ALBUQUERQUE — TenderLove Community Center (TLCC) announced that it received a $25,000 grant from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico’s (BCBSNM) Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative. The grant will support TenderLove Community Center’s program, which provides training and services to clients who are recovering from trauma, homelessness or imprisonment.
“At TenderLove Community Center, we deeply believe that every person has a creative spark and developing that spark will bring confidence and a sense of purpose,” said Debbie Johnson, executive director of TenderLove Community Center. “Every person can grow the skills, traits and qualities to become effective leaders, when given the right support and encouragement in a safe environment.”
This grant will help TLCC provide the training and services needed to help clients find employment or establish their own businesses, find stable housing that they can retain, learn to maintain a household budget and take the critical steps toward becoming self-sufficient and financially stable.
“TenderLove Community Center provides one-on-one attention that can help empower individuals and families live fulfilling lives,” said Janice Torrez, BCBSNM president. “We are proud to support a program that helps families and individuals get back on their feet to escape poverty and achieve a stable life.”
BCBSNM’s Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grant initiative is part of an ongoing commitment to invest in and partner with nonprofit organizations that offer sustainable, measurable programs in nutrition, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and supporting safe environments. TenderLove Community Center’s commitment to breaking 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 aligns with the vision of Healthy Kids, Healthy Families to improve the health of children and their families across New Mexico.
About TenderLove Community Center
TenderLove Community Center (TLCC) is a small, focused program that seeks to do one thing well: inspire and empower homeless and low-income individuals to become financially self-supporting through job skills and life skills training. We focus on victims of rape, survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, and previously incarcerated women. We provide a safe shelter and warm lunches in a community where our clients receive individualized hands-on training.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico is one of the largest commercial health insurers in New Mexico with more than 700,000 New Mexicans carrying a Blue Cross and Blue Shield card. Since 1940, BCBSNM has been committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. BCBSNM is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, the country’s largest customer-owned health insurer. Health Care Service Corporation is a Mutual Legal Reserve Company and an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.