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Causes: Civil Rights, Crime & Law, Inmate Support, Prison Alternatives, Rehabilitation Services for Offenders, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: We are a non-religious service organization that provides transformational programs through self-discovery for women who are or have been incarcerated, resulting in increased self-worth, accountability and positive contributions to society.

Target demographics: to help women move beyond past abuse and develop a stronger sense of self and emotional resiliency

Direct beneficiaries per year: about 1,000 incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women in Texas.

Geographic areas served: five women's correctional facilities in Texas

Programs: Talk To Me, Let's Get Real, Living Deeper & Freer, Pay It Forward, Making Connections and Miracles in Human Form — all of which espouse communication skills, community building, caring for self and creative expression for personal/spiritual growth.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Lauren J.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Passionforprisoners

Client Served

Rating: 5

Truth be told is an awesome program that helped me when i was behind bars I am thankful for this program it changed my life for the better.There were several classes and programs I took but TBT was hands down the best .It helped me open up and share my story and I learned how to put my feelings into words on paper sharing those words opened up a new me. I knew that in my group I didn't feel like anyone was judging me and sharing to me brought a great healing and a forgiveness that I had never felt before. Even after my release Ms. Carol still keeps in touch with me and asks me how I'm doing on a regular basis. I am very thankful for this program and it's volunteers.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

TBT is an awesome program. TBT helped me in so many ways and because of them my life has changed for the better. I used to be so shy and quite thought what I said didn't matter but they helped me find my voice and my self worth. TBT helped me tell my story for the first time ever and helped me see that my story was important and could help others like me in and out of prison that they are not alone.They helped me to open myself up and look into my creative side and explore my true self.Thanks to TBT I know who I was,am,and want to be.TBT has phone calls on Tuesday nights to where we can all stay in touch and talk about whatever we need to talk about. Thank you TBT for always being there when we need you and giving us the tools we need to make our lives what we want them to be.


1 Margie O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Truth be Told in 2006 when i was in prison. They taught me about community, communication, caring for self and creativity. The idea of community as a way to stay connected was unusual to me because I had never been connected to anything. The idea of being able to communicate has help me be able to ask for help when I was struggling. The idea of self care helped me stop allowing others to abuse me. The idea of creativity helped me envision the way I wanted to rebuild my life. My life has been rebuilt now and I am thriving within the community I belong. I now have a college degree. a wonderful career helping others and become reconnected with my family. I have had the pleasure of returning to Truth Be told as a volunteer to give back to someone what they gave to me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello everyone !! I would love to tell you about this great nonprofit program that helped me to turn my life around. I found TBT while in prison. The program helped me realized that it was my own destructive behavior and way of thinking that made me get into trouble. The program made me take a deep look within and make changes with self to help me succeed in life when I was released from prison. There are so many things that I am grateful for that TBT has given to me, self worth, self love, self respect, self care, and a community of women just like myself. I can not express the gratefulness that my heart has when I talk about TBT. Thank you, TBT !!!

Sandra Roller-Lee
Lockhart graduate
April 2015

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I told my ‘story’ for the first time through my TBT class while I was incarcerated at Bryan Prison Camp. Through their wonderful program, their volunteers and their belief that I wasn’t just a number but a real person that had a story to tell resulted in my understanding that I was so much more than that one chapter. I had many chapters to go and I now had the courage to try.

Angela Galloway F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was fortunate enough to be able to take the writing portion of truth be told when I was at Lockhart I feel that this program enabled me to be able to tell my story and not be ashamed of it. It also helped me realize some things that were giving me problems that I didn't even realize that they were until I started writing my speech. The ladies involved with truth be told are absolutely amazing and I think that without them a lot of women's lives would not be changed for the better.

1 Colette Marshall P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are times in our lives when negative circumstances yeild positive results. For me, Truth Be Told was exactly that. The programs taught me the importance of community, and having the ability to express my truth whether it was good or bad. I found myself wanting to change my life and my circumstances, desperatley needing to find a way not to repeat events that had caused me great loss and pain. The facilitators are not a group of academically trained individuals that have no "real" experience with heartache, pain, loss or mistakes. They are a group of individuals who can, and do offer real life experience to each person who enters the program. They are mothers, daughters, friends who have lived through similar issues and give of themselves in a way that makes others believe that there is a silver lining; a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, a life after the storm. Truth Be Told allowed me the tools I needed to transform my life. I have pursued my dreams, attained some of my goals, reconnected with my family and I am certain that I couldn't have done it without Truth Be Told.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TBT empowers women behind bars to transform into gifted contributors to society. I was an inmate in TDCJ at the Lockhart Unit. I am so blessed to have been sent there. Early on in my sentence I determined to make the time count. TBT taught me to embrace the truth of my story and to recognize patterns, triggers etc. I signed up for every TBT class and special event. Particularly meaningful to me was graduation day when free world people came to.hear our stories. My, my! An amazing experience! TBT brought a drum circle out to the prison! I carried the joy of participating in that circle for months! I wrote everyone I know about the drum circle experience! So spiritual! There is not a day goes by that I don't reflect on my TBT experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After 12 yrs incarcerated truth be told helped me understand me helped me use the tools I needed to become a productive member of society and not be a statistic of prison by going back. Someone that had been incarcerated for 12 yrs is guaranteed to reoffend with what I was taught I haven't and I beat those statistics.. Thanks to Truth Be Told.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

hi, my name is donna and I was incarcerated for 2 and half years, and have been out for a year and a half. Truth be told brought me light in that dark place- to know that someone cares brings about a sense of self worth- a much needed truth. The volunteers brought total strangers together and we created a safe community, one where we learned compassion, empathy, strength. Unless you have been imprisoned in a jail cell with people who don't care if you are dead or alive, don't care enough to even know your name, you cant possibly understand what a tremendous gift TBT is to an inmate. The tools I was taught, the things I learned, I feel have enabled me to no longer be a victim, but a survivor. Blessings and peace!