Every gift made to Homeboy Industries assists and helps to
provide hope for an individual seeking a second chance.
Tribute & Memorial gifts are an excellent way to remember a
loved one or to celebrate a special occasion in someone’s life.
Your gift will make a positive impact in the lives of many
formerly gang involved.
We are excited to announce that the eBay Foundation has donated $2,500 for job training and support services for women at Homeboy Industries; we are grateful to eBay’s Los Angeles GIVE Team and employee Corie Lahr, who nominated Homeboy.
At Homegirl Café, women learn key job skills in a safe, female-centric environment. This is especially important for women who have experienced domestic violence or lacked a voice in male-dominated gang culture. By working alongside other women, some of whom are from “enemy” gangs, Homegirl Café trainees begin to see each other as allies. Meanwhile, they learn all aspects of the food industry, working as bussers, servers, line cooks, and sous chefs.
Homeboy also offers several classes and support groups that focus on women’s issues: Narcotics Anonymous: Women to Women, Domestic Violence Intervention for Women, and Building Positive Relationships for Women (in partnership with Peace Over Violence).
These programs help break the cycle of violence and poverty, a process that former trainee and current Case Manager Natalie Venegas described this way: “I have struggles, but I also have a support network at Homeboy that I can reach out to. [My mother] didn’t have that. The little girl in me doesn’t always understand that, but the woman in me does. And with that understanding, I can forgive.”
Homeboy is happy to announce that The David & Linda Shaheen Foundation has made a $10,000 challenge grant to support our Pathways to College program. Many trainees who come to Homeboy never imagined that they would complete high school, let alone earn a college degree. But with hard work, academic support, and lots of encouragement from Academic Program Coordinator Brittany Morton, 45 trainees and 7 community clients have enrolled in college in 2014.
Brittany (standing behind the letter “T” in the picture above) leads field trips to local college campuses, and helps trainees prepare their applications and select classes. Thanks to a partnership with East Los Angeles College, Homeboy clients can even take a college class—Personal Development, which helps students set goals and prepare for college life—at Homeboy headquarters. ELAC has also offered Chicano Studies classes on site. By going to school with a cohort of peers, Homeboy clients also have the moral support they need to accomplish their goals.
A trainee named Alfonso recently reflected on how Homeboy has changed his identity: “I’d never brought a certificate home in my whole life, but now I’ve brought home two. I can see in my mom’s face how proud she is.”
Anyone interested in taking up the Shaheen Foundation's challenge and supporting Pathways to College is encouraged to contact Chief Development Officer Jacki Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homeboy Industries is looking for dedicated volunteers in our Educational Services department.
ADULT BASIC EDUCATION PROGRAM:
Credentialed Teachers, Retired Educators & GED Teachers: If you have teaching experience, and are available at least a few hours a week, we would love to meet you. We are in need of qualified educators to teach Adult Basic Education classes in Math and Language Arts to prepare our trainees to take the GED Test. Classes are twice weekly for 1-1.5 hours each subject. Availability: T/Th 9am-12pm.
Tutors: We are also searching for qualified individuals to tutor one-on-one with our trainees, to provide additional support in Math and Language Arts for those who need it. Availability: 1-hour sessions, various times of day.
Computer & Math Specialists: The 2014 GED Test is now computerized, and our trainees need to build familiarity with computerized test taking. Individuals who have experience with this would be helpful in mentoring our trainees. As well, we are looking for someone to facilitate a ‘Mathletics’ class, which is a web-based math learning program used throughout the country. This will help support and reinforce the curriculum presented in the prep classes. Availability: 1-4 hours weekly, various times of day.
Computer Instructors: We are in need of ongoing volunteers to teach weekly Intro to Computers classes (including Microsoft Office Suite) to our trainees, both basic and intermediate levels. Also, we can use volunteers to work one-on-one with trainees to help build skills and proficiency. Availability: 1-4 hours weekly, various times of day.
If you are interested in volunteering with Homeboy in the Educational Services Department and mentoring our trainees, these are some of the immediate areas we could really use your expertise. We do request a six-month commitment to create consistency and stability for our trainees, something often lacking in their lives. Please fill out our volunteer application. Thank you so much for your interest!
