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. In May 2018, she was promoted to full time, and her Healing Trauma program became part of Truth Be Told.
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.