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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

7 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.

Linda H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truth Be Told is a profoundly authentic change agent for incarcerated women in prison. It gives women an accepted voice, both flawed and human, to better communicate the journey that led to this resulting sentence, then move with ease into the person they have now become. The work the volunteers do is extraordinary! It is done with tough love, compassion, commitment and fierceness! Thank you for your service to a population of the least served and nurtured. Class by class, each of you ARE making a difference!

No doubt, Truth Be Told is a top rated nonprofit. It encompasses the dedicated successes we look for as we open our purses in support.

Attend a participant graduation ceremony from the Truth Be Told 17 week course and hear these women "speak their truths". Your own life will be forever changed!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truth Be Told offers a profound experience for its clients and its volunteers. The change they engender is real and it transforms lives. The experience is one of the most moving and fulfilling I've ever experienced and witnessed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truth be told is a wonderful group of healing I had a lot of anger and hate in me from my past of rape, molestation, and the hateful devil. But as the tears and the hugs and opening loving help I can say I have forgave the ones who hurt me. And only threw Truth be told that helped me.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a transformative organization. I attended a “graduation ceremony” of a class and was amazed by the talent, passion and creativity of the women; you could just tell they would have a good chance on the outside. Truth Be Told doesn’t just address symptoms, it works on the core issues behind female incarceration. That’s why it works, and that’s why it deserves your support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered to attend a graduation ceremony of Truth Be Told, at Lockhart prison. The display of talent, honest emotion, and comitment i witnessed was quite staggering. I have to believe this program makes a huge difference in the lives of these women, and sets them on a path for successful living upon their release. The program leader did a very impressive job of organizing the event.

Franque Michele B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have first hand seen the beautiful way their work touches womens lives and gives them tools to transform internally. Sharing your story frees you and Truth Be Told does incredibly beautiful work with women to help them have the courage to share, be vulnerable and heal.

Paul Mac N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Truth will set you free . No prison is more confining than our own regrets , guilt , and secrets . Each time I've joined the women of Truth-Be-Told in celebration of their hard work the freedom , even in prison , is overwhelming . It's a feeling I crave , over and over . Thank you ladies .
Paul M. AA prison volunteer .

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I first heard of Truth Be Told's Talk to Me program, I was… excited?  I don’t really think that is the right word but I had this urgency to tell anyone who would listen that there is a program specifically structured for women in prison tell their stories.  This is important.  No – this is CRITICAL. I needed to find a way to know more about this.

So, when I saw an invitation posted for Respectful Witnesses to visit the women and listen to them share their stories, I decided it was time to plan my visit to Texas and partnered with a friend to attend the Lockhart event.

As I was preparing to go to the event, my excitement changed to conscientiousness.  I wanted to be completely aware of my own energy and to show up clearly present and respectful.  These women deserve no less than my full participation.

All visitors walked into the facility and followed established procedures to register.  Before starting the event, we were all asked to use a word to describe what we were feeling.

“Overwhelmed.”  That is what I felt.  I was trying to manage so many emotions at once. I knew I was going to see myself, hear my own story, in the voices of the women speaking.  I came from a life of abuse – sexual, emotional, and physical. I lived in a gang environment.  I was surrounded by alcoholism and substance abuse.  Today, I still carry the effects of coming from a life full of damaging behaviors. In knowing where I came from, I am always working.  Working to be well.  I know that in my own healing, my work is to be honest with myself.  Honest in my own voice and my own assessment of my life and how I’ve lived it.  I know I have to dig deep and face my own truth, which is what I heard in the voices of the women who shared their stories. 

In looking at our prison system, what stands out so clearly is our failure in working through any real process to reform thinking. This is where Truth Be Told fills a much needed gap. Working with inmates to help them speak their own stories of trauma and life events that led to their current incarceration is key to developing understanding, accountability, and ultimately, changed behavior.

Without this kind of work, we are likely to continue seeing repeat offenders who learn to identify with being "criminal" rather than being human.