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Meet The Priest And Program Who Helped Richard Cabral go From Gang Member To Emmy Nominee

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.

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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

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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.


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

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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.

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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.

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.

Make your day more colorful! Stop at Homegirl Café today and check out our delicious Rainbow Bread. #HomegirlCafe #EEEEATS #SnackTime

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For more information about the event, you can click here.


READ: This Ex-Gang Member Used To Run The Streets Of L.A., Now He’s An Emmy-Nominated Actor

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Young Boy In Los Angeles Turns Entrepreneur To Help Mother During Ongoing Pandemic

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Young Boy In Los Angeles Turns Entrepreneur To Help Mother During Ongoing Pandemic

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Covid-19 has forced families to figure out the best way to make enough to take care of things. Some have had to find new jobs after being laid off and having to make up enough to save their families. A young boy in Los Angeles is doing that to help his mom makes ends meet.

Meet Aaron and his garden.

The young boy and his mother were on their last $12 when he had an idea of creating a business. According to a GoFundMe account, the young boy convinced his undocumented mother to start a business selling plants to help them make it through the pandemic.

Aaron’s Garden was the business he and his mom created to make some money.

“Aaron and mom have been struggling from being homeless to shelters and bouncing from house to house and now live in a shed,” reads a GoFundMe account. “He came out with the idea of selling plants and starting a business in his yard to be a provider and buy his own hot Cheetos with cheese without having to ask his mom for money.”

Aaron advertises his plants and when you can buy them on his Instagram.

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The LA entrepreneur is creating a lot of buzz with people celebrating his efforts. People in the U.S. are struggling as the additional $600 in unemployment has disappeared and a second Covid-19 stimulus is stuck in Congress. Aaron’s plant selling is helping his family during one of the most difficult times in modern U.S. history.

Way to go, Aaron.

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We are all so proud to see you doing your best to make it through this time. Check his Instagram to see what he has and when and where he is selling the plants. Keep going, mijo!

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Series Of Earthquakes Shake LA And People Still Act Surprised

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Series Of Earthquakes Shake LA And People Still Act Surprised

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If there is one thing that everyone knows about Southern California is that you should expect earthquakes. They are as unique and predictable to Southern California as hurricanes in Florida. Yet, three earthquakes this morning shook Southern California to some surprise.

2020 has been one crazy year and for Angelenos, July ended with a bang.

Three earthquakes, one being a 4.2 centered in Pacoima, shook Southern California. The first earthquake occurred at 4:30 a.m. local time. the epicenter is 23 miles north of downtown LA. The quake woke up people in the greater Los Angeles area with a jolt and sustained rocking.

Some people are trying to get all philosophical with it.

Sure, we aren’t necessary on the planet. One can even argue that we are the biggest threat to the earth’s integrity. However, the earth shaking beneath your feet is one of the most unnerving sensations. Let people panic in peace.

Some people were ready to physically fight the earthquake.

When dealing with an earthquake, it is important not to run. You want to stay in place and find a way to hunker down. Study tables are a good place to hide under during an earthquake, according to the National Safety Council. If that is not available, a good, sturdy doorframe is the second-best place to hunker down.

Others managed to sleep right through them.

There is a special class of people who are never awakened by earthquakes. The sleep is so deep that not even the earth moving wakes them up. Those are the kinds of people you want on your side. Nerves of steel.

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The 1994 Northridge earthquake is something no one will ever forget. The 6.7 magnitude earthquake was devastating and those who lived through it will never forget it. While this earthquake hasn’t caused immediate damage, it is a reminder to always be ready for the big one.

READ: Mexico Was Rattled By A Massive Earthquake And This Is What It Was Like In The Country’s Capital

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