Cenikor Receives Scholarship to Attend Conference on Crimes Against Women

Houston, May 17 – Cenikor today announces that it is being awarded a Texas Multidisciplinary “Team of 2 Scholarship” from Governor Greg Abbott’s Office. The two recipients of this prestigious scholarship are Keisha Morris (Facility Director of Cenikor, Tyler) and Beverly Kennedy (Sergeant of Police with the University of Texas, Tyler). Recipients are invited to attend the Conference on Crimes Against Women (CCAW).

“Women who are victims of domestic violence and human trafficking are at a higher risk of substance usage. Over the years, we have seen an increasing number of women who are victims of a sexual crime. The opportunity from this conference will give us even more tools to identify and combat domestic violence and human trafficking,” said Bill Bailey, President and CEO of Cenikor. “We are so proud of Keisha Morris and thankful to Governor Greg Abbott for recognizing Keisha’s work over the last few years in the Tyler community, and awarding her this scholarship.”

CCAW was created by a joint partnership between the Dallas Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Genesis Women’s Shelter. Their support involves providing the tools to implement practices in assisting women caught in domestic violence and human trafficking. Professionals and first responders of the highest level of training will be attending to provide CCAW’s attendees with strategies and tools to identify and aid in real-life scenarios of domestic violence, human trafficking, sexual assault, and other violent crimes against women.

“Attending this conference will provide me with the opportunity to bring back what I learn to Cenikor, and better serve those who have experienced trauma related to abuse and exploitation,” said Keisha Morris.

Keisha has been working at Cenikor for the last five years. She has a long history of leadership in the Tyler community. Keisha has served on numerous boards such as National Alliance on Mental Illness, and the Community Academic Partnership for Substance Abuse in East Texas, and she has worked closely with local government partners to ensure recovery for the Tyler addiction community.

Cenikor wishes the best to the organizers of the conference and to the recipients who will be attending it.

Cenikor is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that offers an array of successful rehabilitation programs, tailored to treat people who want to be free from substance use. Since its inception in 1967, Cenikor has been dedicated to helping those in need. Cenikor continues to evolve to offer supportive services to veterans, adults, and adolescents in several cities across Texas, and neighboring states. More than 150,000 lives have been changed in the process.

For more information about this news release, please contact Michael Jenkins, Legislative Affairs and Media Relations Manager, via email at If you or someone you know is seeking treatment for substance use disorder, call Cenikor today at 1-888-236-4567.

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