We are pleased to announce that the Reynolds Family Foundation has made a generous donation of $20,000 to Homeboy Industries. The foundation has helped support our core job training program for many years; without them, we wouldn’t have the opportunity to celebrate the monumental strides that our clients make every day at Homeboy—passing the GED, getting a driver’s license, or writing a moving poem on a nature retreat.
A trainee named Gilbert recently described his transformation this way: “I [used to think] gangs were the opposite of what they are—I thought they took care of each other. Two years into being in my gang, I realized we weren’t independent. Someone was always telling us what to do. Why should we go do a crime and get busted for someone else? And in my neighborhood, homies were always killing each other.” He wanted out, but he wasn’t sure how to turn his life around. “I had been on drugs for so many years. I didn’t know how to fill out a [job] application. I needed structure in my life.”
He came to Homeboy, where he has excelled in his classes and recently closed his case with the Department of Children and Family Services. “Now,” Gilbert says, “I see myself in a good place mentally and hopefully financially, and taking care of my son, showing him positive things and not going down the route I did.”
Los Angeles, CA (October 21, 2014) - Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the country, launched a campaign October 1st to raise $400,000 to upgrade and enhance its revolutionary tattoo removal program, which currently serves 3,000 former gang-members annually.
Houston-based laser manufacturer, Astanza, agreed to match the first $100,000 to help Homeboy purchase three new state-of-the-art tattoo removal machines, which will remove more ink with fewer treatments and target a larger skin surface. The campaign will also help Homeboy purchase skin-cooling machines to decrease clients’ pain associated with tattoo removal, and other equipment to help increase the organization’s tattoo removal bandwidth.
More than 365 donors have stepped up to contribute $85,000 in the last 21 days. Fully 98% of those donors gave through crowdfunding site IndieGogo. If Homeboy Industries can reach $100,000 by October 31, Astanza will release its match, taking the organization halfway to its campaign goal.
Many of the 10,000 former gang members and previously incarcerated men and women who come to Homeboy Industries each year are introduced to Homeboy through the tattoo removal program. Gang-related tattoos on the face, neck, hands and wrists are often the first of many hurdles to employment and dramatically affect how the world sees them.
“Homeboy’s tattoo removal program is a gateway to a better life through our many other programs,” states Thomas Vozzo, CEO of Homeboy Industries. “Those who arrive for ink removal generally end up staying and taking advantage of services such as life skills, anger management and parenting classes; legal referral program; job training and placement; support groups and education.”
“Our clients are done with the hate and bad decisions,” said Homeboy’s Medical Director, Dr. Paula Pearlman. “These brave people endure a long wait for an appointment and the new equipment will allow Homeboy’s staff of trained volunteer physicians to treat 50% more tattoo removal clients a year.”
Astanza’s President, Ryan N. Lambert, said “We are pleased to make a contribution of our cutting-edge Duality tattoo removal systems to this exceptional organization. Homeboy and its 40 volunteer physicians will be able to remove tattoos in significantly fewer treatments with easy-to-use technology that is chosen by leading tattoo removal clinics around the world.”
Founded over 26 years ago by Father Greg Boyle, Homeboy Industries has become a key community-based organization in Los Angeles. Each year more than 10,000 former gang members and previously incarcerated men and women are welcomed into a community that works to help them get their lives back on track. Based on a community of love, hope, kinship, and compassion, Homeboy Industries offers a wide variety of services ranging from tattoo removal and legal aid to anger management and parenting classes. During the course of a year up to 300 men and women participate in an 18-month job training program that helps them re-identify who they are in the world so they can move on to become contributing members of our communities.
For more information on Homeboy Industries please visit: http://www.homeboyindustries.org.
For more information on Astanza Laser, please visit: www.astanzalaser.com.
Open House - Saturday, November 1st 5:30-7:30
130 W. Bruno Street - Los Angeles, CA 90012
Drop by Homeboy Headquarters to sample and pre-order holiday delectables from tamales and granola to cookies and Homegirl’s special coffee brew.
This year only, taste a 2010 Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay produced by Speratus Winery.Order as a gift and 100% of the proceeds benefit Homeboy Industries.
AND, enjoy a reprise of the EVERY ANGELENO COUNTS ART SHOW & SALE that made its debut on October 18th as part of this year's 5K Run. Proceeds from sales benefit Homeboy Industries.
Tasting fee is $15 and can be applied to your purchase or pre-order of gifts!
