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Truth Be Told Graduation

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Have you ever wanted to attend a Truth Be Told graduation program, and see for yourself the incredible transformative effect of our programs?

You are invited to participate as a compassionate and supportive witness at a presentation and celebration of incarcerated women who have completed Truth Be Told’s TALK TO ME classes at Gatesville’s Hilltop Prison.

When: Thursday, November 17, 5:30-7:30 pm (must arrive by 4:30 for briefing)

Where: Hilltop Prison (a minimum security TDCJ women’s prison), Gatesville, TX

Please RSVP by sending an email to We will then contact you to gather additional information required by the prison for their pre-screening process. Please provide us with your home and cell phone numbers when you RSVP.

There are two spots left! We will send an email to those who RSVP with further information about dress code, directions from Waco and Temple to Hilltop prison, and dinner afterward for those who want to attend and debrief.

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All TBT programs focus on Communication skills development, Community building and Creativity. The creativity in our classes becomes a tool for redirecting emotional turmoil into creative arts and outlets other than depression or aggression.

At this graduation, you will hear every participant’s voice as the women perform or share in some creative way what they have discovered about themselves as they’ve faced the trauma and secrets of their past, and moved into a safe community for truth telling and character building. For inmates, the experience of being listened to by respectful and compassionate witnesses is rare. TBT graduation witnesses are typically deeply moved by the courage and honesty of these women. The mutually supportive community that has developed among the women is also inspiring. A Truth Be Told graduation is often a transformative experience for both inmates and guests.

We especially need guests from Waco, Temple, and Gatesville to witness this journey with us.

Please email if you would like to attend. There are two spots left!


About Shelley Seale

I'm Shelley, a journeyer and learner of the world, freelance journalist and author, yoga chick and dog lover. I pound the keyboard from home barefoot every day, and while my boss is demanding she also occasionally lets me have the early afternoon cocktail. I think not going into an office or collecting corporate paychecks are very good ideas, though not always profitable. I have written for National Geographic, USA Today, The Guardian, Texas Monthly and CNN, among others. Neither the New York Times nor Johnny Depp have answered my letters yet. I love yoga, indie movies, wine, and books, though not necessarily in that order. I believe in karma. Mean people suck. If I could have any dream job I would like to be a superhero. I have performed a catch on the flying trapeze, boarded down a live volcano and was once robbed by a monkey in Nepal. But, I don't know how to whistle. My mantra is "travel with a purpose."

2 responses »

  1. Pingback: Awakening Through Truth Be Told « Truth Be Told

  2. This a beautiful story about Truth Be Told, I shared the link on my Facebook. I am excited to either be able to attend the graduation on Nov 17, or be able to be present in a classroom on Dec 1. I will be blessed by whichever event I attend I am sure.


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