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Truth Be Told to launch executive search as Katie Ford announces departure

Truth Be Told to launch executive search as Katie Ford announces departure

Dearest Friends of Truth Be Told, After a lot of introspection and truth-telling to myself, I have decided to bring to a close my time as Truth Be Told’s executive director. My last day in the office will be May 28. Truth Be Told has my undivided attention through this date in support of the staff and Board of Directors during this time of transition.

YWCA partnership brings counseling to graduates post-release

YWCA partnership brings counseling to graduates post-release

With an eye toward deepening the support offered to program graduates once they are released from prison, Truth Be Told has entered into a partnership with YWCA Greater Austin to bring low- and no-cost individual counseling to graduate peer facilitators and women enrolled in Truth Be Told’s virtual Healing Trauma program. “Learning to heal from past trauma can stir up a lot,” said Executive Director Katie Ford.

Our Commitment to Anti-Racist Work

Our Commitment to Anti-Racist Work White Text on Black Background reads "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the Oppressor. Archbishop Desmond Tutu

We are outraged and deeply saddened by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others, and we stand against the systemic racism that enables acts of violence against Black communities and people of color by the police and criminal justice system. In our work to change the narrative of what justice […]

Truth Be Told continues to fulfill its mission amidst a pandemic

Truth Be Told continues to fulfill its mission amidst a pandemic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OleuYxkK1J0 On June 10, 2020, Truth Be Told community gathered together virtually for an evening of poetry and essays by women behind and beyond the prison wall. In early March, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) suspended all visitation and programming inside prisons due to COVID-19. The day before the state department made its […]

Beyond prison walls, mentor program brings two TBT graduates together

Beyond prison walls, mentor program brings two TBT graduates together

When Lori agreed to be Samantha’s mentor, she knew they had more in common than their shared experience of incarceration. For starters, both women are graduates and former classroom mentors of Truth Be Told’s Talk to Me program at Lockhart Correctional. Lori went through the program in 2014 and was released from prison in 2015. […]

Graduates inspire community members to reimagine justice for women

Graduates inspire community members to reimagine justice for women

In early June, about 100 guests gathered to witness the change that is possible when justice is reimagined for women. At the second annual Community of Changemakers: An Evening of Hope and Transformation, dinner guests heard the stories and witnessed the creativity of Truth Be Told program graduates who are now free and bravely living […]

Sandy Wolff joins Truth Be Told Board of Directors

Sandy Wolff joins Truth Be Told Board of Directors

At its May meeting, the Truth Be Told Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve Sandy Wolff’s application for board service. Since moving to Austin in June 2017, Sandy has been a familiar and regular face — and voice — in Truth Be Told volunteer community.

Truth Be Told welcomes graduate Laurie Pherigo to the team

Truth Be Told welcomes graduate Laurie Pherigo to the team

We at Truth Be Told are thrilled to welcome Laurie Pherigo in her new role as administrative assistant, providing vital support to the organization’s programs, business operations and community relations.

Laurie’s career with Truth Be Told began in 2012, when she participated in and graduated from our Talk to Me program at TDCJ’s Hilltop Unit in Gatesville.