We had the good fortune of connecting with Delashawn Bordeaux and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Delashawn, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
as a nonprofit organization our goal is to always be active and visual in the community. Speak Our Truth, Inc. has only been around since 2019 however, we are working to spread the word on sexual abuse, and provide a safe place for black survivors to speak out without fear of retaliation. We promote therapy by offering peer support group via zoom so survivors can remain anonymous, and in the comfort of their own homes. we offer a voucher program for survivors who need therapy but can not maintain the financial responsibility. Lastly I am a certified life coach with a specialization in self-love. As survivors we don’t see ourselves the way those looking in do, and it is important that we teach survivors that they are loved and how to love themselves because self-love is the key to successful relationships, careers, and confidencel.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Speak Our Truth, Inc, is a nonprofit for survivors of sexual abuse in the black community. We accept all races and genders, but we understand the lack within our own community and want to be that resource. I am most proud of the strength I took to start the organization, Being a survivor myself I often find myself triggered by the stories I hear. Thankfully I have a therapist of my own to always call, but the constant triggers let me know I am in the right field and I am needed so other survivors can see what it looks like to continue to push forward after a traumatic experience. I became a certified life coach as an added bonus for the organization. I allowed my circumstances to determine what we had to offer, and learning to love myself after years of believing I was unloveable because of my experience was needed along with access to therapy and not feeling guilty for seeking therapy.
How did I get where I am today…Well honestly I quit. Our first event was scheduled in April 2020 for Sexual Assault Awareness Month, but was canceled due to the pandemic. I quit then because I felt it wasn’t for me and didn’t have the support I felt was needed. I felt like I made a bad choice in focusing on an organization with such a heavy niche. A few months later I loss my job, and after talking to God I started the organization again allowing myself to follow Gods lead no matter how tough it would be. So to sum it up I got here based off my experience with sexual abuse and my trust/faith in God that this organization will save someone else’s life.
As an entrepreneur I have learned to believe in myself no matter how much support you lack from friends and family, Don’t give up or you will never succeed, and last but not least be willing to invest in yourself the results are better.
I want the world to know that our brand works based off the “How can we help you method”? organizations take survivors in try to tell them how to share their stories, how to report, when to report, how to feel, and so forth but fail to ask what they need and how we can make this situation easier or better for them. Instead of neglecting the reason they came as an organization we have to acknowledge the reason we were sought out and allow the survivor to become comfortable enough to take the next step.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I actually have a friend coming in soon so this is perfect LOL!!!!
For food I don’t eat much because I am picky but some of my favorite places are Vidorras, Zalat Pizza, Cinnaholics, Hard8, Pluckers, and Kitchen + Cocktails.
To hang out I love going to Deep Ellum, Neo Soul Sundays, and any hang out spot in Addison.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to send a shoutout to a few people. to my parents because of course without them I would be nothing.To see success in my parents helped me achieve success within myself. To Tarledo Jones, thank you for believing in me, for always supporting me, but most importantly for staying on me. As a woman trying to establish myself and career it is important to have someone in your life who tells you when you are wrong and your actions aren’t aligning to your future, I have been blessed to have women in my life who keep me on track even when I don’t want to hear it.
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