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Homeboy Industries

“This organization has engaged the imagination of 120,000 gang members and helped them to envision an exit ramp off the “freeway” of violence, addiction and incarceration. And the country has taken notice. We have helped more than 40 other organizations replicate elements of our service delivery model, broadening further the understanding that community trumps gang — every time.”  – Father Greg Boyle

Homeboy Industries began in 1988 when a concerned group of Angelenos, led by Father Greg Boyle and the Dolores Mission Church, asked the question: “Can we improve the health and safety of our community through jobs and education rather than through suppression and incarceration?” This initial concept launched as “Jobs for a Future” and 70 individuals joined their efforts as a way out of gang life.

Fast forward to 2017, when Homeboy Industries is now recognized as the largest and most successful gang intervention and re-entry program in the world, and has become a national model. Now, each year over 10,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles come through Homeboy Industries’ doors in an effort to make a positive change in their lives. In this episode, you’ll hear Christina talk about the sense of community that Homeboy offers, which is a huge part of the program. Additionally, Homeboy offers a wide variety of services ranging from tattoo removal to anger management and parenting classes. Full-time employment is offered for more than 200 men and women at a time through an 18-month program that helps them re-identify who they are in the world, offers job training so they can move on from Homeboy Industries and become contributing members of the community – knowing they count!

In this episode, we chat with Christina, an amazingly strong woman who shares her story and her experiences before Homeboy and where she is at now, as she winds down her 18-month program that has created a bridge to things she never was knew possible or had experienced before.

Homeboy Industries is a Los Angeles based program, but there are many programs that have followed in their footsteps across the country. We encourage you to find a program similar to Homeboy near you and get involved today! The efforts of Homeboy and other organizations like it are critical to breaking the cycle of re-arrest and recidivism, which currently sits at around 2/3 will be re-arrested and 1/3 will re-offend.

 

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Ways You Can Act

  1. Shop for a cause and support Homeboy Industries by grabbing some awesome gear here.
  2. If you are local to the Los Angeles area, be sure to check out one of Homeboy’s awesome businessesvolunteer or hire from  Homeboy!
  3. Share the work and stories of Homeboy Industries on social media! Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter and Instagram!
  4. Learn more about the prison system and what happens to previous inmates. Learn what your state or community is doing to help make sure that re-arrest and recidivism is on the decline. Become an advocate for the work of organizations like Homeboy Industries.

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