Issiah Johnson | Artist |
I grew up in the Tenderloin with my mom and three older siblings. I went to the San Francisco City Academy (SFCA), where Mrs. Chea noticed my artistic abilities. There was a lot I didn't understand about church and God, but I liked being around people from City Impact. After graduating from SFCA, I started volunteering at the City Impact Rescue Mission delivering meals. In May 2013, Mrs. Chea told me about this new "art thing" starting and thought I would be a great fit. I don't really consider myself an artist, but knew I loved being around all of these really nice, positive people. Being a part of TL Made helped to build relationships with people that I never thought I would become friends with-- a business man, a talented artist, a woman from Orange County, to name a few (aka the founders). Relationships like these opened my eyes to a different way of life. No longer are the broken things of the Tenderloin just normal life-- there are actually people who love, and are kind, and go out of their way to build relationships with people who might appear damaged. I hope that one day I have the courage to do that too. Through the ups and downs of being a part of a new business, I have experienced love and friendship that has kept me here. Working for TL Made helps me financially support my mom and sisters. I also discovered my love for poetry and writing and hope to learn more in the future.  [Read more about Issiah here]
Regina Kimuyu | Artist |
Hi, my name is Regina Kimuyu. I came to know about TL Made earlier this summer when I was going through a lot. I just got out of the hospital from having surgery and lost my job because I was at home for a while. I was also taking medication for depression. I was walking along Turk Street and saw the sign for the free clinic at City Impact. I met Camille, who was an intern, and told her what I was going through. She prayed for me, encouraged me and told me to trust God and everything would be fine. Camille introduced me to TL Made because I was looking for jobs but couldn't find anything. TL Made has done a lot for me because they have provided me with a job and now I can pay my rent and take care of myself.  I print t-shirts, make candles, and want to learn more about how I can work with TL Made. I am very happy to be a part of the church, where I can cry out to my God. I stopped taking my depression medication in October of 2014 and now I can send money back to Kenya to help pay for my nephew to go to school. TL Made is giving hope to people in the Tenderloin. I am one of them and am very happy now.