Tenderloin Nonprofit Scrambles to Recover From Laptop Thefts

Several laptops were stolen right before Code Tenderloin's classes servicing homeless and formerly incarcerated clients were set to begin.

Code Tenderloin, a nonprofit that teaches job skills and readiness to clients who may be struggling with homelessness or life after incarceration, was set to begin a busy summer session with a record number of students. But disaster struck last week — the theft of 21 laptops and other tech equipment at its 55 Taylor St. office. 

The burglary resulted not only in $15,000 in lost property but the inability to keep classes running at full speed, the nonprofit told supporters in an email Monday afternoon. This affects Code Tenderloin’s youth internship, job readiness program, computer skills training, and its media lab program, all scheduled to start July 8. 

As its name indicates, Code Tenderloin also teaches coding while covering transportation costs. Its partners include the Public Defender’s Office, GLIDE, St. Anthony’s Foundation, Compass Family Services, and Tech Credit Union.

“We’re all eager and excited, so it cuts us deeply for this session to start on a low,” the nonprofit said about the summer classes. “As a community of non-profits, every program in the building will be significantly impacted by the break-in.”

Alas, the show must go on. Dev/Mission stepped in to provide some laptops and the building has been secured but Code Tenderloin is seeking donations to rebuild its equipment inventory. This could cost at least $40,000 when accounting for software updates and refurbishing donated computers, the nonprofit tells the Chronicle.

“Rather than discouraging us, the loss mobilizes us even stronger with the Code T ‘go-getter’ spirit,” the nonprofit said. “We ask for your thoughts and support as we rebuild our equipment supply and continue our work creating a healing and education space for all life transitions.”

Donations to Code Tenderloin as it restocks computers may be made here.

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