father-boyle-homeboy-industries.jpgCatholic Father Greg Boyle started Homeboy Industries, a nationally recognized gang rehabilitation program during LA’s “decade of death”.

With people dying around him, Boyle was unable to keep his head down and stick to his parochial duties. He felt called to work with this “sub grouping of the poor,” and in 1988 started Jobs For a Future, a training program where former gang members could learn job skills and work ethic. It was the beginning of what would become Homeboy Industries, a five business, 400 staff-strong operation with a 10 million dollar annual budget located in downtown LA, including a bakery, cafe, maintenance and merchandising operations.

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