Day of Giving: Code Tenderloin teaches basic coding and job readiness skills to disenfranchised people in San Francisco
Shelley Winner is living a life she never thought possible.
“If someone had told me 4, 4 and a half years ago, when I was in prison, that one day I would own a house and work in a huge tech company, I would have them. laughed in the face, ”says Winner.
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After overcoming addiction and spending two years in prison, she found Code Tenderloin.
“They not only taught me how to write a resume,” says Winner. “But they taught me how to do interviews. And they also took me on a technical tour of a lot of different companies and I got to meet the employees there that I was able to network with.”
ABC7 News Anchor Kumasi Aaron spoke to students in a class like the one Shelley attended. They’re free and cover everything from prep for work to coding boot camp. The objective is to help people who have been incarcerated, who have overcome an addiction or who are experiencing homelessness to find long-term employment. Roles range from placements in local companies to tech giants.
“We have people at Dolby,” says Code Tenderloin founder Del Seymour. “We have employees at Salesforce. We have been able to place many people in jobs of $ 150,000 and over, directly from our shelters and tents. “
After Aaron spoke to the class, she and Seymour walked the streets past the office where Seymour slept for ten years. Now he and his care team are helping to serve, working to meet people where they are.
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“We don’t change anyone’s life,” Seymour says. “We are giving people the tools to change their lives.”
“I just bought a house in Vallejo in March,” says Winner. “I am engaged to be married to a wonderful person. Anything is possible.”
Code Tenderloin strives to meet its goal of $ 15,000 for its #givecare campaign as it continues its work by regularly distributing health kits, warm clothing, food and information to the community. Code Tenderloin also maintains its online courses for students of the Employment Preparation Program and Code Ramp.
Code Tenderloin has also launched the Code Care resource line at (415) 787 – 3069 so that anyone in need can request hygiene information on demand to protect themselves against the contraction and spread of COVID-19.
To donate to Code Tenderloin, visit their website or Facebook page.
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