Check out the new 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center

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:

The 826 Valencia Tenderloin Center is a labor of love, and a product of hard work and in-kind donations from the following:

Build team

BBDO San Francisco
BCCI Construction Company
Jonas Kellner
Valerie Veronin


Bill Plumb
Dylan Gold
Qris Frye
Raven Mahon

Subcontractor Partners and Consultants

AMP Printing and Graphics
ALR | Associated Lighting Reps Inc
Anderson Rowe and Buckley Inc
Arrigoni Woods
Ayoob & Perry
Barbara Butler
Bay Area Concrete
B Metals
Bluewater Environmental Services Inc.
Budget Signs
California Drywall Co.
California Wood Floors
Commercial Casework Inc.
Creative Ceilings and Drywall Inc.
Cutting Edge Drapery
DeAnza Tile
DW Nicholson Corporation
Design and Direct Source
Design Workshops
Emser Tile
Fire Detection Unlimited, Inc
Giampolini Inc.
Golden Gate Fire Protection
HD Supply Construction & Industrial – White Cap
Independent Electric Supply Inc
Industry West
Jak W.
Kay Chesterfield
The Lawson Roofing Company, Inc.
Majestic Floors Inc.
Mary Lou Iverson
Minton Door Company
Mission Glass Company
McMillan Electric
Microbiz Security Company
Monticelli Painting and Decorating
National Air Balance Co
New Bohemia
Nor Cal Floor Design
Omni Sheet Metal Inc
Orion Chandelier
Overhead Door Company
Paganini Electric Corp
Philips Lighting
PPG Paints
Pribuss Engineering
Progress Glass Company Inc
Richard Hancock Ind
Patrick J. Ruane, Incorporated
Rubio Monocoat
Service Metal Products Inc.
SF Interiors
Shaw Floors
Sprig Electric
Surber Drywall Construction Inc.
Stockham Construction Inc
Tandus Centiva
Tipping Structural
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!


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