Imagine this scenario: You grew up in a rough neighborhood, fell in with the wrong crowd, joined a gang, committed a crime and ended up serving time for it. You’re then paroled and let out into the world. What’s your next move?
If you’ve been incarcerated, your chances of going back to jail are extremely high. In Los Angeles, Homeboy Industries is fighting to change that awful reality.
INTRODUCING the Homeboy Fire Crew! The newest program developed at Homeboy Industries to provide leadership, confidence and job training to men and women devoted to creating a different path for themselves and their families. Four months ago 60 Trainees signed up to be on the fire crew. Now we’re down to a brave group of 15 men and women who have stepped up as leaders to prepare for a life of serving our communities. And guess what? This year, YOU can run alongside this amazing group at the Homeboy 5K & Festival on October 22nd! Simply CLICK the link in the bio and sign up to run on Team Homeboy Fire Crew. Also, if you raise $100 or more, you’ll receive a custom Team Fire Crew race shirt! Over the coming weeks we'll introduce you to members of the Homeboy Fire Crew and you'll learn more about this innovative training program. In the meantime, Sign up TODAY to join the team! You can be in any shape. Some will run, some will walk but we ALL will cross the finish line. Together. #Homeboy5K #Transformation #Firefighter #LosAngeles #dtla
The nonprofit, based in east L.A., helps former gang members who’ve gone to prison turn their lives around by providing them job training and support.
Jose Arellano always loved school and showed academic promise when he was a child but like many Homeboy trainees, his childhood was disrupted by an unstable home life. After experiencing many ups and down througout his twenties, Jose knew he wanted to make a change. He heard about Homeboy Industries and initially came in to get a job. But soon he experienced a phenomenon that Homeboy founder, Fr. Greg Boyle, describes as the “awakening to the truth of who he was.” Jose was not a gang member at heart. Homeboy’s classes and therapeutic services allowed him to access this other side of himself. #jobsnotjails #transformation #HomeboyIndustries #love #hope
Their motto? Jobs not jails.
Homeboy Industries was founded by Father Greg Boyle in 1988, who as priest of the Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, witnessed the height of gang violence firsthand.
Breaking generational gang involvement, addiction, family violence, and abandonment starts with the children. Here at Homeboy Industries, we provide parenting and Project Fatherhood classes as an opportunity for men and women to learn what it means to love and nurture their children. Many of the people who get into gangs do so as a means to escape unhealthy and dysfunctional families. The gang, in essence becomes a surrogate, or “adopted” family. When men and women walk through the doors of Homeboy Industries, they are exposed to a very different environment. It is an accepting, non-judgmental, and nurturing environment that is rooted in the work of Father Greg Boyle, who is not just a “Father” as a priest but a father to our community. #HomeboyIndustries #jobsnotjails #Fatherhood #Love #Education
Father Boyle thought the best way to solve the gang problem in his community was by helping gang members earn a paycheck. As a result, he launched a small jobs program through his parish.
Since then, that jobs program has grown to include helping former gang members earn their G.E.D. and providing legal and mental wellness services.
Homeboy Industries estimates that they help about 10,000 people a year. Among the people that have been helped by Homeboy Industries is Emmy-nominated Richard Cabral.
Cabral was a former gang member who spent time in jail for almost killing a dude. After he left prison, Cabral went to Homeboy Industries. While going through the program, Homeboy Industries connected Cabral to a casting agency, which helped him get auditions.
Oh, and did we mention their bakery?
I mean, look at those cookies. Not only are they so mouth-watering, they’re helping change someone’s life for the better.
Homeboy Industries believes that every life has value and purpose. To celebrate that, they’re having their annual 5k run and festival this weekend.
We reached 1,000 registrants! Have YOU signed up yet? Join us on October 22nd at the Homeboy 5K & Festival for a full day of fun, kid’s activities, local art exhibition, food fair and fun run. Every registration helps Homeboy Industries to continue providing a safe and engaging space for people to change their lives. Join us and Register today! #Homeboy5K #5K #fun #cause #exploreLA #LosAngeles #dtla
If you live in L.A., stop by! You can feel good about yourself for supporting such a worthwhile cause. Even better, you can get you some tasty AF treats from their bakery.
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