When Will the Punishment End?

Homeboy Industries/Homegirl Café is considered this country’s largest gang intervention program.

Established in 1988 as “Jobs for a Future,” a Proyecto Pastoral program at Dolores Mission (east of downtown Los Angeles) under the direction of Father Gregory Boyle, Homeboy Industries has since grown into a formidable nonprofit economic development enterprise.  Homeboy Industries hires, at any given time, 250 to 300 formerly incarcerated and at-risk youth through its various businesses: Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Café & Catering, Homeboy Maintenance, Homeboy Merchandise, Homeboy Press and Homeboy Silkscreen & Embroidery. In addition, Homeboy/Girl runs a diner at Los Angeles City Hall Building, a stall at LAX and numerous farmer’s market booths throughout the Los Angeles area. Select Homegirl/boy products are also sold in various grocery retailers, such as Ralphs and Food 4 Less. Services for the youth provided at Homeboy Industries include tattoo removal, job training, employment, re-entry, mental health and legal services along with numerous classes, workshops and training sessions.

You stand with the folks on the margins because you hope

that the margins themselves have been erased…

so that the city and the community and employers will say,

‘Oh, alright. Ok, I will hire somebody. I will look beyond

her tattoos and bring her on’…You hope for that kind of

understanding and compassion on the part of the larger

community.