HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES: jobs not Jails

HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES: jobs not Jails

Homeboy Industries - Breaking Bread

DISCOVERING HOMEBOY

While living in Downtown Los Angeles, I took a solo stroll up the street for a cute mid-morning trip to the farmers market. As I notice a stand stacked with delish baked goods, I’m drawn to the person behind the breads – a large, tatted up, bald, Hispanic guy. As I approached the stand, a young hispanic boy walked over with a box of breads and his bad boy sway.

Homeboy Industries - Bakery Retail

It turns out, the tatted guy was not only selling baked goods but also mentoring this teen who had an on-again off-again relationship with the law. As a mentor, he too struggled with that same unhealthy relationship himself. From a stereotypically judgemental angle, it would be no surprise that these two were incarcerated for gang activities. But in reality, I never once felt threatened by them; in fact, I literally felt their love and passion for their work, their purpose, and their lives. From what initially seemed out of nature, felt incredibly… good and positive.

Like always, following the intuition of my sweet tooth never disappoints, because this is how I discovered Homeboy Industries – the bakery responsible for bringing these people and this moment together.

WHO IS HOMEBOY?

Located in Los Angeles, California – Homeboy Industries is one of the the largest and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry programs in the country. Their model revolves around creating a supportive community that trumps the support found in gangs. Founded in 2001 and led by Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy was built on the question,

What if we were to invest in this population rather than just endlessly incarcerate?

A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
PARENTING:

menu

HomeboyFoods.com

cupcake

Homeboy Bakery

burger

Homeboy Diner

plate

Homegirl Cafe

bread

Local Farmers Markets

taco

Homeboy Foodtruck

catering

Homeboy Catering

carrot

Homegirl Grocery

sweater

Homeboy + Homegirl Merchandise

tshirt

Silkscreen + Embroidery

WHAT THEY DO

A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE
PARENTING:

Providing a trauma-informed therapeutic community setting, program participants are given a chance to focus on personal development while performing constructive work duties and building healthy relationships with co-workers – who may have been a rival gang member. Aside from providing work opportunities and training, they offer supportive programs as well.

Homeboy Industries - Homegirl Cafe
Homeboy Industries -  Homeboy Exterior of Headquarters
Homeboy Industries - Homeboy Diner Coffee

OPPORTUNITIES + PROGRAMS

  • Paid job training for men and women at one of the six Homeboy enterprises
  • Education
  • Therapy
  • Tattoo Removal
  • Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Legal Assistance
  • Job Placement Services
  • Case Management
  • Solar panel installation training and certificate program
Homeboy Industries - Homegirls, from the Cafe Line
Homeboy Industries - Making Pizza in the Bakery
Homeboy Industries- Tattoo Removal III

BEING A GLOBAL LEADER

Following their success, Homeboy Industries helped develop 46 similar programs in the United States (and several outside). Father Greg travels internationally by invitation from organizations and government agencies interested in replicating Homeboy Industries’s model.

homeboy father g

INCARCERATION FACTS VIA HOMEBOY

“DROPOUT EPICENTER”
OF THE NATION

2/3 will be re-arrested, up to 1/3 re-incarcerated within a few years after release.

A day in prison costs $79 on average; a day on probation costs $3.42.

44%

The rate of Black 9-12th high school student dropouts in 2009

36.1%

The rate of Hispanic/Latino 9-12th high school student dropouts in 2009

53%

 of adults in East LA who never completed high school

34%

of California’s poor live in Los Angeles

16%

The poverty rate in Los Angeles County

75%

of youth gang homicides in California occur in Los Angeles County

homeboy cooking
Homeboy Industries - Granola with a Homegirl

HOW YOU CAN HELP

DONATE + SHOP

There are many ways to help! Donations, volunteering, spreading the word, hiring from Homeboy, or simply purchasing goods or eating at a Homeboy establishment are always appreciated. Profits from products and yummy eats goes straight to their program.

Not in Los Angeles? That’s ok! Homeboy ships their products! Visit their online store for Homeboy Foods, Books & Media, and Merchandise & Apparel.

For further detailed information on donating and getting involved, please visit here.

Homeboy Industries - Bakery making bread copy
homeboy baked goods

GET IN TOUCH

Homeboy Industries
130 W. Bruno ST.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tel: (323) 526-1254
Fax: (323) 526-1257
info@homeboyindustries.org
http://www.homeboyindustries.org

FOLLOW HOMEBOY:  
HB IND. FOOD TRUCK:   
HOMEGIRL CAFE: 

(All photos courtesy of Homeboy Industries)

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