, many government assistance programs do not allow or encourage people to work," Deuell said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for Goodwill because they are committed to helping Texans help themselves, not through charity or government handouts, but with dignity."

Goodwill Industries held a Legislative Day at the Capitol on Tuesday that began with an introduction on the floor of the Senate and concluded with a dinner where Deuell received the award. In addition to Sen. Deuell, Goodwill also presented the Goodwill Distinguished Service Award to Rep. Dianne White-Delisi (R-Temple).