Please click here to register.
Saturday, November 1st beginning at 6:30 p.m.
It’s a new tradition! Seasonal family style dinner at the Homegirl Café topped off by Transformation Stories from men and women working through Homeboy Industries’ program.
The evening begins with light bites, libations and a wine auction. Attire is casual, but bring your credit card.
Attire is casual. Space is limited. Tickets are $75. Be prepared to be wowed by the company, the food, and the amazing work that goes on at Homeboy Industries.
Please click here to register.
Homeboy Industries and Children’s Institute, Inc. present our 2nd Community Roundtable
"The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children"
Tuesday, September 23rd
Children's Institute, Inc. (Otis Booth Campus)
2121 Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026
Friday, June 13th
7th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference
Westin LAX Hotel
5400 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045
I’ve attached the conference brochure and below is the link to the registration website:
Join us on May 29th for Transformation Stories Live in the intimate setting of Homegirl Café. Celebrate the lives of the men and women who courageously choose the path of transformation every day at Homeboy Industries as we gather together to hear their stories.
2014 Homeboy Hero Jose Rodriguez and Homeboy trainees will share their stories. The program will be preceded by food and cocktails catered by Homegirl Café.
The event is $12 per person. Proceeds support Homeboy Industries.
When: Thursday, May 29; reception at 5:30, hourlong program at 6 p.m.
Where: Homegirl Café, 130 Bruno St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Please RSVP here: https://homeboyind.wufoo.com/forms/rsvp-for-transformation-stories-live/
“PLACAS: THE MOST DANGEROUS TATTOO” Paul S. Flores & San Francisco International Arts Festival present “Healing from Violence” A Conversation with Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries and Jerry Tello of National Compadres Network & National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute Friday, April 4th, 2014. 5:30pm-7:00pm (updated times), FREE at Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC) 514 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013 You are invited to attend this special conversation with community leaders working on local, national and international levels who will be discussing the topic of “Healing from Violence.”
On Thursday, March 20, 2014, in collaboration with Homeboy Industries, Children's Institute, Inc. will hold a one-day community roundtable to discuss several of the issues related to helping individuals successfully reintegrate into society after incarceration. We hope you'll join us! Click on the image for more information.
Please join us Saturday, December 14 at 4 p.m. for a special holiday edition of our ongoing Transformation Stories events. Experience inspiring stories of kinship and courage from Homeboy trainees, enjoy tamales from Homegirl Cafe and enter the raffle to win a gorgeous gingerbread house from Homeboy Bakery! From the margins to finding the Homeboy community, Homeboy trainees will share their experiences, revealing how while working at Homeboy their lives have been changed and how community trumps gang.
Learn how you can become a sustaining member of the Homeboy Industries community during the holidays and beyond, through our monthly giving program, Tattoos on the Heart.
This afternoon of kinship will feature tamales, as well as other light bites and aguas frescas from Homegirl Café.
Transformation Stories Saturday, December 14th, 2013 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (light bites at 4, program at 4:30) Homegirl Cafe 130 West Bruno Street Los Angeles, California 90012 Come on down. Please bring a friend. Admission by donation.
Presented by Tattoos on the Heart, Homeboy Industries’ new monthly giving program.
Easy monthly giving funds major monthly transformations.
FIGHTING SHADOWS by RICHARD CABRAL, with ROBERT EGAN This is a passionate and poignant one man show celebrating the power of human transformation and redemption. The play is filled with story, poetry, music and love. Raised by a single mother in East Los Angeles, Richard fell victim to the self-destructive cycle that he and his family were born into -- gangs and drug addiction, and a life of crime that began in his early teens. By the age of 14, Richard was incarcerated. By 20 he was accused of shooting a rival gang member and fought a 35-year-to-life sentence. Through his art as actor and storyteller and his relationship with Homeboy Industries, Richard would turn his former life of pain into a thing of beauty. Richard now helps others who still struggle with the violent lives they were born into -- to see the light as he did. This one man show is his story. Richard Cabral is a professional actor who grew up in the gang world of East Los Angeles. He was recently awarded Homeboy Industries “Homeboy Hero Award” given to the former gang member who has moved on, 'graduated" from the Homeboy program, someone who has most profoundly transformed his/her life. Richard has been in five feature films, numerous television shows and now this, his first major theatre piece. His most recent movie appearance was in the Ridley Scott film, THE COUNSELOR. Robert Egan is a professional director, dramaturge and producer. He was the Producing Artistic Director of the Mark Taper Forum for 20 seasons and presently is the Artistic Director/Producer of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Robert has worked with Homeboy Industries for over a decade and was one of the original creators of the Lo Maximo Award ceremony. Suggested $10 donation at the door. Tickets are free. RSVP REQUIRED Performance at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90013
Join us this Saturday for the 4th annual Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk at Los Angeles State Historic Park!
