Saturday, July 11, 2015

5 Ways to Support Homeboy Industries

130 West Bruno Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012.
Last Tuesday I had the pleasure of discovering Homeboy Industries while I was killing time before a Dodger Game. Homeboy Industries is a non profit establishment that offers former LA gang members and previously incarcerated men and women a second chance to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community. Through a therapeutic environment and belief that community trumps
gangs, Homeboy Industries has helped thousands of men and women to envision an exit ramp off the “freeway” of violence, addiction and incarceration. Homeboy Industries provides 
"trainees" with services including mental health, GED preparation and testing, substance abuse, domestic violence, tattoo removal and legal services while attending weekly classes on life skills, restaurant operations, and management in the café. Amazing isn't it! When I entered their establishment I was greeted with welcoming smiles and great customer service both in the bakery and gift shop. The pastries were excellent and best of all seeing young Latinos show pride in their work motivated me to share their message of hope and redemption.

I going to list five ways you can support Father Greg Boyle on his mission to save Latino lives.

  1. Visit Homeboy Bakery Come by they have an assortment of our fresh breads available for purchase. Or you can pick up a morning bagel, scone, pastry or croissant or an afternoon cookie, brownie, lemon bar or cupcake
  2. Eat at Homegirl Cafe Homegirl Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and Saturday brunch, featuring an innovative menu by founding Chef Pati Zarate, of contemporary Latina fare and fresh and baked goods from Homeboy Bakery.
  3. Shop Homeboy Merchandise Homeboy Silkscreen and Embroidery has a reputation for consistent, high-quality production of screen-printing and embroidery with outstanding customer service and turnaround times. Over the past 30 years, our staff has cultivated lasting relationships with thousands of satisfied individual customers, businesses, and organizations. We are also a fair-wage employer that adheres to proper procedures for disposal of chemicals used in our warehouse.
  4. Visit them at a Farmer's Market Follow the link to a listing of dates and locations around greater Los Angeles where you can buy fresh Homeboy & Homegirl bakery goods and merchandise all for a great cause.
  5. Dine at the Homeboy's Food Truck This gourmet food truck is at various locations throughout greater Los Angeles and is available for event catering.

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