[…] two years later, Roth, 39, wants to help other homeless people reap similar benefits. […] he’s started an Indiegogo campaign to raise $60,000 to open the Learning Shelter, a program to teach hands-on industrial-hardware skills to homeless individuals, while also providing housing and volunteer mentors. TechShop already boasts a history of training people who need help, such as offering free classes to military veterans, said Jim Newton, who founded the business eight years ago. Roth worked temporarily at a pizza shop, but developed painful nerve damage similar to sciatica and accumulated piles of medical bills. Thanks to his TechShop skills and connections, and a successful Kickstarter campaign, Lang started a business called OpenROV (for open-source remotely operated underwater vehicles), which sells $850 kits to make robot submarines. “Mark is someone hacking and hustling his way to a new solution,” said Bettina Warburg, public foresight strategist at the Institute for the Future, a Palo Alto organization that’s temporarily providing nonprofit status to the Learning Shelter so he can accept tax-deductible donations. The Tenderloin Technology Lab, a free computer training center run by the St. Anthony Foundation, is also promoting Roth’s program to clients. Learning Shelter A proposed program to teach hands-on “maker” skills to homeless people.