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HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES aims to break the cycle of gang violence in Los Angeles by
offering services that heal and help.
They include but are not limited to
education, legal aid, tattoo removal,
What is Homeboy Industries?
counseling, substance abuse, and a variety
of social enterprises that offer jobs and
job-training to at-risk individuals.
“Homeboy Industries is the largest
and most successful gang intervention,
rehab, and reentry program in the world
and has become a model for other
organizations and cities,” accord-
ing to homeboyindustries.org. The
organization was founded in 1988 by
a group of concerned citizens led by
Father Greg Boyle, S.J.
When he was 9, his mother slit her
wrists and bled to death in front of
him, blaming him as she died. The
ensuing years did not get better, until
one day, as an adult, this child-vic-tim-turned-victimizer breaks down
in tears with Boyle.
The room is silent. No one
draws a breath. Perhaps the audience members are wondering about
the criminals they see on TV news
reports. Could it be that people who