Our program teaches skills to enter or re-enter the job market after traumatic circumstances including survival of domestic violence or incarceration.

The program is free to qualified women 6 hours per day, 4 days per week for 50 weeks.

Our sewing curriculum gives women a sense of accomplishment while learning marketable skills. Skills learned in sewing classes are transferable to other jobs and situations, making our students employable across the job market. Sewing allows caregivers to adapt their work schedules to accommodate family needs while continuing to help support themselves and their family.

In addition to sewing skills, students learn to follow directions, take projects from beginning to end, design their own projects, think and create independently.

Students also learn basic financial skills, and basic employment etiquette, such as on-time arrivals, calling when late, scheduling time off with supervisor’s approval.

While at TenderLove, our client students receive: a safe shelter during the day, warm lunches, transportation, referrals to wrap around services and coordination with caseworkers.

Additionally, students can sell items they’ve made and earn money doing alterations, repairs and other tasks.

All of these empower women to move from unemployable to employable. After the first year, we continue to work with our students to insure they have all the tools they need to retain employment or start their own micro-business.

Accomplishments

Eight women graduated from our program in 2014

Fourteen women graduated in 2015

We currently have sixteen students in our 2015/16 program, with an expected increase of at least seven more

We have provided over 530 days of shelter overall to over 120 women

In 2015 we established a small business, called Sew4Real, that will employ our graduates and help them learn how to run a small business, how to seek out and write contracts, keep inventory, pay taxes, and do payroll.

Celebration

In August 2014 we hosted a Fashion Show, supported by Bernalillo County, to showcase our student accomplishments

In October 2014 we hosted our first Graduation, with  8 students graduating, and each receiving a gift of a sewing machine from our Board of Directors

In August 2015 we hosted our 2nd Annual Fashion Show, again supported in part by Bernalillo County, with addition support from Shalom Elegant Styles

In October 2015 we hosted our 2nd Graduation, with 14 students graduating, and again we were able to give a sewing machine to each of our graduates, this time through the generosity of a grant from the Albuquerque Community Foundation and Southwest Women’s Law Center

In February 2016 we hosted our first GALA fund-raiser and used the opportunity to