Our small focused program seeks to do one thing well:

We ENERGIZE AND INSPIRE vulnerable women to escape from the cycle of poverty and achieve stable self-supporting lives

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

Who we serve

  • All are low-income women
  • Many are trauma survivors, immigrants, and/or recently incarcerated
  • >90% have a high school education or less
  • >50% were homeless when entering the program
  • Most are head of household and/or have dependent children
  • 30% are senior citizens
  • >70% from ethnic minority groups


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 families.

In addition to sewing skills, we provide our clients with life-times skills like computer literacy, GED, on-site childcare, and many more. Recently, we have expanded our program to include housing for homeless women with or without children. Also, our students learn to follow directions, take projects from beginning to end, design their own projects, and think and create independently.

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

In 2017 we added adult home health care and Community Health Worker certificates to our program.

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


Over 60 women come through our doors each year; of these about 1/4 stay to complete the one-year program in Sewing and Fashion Design.  Others complete specialized programs, such as financial literacy, parenting classes, and now, Community Health Worker certificates through a cooperative program with Central New Mexico University

  • At least 97% of graduates are currently in stable housing
  • At least 88% of graduates are now self-supporting- employed or in school
  • 32% of the budget supported by private foundations

As of 2018, we are providing certificates of completion in lieu of a single graduation ceremony, to adapt to individual needs of our women.

Awards   [click here]


Help to build our programs

Your contributions help us help women and children in Albuquerque by giving them the skills they need to find or create jobs and build self-sufficient lives