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Truth Be Told Graduations and Annual Fundraiser

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens
can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
~Margaret Mead

Brené Brown

We have exciting invitations to share with YOU and we hope you will join us in the spirit of this inspirational quote. In our work with incarcerated women, we experience and witness changes in ourselves and in the women we guide through a transformative process of story telling and creative expression. Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, who studies include vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame says:

“Shame corrodes the very part of us that believes we are capable of change…. If we can share our story with someone who responds with empathy and understanding, shame can’t survive…. We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.”

So, won’t you please join Truth Be Told in being a part of changing the world by attending a graduation inside the prison, and attending our 8th annual fundraiser on December 3, 2012.  YOUR presence, by being a respectful witness, will help to heal the corrosion of shame and shine light on love.

Please read below for more details and please note that the graduations in the prison have a quickly approaching deadline.

“Imagine”
8th Annual Fundraiser

Monday, December 3, 2012
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Frank Fickett Center in Austin, TX

We invite you to join us at our 8th annual fundraiser.
This event is a free dinner, where you will hear stories from our Truth Be Told graduates sharing with you about how their lives Beyond Bars have been changed and affected by the tools that they experienced and learned Behind Bars in the Truth Be Told programs. You will also watch a powerful 8-minute video that was primarily filmed inside the Lockhart Prison.

Be inspired and informed by reading about last year’s fundraiser, from the voice of Katie Ford, TBT Facilitator and Behind Bars Coordinator:

“It awakens the good stuff in people. It breaks down the walls, casts aside the doubts, looks directly in the face of denial and awakens the best in us.”

RSVP now for this evening of inspiration, connection and growing of community AND let us know if you would like to be a Table Captain – we need 25 Table Captains, read below for more details.

We want YOU as a Table Captain !!!

Table Captains are crucial to the success of our annual fundraising event.
What does a Table Captain do?  ~ GREAT QUESTION!
You invite your friends and family and everyone you meet to come and join us on December 3rd, 2012 for dinner.   Your guests will sit with you at your table and you will share dinner together and you will also share an evening of inspiration and building community with TBT graduates, facilitators, board members, and founders.
What does a Table Captain not do? ~ Another GREAT QUESTION!
You will not ever be put in a position to ask for money.
We will guide you through this process, so let us know if you are interested and we will send you information on how to invite your guests, how to keep them motivated, and how to keep us informed on who will be joining you at your table/s.

TRUTH BE TOLD DISCOVERY GRADUATION
GEO Lockhart Facility, Lockhart,TX
Friday, November 9, 2012, 2 – 4 p.m.

We only have 9 spots left for this event that is filled with creativity, self-expression, and authentic story telling.
Please RSVP by end of day Tuesday, October 23rd.

This graduation celebrates the inmates’ completion of a 14-week series of classes. The past 6 weeks they have been in the level 2 of community, called the Discovery Class: Having developed a deeper sense of trust, graduates shift their focus from the past to the present, engaging in writing, impromptu speaking and creative play to increase their discovery and understanding of themselves, others, and the world outside. They continue to improve their communication skills and deepen the network of support they began developing in the Talk To Me classes.

Prepare to be moved by their extraordinary creativity and courage, as they take you through two hours of what they have experienced in the last 14 weeks.

If you are interested in attending a graduation but can’t make this one, we have another graduation coming up on Thursday, November 29th, 2012, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m, at the Hilltop Unit in Gatesville, TX. Please contact us for more details.

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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."

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