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Marc Roth

35 neighbors want the Learning Shelter in Mid Market.

In San Francisco, data on homelessness suggest that there are from 7,000 - 13,000 homeless living in this city at any time. All great impact starts with successful prototyping and then scales.

March - May 2014 will see 4 participants in 90 days go from homeless to hacker following in the footsteps of Marc Roth (follow link to see personal story) who managed to bootstrap a new life for himself and his family in San Francisco's hottest tech learning environment, TechShop SoMa (a maker space where anyone can buy a membership and learn/work on anything from basic sewing, to CNC machining). As a reach back and out of gratitude Marc conceptualized a place built to produce success through training, mentorship, and community. With the help of numerous partners and the Mayor of San Francisco's amazing workforce development team, it is now coming to fruition.

Next steps in 2014 will involve scaling from 5 (4 participants plus the original) to a second cohort of 30 individuals. You can bet that with a diverse homeless population, The Learning Shelter will be made up of people from all walks of life and many new stories and challenges will arise. That is why the first crowdfunding mission is to successfully prove out this business model and adapt. Iteration, 4 people in February can and shall be the seeds that grow something built especially to help people from all around the globe follow a path to successful reinvention of self. The Learning Shelter will be an open source project aimed at positively affecting those who have become a part of the homeless systems as they stand now. A tipping point is out there that once reached will turn enough welfare dependents into tax payers to turn the tides on homelessness. The time to act is now.


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1131 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA, United States

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Do you want to do something about homelessness in San Francisco? Join ReAllocate for a HACKtivation for the Homeless. Please RSVP here: www.eventbrite.com/e/hacktivat...

This is just the beginning of series of events for ongoing civic participation to create lasting impact and build a stronger San Francisco. We will be working with people and organizations that do incredible work in the city: Project Homeless Connect SF, Tenderloin Technology Lab (TTL), Episcopal Community Services, Larkin Street Youth Services, Hospitality House, Glide and more, with the support of Spotify, Lyft, Zenput, Innovation Alley, Code for America, and more!

Bring your skills and help your neighbors. HACKtivations are NOT just for developers. If you want to help make San Francisco better, this event is for you!

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Posted Mar 10, 2014
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Marc Roth
Marc Roth proposed this fundraiser for the Learning Shelter in Mid Market.
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The Learning Shelter exists for the curious, established as an entrance to technology, constructed in temporary spaces only to serve human beings that are willing to commit to a 90 day exit strategy. Open source and globally focused on homeless as a global term meaning vulnerable, open and ready to start again. Failure is not a kind of person it’s an ingredient in a recipe for a thing known as character and should never be used to hold a person down.

Help us make it happen - www.indiegogo.com/projects/the...

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The Learning Shelter

Homeless people always hear that they should “get a job.” We’re giving them the skills to do that with 90 days of training.

www.indiegogo.com/projects/525...

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Posted Mar 3, 2014
Dan
Dan
Mar 5, 2014

Congrats to Mark on raising over $20k for The Learning Shelter. Way to go! www.indiegogo.com/projects/the...

Posted by Dan on Mar 5, 2014
Tom K.
Tom K.
Mar 7, 2014

Go Marc, Go! We're lucky to have you in this city.

Posted by Tom K. on Mar 7, 2014
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Dan

Nice to see Mark's project getting covered in Inc -

"Here's how the program will work: four students will be given accommodations for 90 days. Each will spend 30 days working on a core curriculum and 60 days working on their own track, VentureBeat reported. They will also have a free membership at TechShop, the San Francisco-based do-it-yourself workshop where Roth picked up the skills he used to start his business. Roth is looking for $60,000 to be able to run four students through the inaugural class."

www.inc.com/laura-montini/new-...

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New Initiative Aims to Teach Hardware Skills to the Homeless

A formerly homeless entrepreneur wants to employ and teach other people who have fallen on hard times.

www.inc.com/laura-montini/new-...

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Posted Feb 8, 2014
Marc Roth
Marc Roth
Feb 8, 2014

The one forum where I can actually elaborate =)

Part of our IndieGoGo campaign funds the purchase of the 4 TechShop Memberships and 80 classes as well as the materials to fulfill the rewards. Actionable results based on the amount of effort put in are key to our success in achieving something sustainable outside the plain charity model. Thanks for the chance to add that.

igg.me/at/learning/x/3006180

Posted by Marc Roth on Feb 8, 2014
Dan
Dan
Feb 8, 2014

Thanks for the clarity Mark!

