TENDERLOVE COMMUNITY CENTER

Improve Lives One Stitch At a Time

Albuquerque, NM   |  http://tenderlovecommunitycenter.org/

Mission

The mission of Tenderlove Community Center, Inc. is to help homeless, near homeless and low income women achieve stable, self-supporting lives for themselves and their families through our twelve months life skills curriculum using fashion designs as the platform.

Notes from the nonprofit

TenderLove began our first program year in September, 2013, and will hold graduation ceremonies Oct. 4, 2014. Because our program is new, we will be conducting our first assessment in September 2014, as we conclude our first program year. Currently, we are an all-volunteer organization, but are seeking funding to pay our Executive director, Clerk/receptionist and individual instructors. We have established a gallery in which we will sell items made by the women in the program, and have a Thrift Store. The proceeds from sales in the Gallery will go directly to the women, while the proceeds from the Thrift Store are used for operational costs.
Our Business Plan calls for seeking out sewing contracts that will help to support the women in the program by assisting with food and housing costs, and will help to pay for our staff.
2014 is our first full year of grant seeking.

Ruling year info

2012

Founder / CEO

Mrs. Debbie Johnson

Main address

Po Box 65156

Albuquerque, NM 87193 USA

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EIN

45-4766711

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Employment Training (J22)

Thrift Shops (P29)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Participants who complete our program will be: in safe and secure housing; prepared to successfully enter the workforce; they will be provided with assistance to either find employment or establish their own business using new found skills; they will able to establish and maintain a household budget and will have taken the key steps toward becoming self-sufficient and financially stable. We use the World Health Organization Quality of Life Questionnaire which asks clients to rate their satisfaction with their physical and mental health, safety, financial situation, access to transportation, capacity for work, conditions of their living place, and other areas of their life. Through this we can gain a sense of the improvement our clients feel they are experiencing in their quality of life. At intake, we work with clients to establish stability and financial security goals and plans to achieve their goals using a Goal Attainment Survey (GAS).

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Fashion and Economic Development

A 12-mionth program that follows a structured syllabus, teaching not only sewing skills, but also basic financial skills, resume writing and employment etiquette. Skills learned are transferable to other jobs and situations, making students capable of self-employment, or employment in the larger job market.
Sewing skills learned include overall understanding of basic sewing machine use, special stitches and zipper installation, cutting fabric, making buttonholes and interfaces, understanding and selecting fabric, basic mathematics such as
subtraction and multiplication for use with patterns. Student projects will include aprons, blouses, skirts, pants, dresses. Students together will create a wedding gown. Students final project will be to sew their own
graduation gown.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Non-profit Leader of the Year, Honorable Mention 2014

New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients passing job skill competency exams or assessments after completing course

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Fashion and Economic Development

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

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Fashion and Economic Development

Number of clients still working after 12 months

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Fashion and Economic Development

Number of people no longer couch surfing or doubling up with others as a result of the nonprofit's efforts

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Fashion and Economic Development

Number of computer literacy/skills/technology courses conducted

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Fashion and Economic Development

Context Notes

Our program not only teach people how to use computer to write resume, but being able to trouble shoot and repair computer plus how to build a website and make money using technology in a meaning way.

Number of financial literacy courses conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Fashion and Economic Development

Context Notes

We partner with Nusenda Credit Union and BBVA Compass Bank to make this work and get our clients ready to own a business and stay on top of their finances

Number of participants reporting no relapse 6 months post-program

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Fashion and Economic Development

Context Notes

We use the World Health Organization Quality of Life Questionnaire. At intake, we work with clients to establish stability and financial security goals and plans to achieve their goals using a GAS.

Number of participants that follow counseling recommendations

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fashion and Economic Development

Number of clients satisfied with employment training services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Fashion and Economic Development

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To Empower homeless, near homeless and low income women to achieve stable self-supporting lives for themselves and their families.
To light in them a creative spark that will help them heal and strengthen their spirit
To help these women learn skills they can use in life and in the job market

12-month program curriculum that teaches women independence and self-reliance using sewing as the platform
Day shelter: a warm safe place for women with lunches served daily and opportunity to do creative projects
Art therapy: help women tap into their creative side and rekindle their spirit through fabric arts
Job training: our sewing program teaches a broad array of skills: Our sewing program teaches a broad array of skills. Lessons include overall understanding of basic sewing machine use, special stitches and zipper installation, cutting fabric, making buttonholes and interfaces, understanding and selecting fabric. Student projects will include aprons, blouses, skirts, pants, and dresses. Students together will create a wedding gown. Students final project will be to each sew their own graduation gown.
Providing financial literacy, reading, ESL and job readiness training

Our facility has a large room with over 20 sewing machines, a serger and an embroidery machine, as well as cutting tables, irons and ironing boards, etc. We have a large collection of fabrics that have been donated to us that our client/students can use to practice.
We have 4 volunteer seamstresses who work directly with each of our students. Our Executive Director has a wide network of organizations serving homeless and low income women, and is able to make referrals for our clients to meet their needs.We partner with reading and financial literacy training programs.

Eight women graduated from TenderLove's sewing program in October, 2014. Fifteen were enrolled at the beginning of our 2014/15 program year, with an addition 10 joining subsequently.
Our students report raised confidence, excitement at the production of items such as aprons, pillows, blouses, skirts. Each item our students make is proof to them that they are capable of something. For some of these women, this is hugely important.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TENDERLOVE COMMUNITY CENTER

Board of directors
as of 7/8/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs Tommie Bedford

Tommie Bedford

Diana Lewis

Adesola Adedokun

Anthony Onimole

Marjorie Germain

Josh Eden

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No