Proclamation released by Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston
For more than 30 years, during the month of September, communities, and local organizations from across the country host celebrations in honor of the National Recovery Month observation. These activities take many forms that bring public attention to recovery and challenge negative attitudes, stigma, and discrimination.
For nearly a decade, a vital part of this tradition has included the Big Texas Rally for Recovery – delivering a recovery-centered program that celebrates recovery of individuals, families, and entire communities across Texas. This year’s Big Texas Rally for Recovery will be hosted in Houston, Texas on October 1, 2022.
A former NFL center whose successful career spanned 10 years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Randy Grimes used prescription pills to treat his career-related injuries. Those pills fed an addiction that would last 20+ years. Upon retiring from the NFL, Randy fell deeper into his addiction—eventually jeopardizing his family and risking everything. “In football, I always had a playbook—and a team—to get me through the day,” states Randy. “Without that structure, I didn’t know what to do; I lost myself, as my addiction took over.”
Devon Anderson has devoted her career to public service. She was a prosecutor for 12 years at the Houston DA’s office and tried over 100 felony jury trials, including 7 capital murders. She left the Harris County District Attorney’s Office in 2005 after being elected to serve as State District Judge in the 177th Criminal District Court.
While serving as District Judge, Devon also volunteered her time to preside
over one of four STAR Drug Courts.
In 2009 Devon left the bench and started her own criminal defense firm. At the end of 2012, Devon ended her practice when her husband was elected Harris County District Attorney. In 2013, Devon was appointed Harris County District Attorney to succeed her late husband, Mike Anderson. The following year, Devon was elected by the voters of Harris County to finish out his term.
After serving in that position for over three years, Devon transitioned from the legal profession to nonprofit work. She is now the CEO/President of Justice Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of incarceration and funding essential programs for individuals in 20 Houston and Galveston Specialty Courts.
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