After a year of construction, 300 hours of working with students in the Tenderloin through partner organizations, and incredible support from all of you, we opened the 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center with an official ribbon cutting on May 19, 2016.
This 5,000 square foot space will bring tutoring, writing, and publishing programs to thousands of kids in San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood. It’s also the home of our new store, King Carl’s Emporium, a — well, emporium of sorts — of supplies for explorers of all stripes, curated by our dear puffer fish, King Carl.
Learn more about our Tenderloin Center, why and how we opened it, and the amazing team behind the scenes here. And check out this recent press about our expansion to learn more:
- San Francisco Chronicle: Kids and Writing and a Royal Pufferfish in the Tenderloin
- Beyond Chron: 826 Valencia Promotes Fresh Vision for Tenderloin
- Take Part: Letting Kids Write and Be Weird
- 7×7: 826 Valencia Opens New Location in Tenderloin
- Hoodline: 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center Now Open for Writing, Tutoring, Exploring
- And see us on KTVU FOX 2
The 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center is a labor of love, and a product of hard work and in-kind donations from the following:
Subcontractor Partners and Consultants
AMP Printing and Graphics
ALR | Associated Lighting Reps Inc
Anderson Rowe and Buckley Inc
Ayoob & Perry
Bay Area Concrete
Bluewater Environmental Services Inc.
California Drywall Co.
California Wood Floors
Commercial Casework Inc.
Creative Ceilings and Drywall Inc.
Cutting Edge Drapery
DW Nicholson Corporation
Design and Direct Source
Fire Detection Unlimited, Inc
Golden Gate Fire Protection
HD Supply Construction & Industrial – White Cap
Independent Electric Supply Inc
The Lawson Roofing Company, Inc.
Majestic Floors Inc.
Mary Lou Iverson
Minton Door Company
Mission Glass Company
Microbiz Security Company
Monticelli Painting and Decorating
National Air Balance Co
Nor Cal Floor Design
Omni Sheet Metal Inc
Overhead Door Company
Paganini Electric Corp
Progress Glass Company Inc
Richard Hancock Ind
Patrick J. Ruane, Incorporated
Service Metal Products Inc.
Surber Drywall Construction Inc.
Stockham Construction Inc
Young Electric Co.
We Need You!
Growing our programs also means growing our volunteer numbers by the hundreds, in addition to needing more financial support than ever before to bring our free writing and tutoring services to thousands more students. Get involved!