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Marc Roth
Marc Roth proposed this fundraiser for the Learning Shelter in Mid Market.
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Hi Everyone. Did you know that "The Crate of Discovery" grew up to be called "The Learning Shelter?"

You're all invited to our launch night party. I would also like to express that we would sigh a huge sigh of relief if we find corporate sponsors to help us out by buying Benefactor Tickets and/or supporting us with food and beverages for the 200+ folks expected at our launch night party.

Individuals tickets are free.

www.eventbrite.com/e/the-learn...

You're the best neighbors, thanks ~ Marc

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The Learning Shelter - IndieGoGo Launch Party

Launch Party for The Learning Shelter's IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign.
Sustainable success starts with leadership - be a leader by taking part in this campaign
 
In San Francisco, data on homelessness suggest that there are from 7,000 - 13,000 homeless living in this city at any time. All great impact starts with successful prototyping and...

www.eventbrite.com/e/the-learn...

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Posted Jan 30, 2014
Dan
Dan
Jan 30, 2014

Thanks for the update Marc, and congrats on the progress.

Posted by Dan on Jan 30, 2014
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Tom K.

Marc asked for help from the community, and 43 days later, five shipping containers arrived!

HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Lend your skills to turn this idea into reality. Whether you are a web designer, social worker, maker, teacher, or energetic creator, we need your input! Join Marc and [freespace] for a Learning Shelter Hackathon this Friday and Saturday July 19th and 20th to contribute your skills and expertise.

www.facebook.com/events/193165...

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Posted Jul 15, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jul 16, 2013

Thanks for joining in, Wendy! It's actually 1131 Mission St. I'll correct it.

Posted by Tom K. on Jul 16, 2013
Marc Roth
Marc Roth
Jul 21, 2013

Amazing turn out, we are (fingers crossed) 6 days from launching our Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaign. We really need to get our mailing list capture tools online, I'll let you know when we get there =)

Posted by Marc Roth on Jul 21, 2013
Tom K.
Tom K.
Jul 22, 2013

Great to hear, Marc! Continue to keep us updated. How do we join your mailing list?

Posted by Tom K. on Jul 22, 2013
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Tom K.

If anyone is interested in learning more about this project and others, Marc will be at the meetup tonight. I'm going to swing by as well.

"For the July meetup we're excited to be joined by Rob Gitin, co-founder and Executive Director of At The Crossroads!

"The mission of At The Crossroads is to reach out to homeless youth and young adults at their point of need, and work with them to build healthy and fulfilling lives. Our innovative model focuses on young people who do not access traditional services and are disconnected from any type of consistent support. We work with young people who others have given up on, who would not get help without us."

In addition to presenting on ATC's work and his perspectives on homelessness, Rob will also tell us about their upcoming Hiking for Homeless Youth event and their tech needs.

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Posted Jul 9, 2013
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Marc Roth

Hey there everyone. If you have a way to move a container from American Steel to Freespace, we have the potential to get the shop in a box pictured above, over to Freespace for the rest of the month. Of course the trip needs to be round trip. I'm going to be stumping for this to happen. Where there is a will there is a way.

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Posted Jun 5, 2013
Wendy
Wendy
Jun 5, 2013

How big is the container ? I\

Posted by Wendy on Jun 5, 2013
Dan
Dan
Jun 5, 2013

How much would it cost?

Posted by Dan on Jun 5, 2013
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Marc Roth

Thanks for the data. I just drove around the building. I don't see a place for the container, never mind 40 buses.

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Dan

Thanks Marc - The Armory is at 1800 Mission Street (and 14th). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Fran...

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Marc Roth

I went to a great meeting tonight on homeless innovation and there wasn't time to discuss the crate of discovery. Interestingly though, another modest and lightly spoken former homeless man (okay I guess I'm not modest or lightly spoken, but he was) suggested a parking space for Lava Mae, which might also be a good place for a crate of discovery to live. Anyone know of a place called "The Armory?" Apparently the Kink.com guy owns it or something like that. Anyway, if it's near where the people who need it are, and there is empty outdoor space, I'm willing to go talk to someone.

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Posted May 1, 2013
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