I will never forget the month of classes that I participated in with Truth Be Told inside the county jail. The women who facilitate the programs just emanate love and acceptance to everyone they serve. The supportive community they create for women on the inside is continued on the outside in a variety of ways and they are all invaluable. If you have the opportunity to be a witness at the graduations I strongly suggest you do so! You will never be the same! Statistics say that if someone is released and remains free for 3 years the chances of returning to prison decrease drastically so one of the ways TBT supports women is by gifting them with a handmade quilt at their three year mark. There is a sisterhood that exists with the community, and often that is a new foray for many of us, new, but welcomed.
I have volunteered for Truth Be Told (a transformational prison program) many times and am delighted with what happens with the inmates and with the volunteers - deep connection. Whether we are making art, dancing, talking, or sharing stories, the women are eager to tell their truth, sometimes for the first time. Their faces beam! They are so eager to be heard and to learn, and we volunteers always learn from them as well. I come away feeling pleased with the excellence of the program and with spending my time well.
As a volunteer for Truth be Told, I've frequently gone behind bars in women's prisons to give art and journaling workshops. The women give back to me a sense of community, support for one another and an impulse to grow and create. They are amazing! TBT helps women learn to express themselves in meaningful ways that aid heaing while incarcerated. The women continue to find TBR support after release. I am humbled and grateful to TBT for the opportunity to share, teach and learn from these women. Beverly Voss, LCSW
I first became aware of Truth Be Told, an organization that provides transformational programs for women behind and beyond bars in prison, through a good friend of mine who was involved. I then attended a graduation ceremony at Lockhart Prison in Texas, where women who had gone through a Truth Be Told class while incarcerated got up and shared their story. For many, it was the first time they had ever done so - and also the first time they had ever had anyone listen to them, respectfully. What I learned and felt there blew me away. I went in expecting not to identify with these women at all - and then I realized that I could be any of them! They were not so different from me, and I thought they were the bravest women I had ever met. The work that Truth Be Told does to help these women behind bars find their own truths, face their life's journey and use it to empower themselves and their futures, is truly inspirational.
Review from Guidestar