TenderLove Community Center

Empowering women to lead self-sufficient lives and create pathways for their children to thrive.

Check out our SALE EVENT, scheduled for October 24th

Masks and Physical Distancing will be enforced


We are reopening services to homeless and low-income women on Tuesday June 2nd.

After closing for COVID-19 stay-at-home rules, the staff continued to make masks to give for free to essential workers. As of today, we have given out 3,050 masks through mailing and pickup orders with and without donations. Thank you to Albuquerque Community Foundation for its monetary support to cover materials.

Now staff, volunteers and clients will follow CDC recommendations for social distancing and cleaning surfaces while open. The storefront, Sew4Real, at 1518 Girard Blvd. NE, run by students and graduates of TLCC’s sewing program will also open, but no more than five people at a time are permitted in the store at a time, and everyone must wear masks and sanitize their hands at entry.

On Wednesdays, TLCC will be giving away free masks (one per person), and invites the public to come visit, as long as they are respectful to CDC guidelines. TLCC also is making children’s masks. Huge THANK YOU to Diana L. Lewis, a TLCC alumna for making children’s masks

Although the organization has depended upon donations of in-kind goods, such as fabric, sewing notions, sewing machines and office supplies, at this time, because of precautions against COVID-19, they cannot accept any in-kind donations.

The mission of TenderLove Community Center is to help homeless, near homeless and low-income women achieve stable, self-supporting lives for themselves and their families. We seek to break cycles of poverty and homelessness through programs that teach skills to enter or re-enter the job market after traumatic circumstances such as survival of domestic violence, previous incarceration, or homelessness.

The sewing and fashion design program, offered free to qualified women, teaches sewing and life skills over a twelve-month curriculum, and taps a creative spark and sense of accomplishment with tangible results. Other programs and services include case management, financial literacy, computer literacy workshops, in-house childcare, behavioral health therapies, high school equivalency training, and parenting workshops.

TLCC is open 4 days per week, 6 hours per day, and provides transportation where possible warm lunches. Items made by students and graduates are sold through the storefront and featured in monthly open sales. Students completing the program are given an opportunity to join Sew4Real, a business created to be organized and run by our graduates.

Those interested in the services offered by TenderLove Community Center including Recovery Housing can contact the facility at 505-349-1795. Applications can be made in both Spanish and English.

Our regular hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 10 am-4 pm and Friday, 10 am-2 pm.

We’re making masks!

TenderLove Community Center is making cloth masks to donate to hospitals, healthcare workers and essential personnel, including state and city staff.
We are asking for donations whenever possible, but have determined that charging for these would be inappropriate:  we want to make certain that those people whose work is crucial in this pandemic get the protection they need.

We can provide up to 20 masks for free for local essential services.

We are making both rectangular face covers and masks designed to fit as covers for N95 filters.  They are washed and sanitized before they are given out in a clean zip lock bag. 😊 Since we are not open to the public for now, you are welcome to call 505-349-1795 or email us at tenderloveabq@yahoo.com to place your order or ask any questions.  Staff will then get back to you when they are ready for pick up.

It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus.  These masks will help reduce the spread of the virus but in very close proximity will not completely block viruses and other germs.

We are in this together!

Together we are STRONGER, our voices louder, and the synergy of our actions more powerful.

Thank you all for your support and belief in our mission.

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What We Do

We create

a community of connections with individual support so that women and their families can create positive changes in their lives and communities.

We are

a safe, supportive environment where women can learn life and job skills and make connections to wrap-around services.

We engage

women in programs that are matched to their interests and their talents.

We promote

individual responsibility and community awareness.


“I used to be homeless, but I’m NOT ANYMORE!”

Our Mission

Is to help homeless, near homeless and low-income individuals, including survivors of domestic violence and  previously incarcerated, achieve stable, self-supporting lives for themselves and their families.

The Genesis

Debbie Johnson, who is the Founder and Executive Director of TenderLove Community Center, developed a passion for homeless people due to her own experience. She was one time in her life an homeless. She realized that not all homeless people are suffering from any kind of addiction.

Debbie then brought like-minded individuals together to a board that incorporated and created TenderLove Community Center as a non-profit (501c3) organization.

It is our mission to reduce poverty, social exclusion and homelessness and to make a lasting improvement to our clients’ quality of life.

We developed a 12-month program to teach women skills that will change their lives and assist them to secure a job within 3 months of graduation. This provides a practical solution to a barrier these women face when looking for a successful job.

The founding director believed there is a great need in the community that could be met through community support, and that we all should be doing more than simply feeding and housing people.

We believe women can recover from trauma and painful experiences of the past. We will help them break the cycle of homelessness and empower them for a better future to achieve stable and self-sufficient lives for themselves and their families.


Contact Us.

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(505) 349-1795


1518 Girard Blvd., NE  / Albuquerque, NM / 87106