The Texas Division of Emergency Management has honored Texans on Mission as the Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) member organization of the year. TXM is the first organization to receive this recognition.

The award “recognizes an individual or group that has demonstrated exceptional commitment, impact, and service in disaster response and recovery across our great state,” said TDEM. The recipient exemplifies the four Cs of VOAD – cooperation, communication, coordination and collaboration.

TXM received the award during the Texans Emergency Management Conference. About 4,000 from 40 states and three countries attended the conference, which attracted first responders, local emergency managers, elected officials, and state and federal officials.

Rubert Robbins (right), associate director of TXM Disaster Relief, attended the conference and received the award on behalf of TXM.

“We did not know we were going to receive this honor, so the presentation also came as a wonderful surprise,” Robbins said. “It really is a testament to everyone involved with Texans on Mission, including our amazing volunteers, committed prayer warriors, financial donors and administrative staff, as well as those who have gone before us in our 57-year history.

“And being the first organization to ever receive this award is also very humbling,” he noted. “We are known far and wide for being on mission with Jesus Christ in meeting the needs of people after disasters. This award shows that statewide leaders also recognize our commitment to providing services at the highest professional level.”