Eight years of volunteer facilitating the Talk to Me Writing class for Truth Be Told awakened Katie Ford to the common narrative thread of trauma, abuse and addiction in the stories of incarcerated women. In December 2016, she left behind a 20-plus-year editorial career in pursuit of work inspired by the transformation she witnessed in the classroom when incarcerated women were given the tools and safe space to discover their strengths and personal worth.
In July 2017, supported by donations she raised independently, Katie implemented the first trauma-informed program at Lockhart Correctional Facility while still volunteering for Truth Be Told. In August 2017, she accepted Truth Be Told’s invitation to serve as part-time executive director.
Katie has spoken on behalf of Truth Be Told at the National Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders Conference and the Travis County Sheriff’s Vision Summit: Looking Toward the Future of Re-entry. She has completed numerous continuing education courses in restorative justice, gender-responsive principles and treatment, expressive arts for healing, and recovery and support for justice-involved women.
She views her midlife career change as her way of showing gratitude for the women who awakened her to her purpose and given her life meaning beyond measure.
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A co-founder of Truth Be Told, Carol Waid, lives a full life as the organization’s program director and facilitator. She is also the mother of two adult children and three amazing and energetic grandchildren.
Carol came to know her purpose and passion for working with women in prison by a fortunate invitation to share her story at the first Talk To Me class at the Lockhart Correctional Facility in the spring of 2000. Like many of her unplanned journeys, she stumbled right into where she was meant to be. A gifted writer and seeker, she was looking for meaningful work. She had no idea that going inside a prison would be a threshold she needed to step over. Though never incarcerated, Carol’s recovery work led her to see that she had been serving a life sentence, imprisoned by chaos and reactivity to daily survival, until she found a way to freedom through 12-step programs.
Carol’s love and passion is to assist women in connecting to a better version of themselves through the process of creating safe communities so that women can share their stories and their journeys and celebrate the freedom that comes from lightening the load of shame and self-hate.
Since helping establish Truth Be Told as a 501(c)3 organization in 2003, Carol has created several programs that address the unique needs of women under varying levels of custody, as well as “beyond bars” programs to support program graduates who have returned to society. It is important to Carol to give back what was gifted to her on her journey to her higher self.