Pasadena Community Foundation Funds

Truman’s Touch Endowment

June Truman at her business, the Truman Employment Agency

The Truman’s Touch Endowment honors the memory of June Truman and was established by her daughter Judith Truman Houg and granddaughter Chanel Burneo.

June Truman was a single mom who raised five children. After years of working for others in the accounting and human resources fields, Truman realized her dream of opening her own business when she founded the Truman Employment Agency in 1978 in San Gabriel. She worked tirelessly to provide job guidance for people in need in the San Gabriel Valley, coaching them on writing resumes and interview skills. On occasion, June would hire people with limited experience for a few weeks to work at the agency to help them add to their resume. “Mom managed to touch the lives of so many people with the same amazing strength and grace with which she did everything in life,” remembers her daughter Judith.

June passed away in 2009. Judith and Chanel wanted to find a way to keep her memory alive and turned to the Pasadena Community Foundation to establish an endowment fund.  The fund will support nonprofits that help single moms and children, causes that were important to June.  The Truman’s Touch Endowment will ensure that her legacy will live on. As Chanel said when her grandmother June passed, “Grandma is like the wind; you can’t see her, but you can always feel her presence.”

Two women stand closely together smiling at the camera.
Chanel Burneo and Judith Truman Houg.
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