Excerpt from Founder & Executive Director, Talaya Kluttz
Truth House Foundation was birthed out of my own life experiences. At 15 years old I was a teen mom. By the time I was 23, I was a single mother of four daughters. For a long time, I operated in survival mode doing all that I could to care for me and my daughters despite feeling alone, depressed, hopeless, worthless, ashamed, ill-equipped and a whirlwind of other emotions. I lived in poverty, was homeless, involved in abusive relationships and relied on drugs and alcohol for various reasons. Soon after having my first daughter, my mom forced my daughter and I to live in a group home. I was devasted but it turned out to be one of the best things that happened to me. I learned independent living skills, parenting skills, family planning, child development, work readiness, post-secondary educational opportunities and received individual, group and family therapy all while living in an environment that was supportive and nurturing and in community with other young moms which created a bond between us. Fast forward years later, I have succeeded through many struggles and have been victorious over many challenges. I’m a proud wife and have been married to my husband for over 22 years. Three of our daughters are married and all are doing well. In fact, we have a total of 11 grandchildren! I’m a paralegal by trade and worked in the legal department of a financial services company for 21+ years. Together my husband and I put our two youngest daughters through college and built a home from the ground up. And let me tell you, THE best thing that happened to me was when I gave my life to Jesus! Because of the transformation that took place in my life, me and my family’s lives have been transformed and we are thriving. Now my purpose is, Truth House Foundation’s purpose is, to help other young moms do the same.