Early packet pick-up is at Homegirl Café on Friday, the night before the race, from 3-7 p.m.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
6-7:30 a.m. - On-site registration and packet pick-up
8 a.m. - Race time
The Homeboy Marketplace will be open until 11 a.m. with food and fun for everyone!
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA
On-site registration will be $45.00/adults, $20.00/kids $40.00/team members. We will accept cash, credit cards & checks.
-Donate to support Team Homeboy as our homeboys and homegirls run alongside case managers, employment services counselors and volunteer teachers. We'll all say thanks!
The Los Angeles Paralegal Association is holding a wine tasting on August 22. Proceeds from the event will go to support job training and the free services and programs offered at Homeboy Industries. Homeboy speakers will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions. Learn more and register at www.lapa.org.
Smothers Theater, Pepperdine University
June 23rd, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Tickets are on sale NOW!
Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smothers Theater box office, over the phone at (310) 506-4522, or online at http://pepperdinearts.ticketforce.com/.
VIP Tickets @ $250 include a private post-performance dessert reception with the artists and Father Greg Boyle
Additional tickets are $75 and $45.
Proceeds support job training and wraparound services for formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women at Homeboy Industries. Call (323) 526-1254 x312 with questions. In addition to regular reserved seating tickets, a select number of VIP packages will be available, which will include premium seating within the first three rows, a limited-edition commemorative concert poster, and a meet-and-greet opportunity with Kristofferson, John Flynn, and Homeboy Industries founder Fr. Gregory Boyle after the show.
Thanks to audience support, "G-DOG" has been held over once again through May 19th at Laemmle theaters in Pasadena and Claremont. Saturday, May 18th - 11am // Sunday, May 19th - 11am. Thanks for spreading the word to your friends and family!
* Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
* Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. 2nd St., Claremont, CA 91711
Check out the trailer: G-DOG Trailer
Purchase tickets: Online Tickets
If you missed the SoCal theatrical debut of "G-DOG" last week, you're in luck!! Due to popular demand, "G-DOG", the new documentary about Homeboy and Father Greg, has been extended through this weekend at Laemmle theaters in Santa Monica, North Hollywood, Pasadena and Claremont. Saturday, May 4th - 11am // Sunday, May 5th - 11am.
Join Academy Award-winner, Freida Lee Mock, for a special Q&A following the screening of "G-DOG" in Santa Monica.
Join Homeboy staff for Q&A's following the screenings in NoHo, Pasadena and Claremont.
* Laemmle Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
* Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
* Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
* Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. 2nd St., Claremont, CA 91711
Check out the trailer: G-DOG Trailer
Purchase tickets: Online Tickets
Get your copy today from the Homeboy Industries Merchandise Store and Online.
CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THE DVD NOW
G-Dog is a story about second chances - about the charismatic visionary Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest who rescues kids from gangs by launching the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program, Homeboy Industries, now an international model. "Must See Film..." - Huffington Post "Inspirational" - LA Times "Amazing Film" - Film Talk, KPCC "Riveting…Brilliantly Told" - Latino Weekly Review
Please swing by and support the Homeboy booth at the upcoming LA Times Festival of Books!!! Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st. We'll be near the cooking stage and food trucks in the Blue Zone on Cromwell Field at USC - Booth #2081. Father Greg will be signing his NY Times best-seller, Tattoos on the Heart, and Homegirl Cafe Chef Pati Zarate will sign her beautiful, brand-new cookbook, Hungry for Life. Father Greg will be available: Saturday, 10-11am/4:30-6pm & Sunday, 12-5pm. Chef Pati will be available all throughout each day. We look forward to seeing you there!! Free and open to the public. For more info, go to the event website at: http://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/
The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is thrilled to present the documentary "G-Dog", by Academy Award-winner Freida Lee Mock, as the first event of the 2013 NVFF K-12 Education & Outreach Program. After a well-received screening at last November's festival, the NVFF wants to continue sharing this important story with the community. Homeboy staffers and "G-Dog" co-stars, Hector Verdugo and Fabian Debora, will attend the screenings and discussions. Please join them at one of the following shows: Tuesday, April 16th, 5:30-8pm - Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School Auditorium. Wednesday, April 17th, 5:30-9pm - Napa District Auditorium. Thursday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30pm - American Canyon High School Auditorium. Possible additional screening in Calistoga TBA. Admission is free for students with ID, and $5 for adults. Tickets sold at door. More info at: http://napavalleyfilmfest.org/2013/gdog-edu/
The 37th Cleveland International Film Festival will screen the new documentary, "G-Dog", for two nights. One of its stars, Homeboy Substance Abuse Counselor and resident artist, Fabian Debora, will be in attendance, along with Academy Award-winner, Freida Lee Mock. Two screenings: Friday, April 5th, 7:10pm. Saturday, April 6th, 4:40pm. Tower City Cinemas, Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron Road, Cleveland, OH 44113. For more info, go to: http://www.clevelandfilm.org/films/2013/g-dog.
For those Homeboy supporters who live Down Under, please go support the Closing Night screening of "G-Dog", the new doco about Homeboy Industries and Father Greg, by Academy Award winner Freida Mock. Homeboy staffers, and "G-Dog" stars, Louis Perez and Fabian Debora, will be there to welcome you with big, open arms! Please stop by to say g'day and lend your support. Tuesday, March 5th. 6pm. Big Picture Film Festival, Event Cinemas, Sydney, Australia. Tickets required. More info at: http://www.thebigpicture.org.au/wordpress/?event=g-dog-closing-night-film-plus-supper-package
Saturday, December 15, 2012
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Los Angeles State Historic Park
Join us for a great morning in the park to support Homeboy Industries!
- Registration & check-in open at 6:00am
- Come early for breakfast and shopping in the Homeboy Marketplace
- Race begins at 8am
- Stay late for post-race lunch, shopping, entertainment and community booths
What you can do now:
- Sign up to run!
- Spread the word!
- Put together a team!
- Become a corporate sponsor!
- Donate to support Team Homeboy as our homeboys and homegirls run along side case managers, employment services counselors and volunteer teachers. We'll all say thanks!
- $40 Adults
- $20 Children
- $30 Groups (10 or more registrants)
Each registrant will receive an exclusive 2012 Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk t-shirt, along with a goodie bag and a certificate for free Angela's Potion in the Homegirl Cafe or Homeboy Bakery.
Meet Homeboy Industries' Associate Executive Director, Hector Verdugo, and Director of Re-Entry Services, Shirley Torres, cast members in the new documentary G-Dog, a film by Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock at a VIP reception and benefit screening. Saturday, October 13th. 7pm. Sun Valley Opera House, Sun Valley, ID. Tickets required. http://www.sunvalleyonline.com/2012/10/02/g-dog-sun-valley-film-premiere
Bring a picnic or grab dinner at the Homeboy Marketplace, rock out to your favorite Oingo Boingo songs with Johnny Vatos Boingo Dance Party (featuring former members of Oingo Boingo) and then, after the sun goes down, watch an advance screening of “G-DOG”, the new documentary from Academy Award ® Winning filmmaker, Freida Lee Mock. The film follows Father Greg Boyle and the men and women of Homeboy Industries as they faced the financial crisis that almost closed their doors forever.
Gates @ 6:00pm / Band @ 7:30pm / Movie @ 8:30pm
General Admission is $40 (advance)/$45 (regular), VIP is $150 (advance)/$155 (regular). To purchase tickets, please CLICK HERE or call 323.461.3673
"G-Dog", the new film by Academy Award winning film maker, Freida Lee Mock, will be screening at this year's LA Film Fest on Father's Day (Sunday, June 17, 2012) at 4:20pm at the Regal Cinemas at Regal Cinemas LA Live. Tickets are free, but space is limited. For more information about the LA Film Fest, and to reserve your tickets, go here. The documentary, which features Father Greg, Hector Verdugo, Louis Perez, Shayna Welcher, Brian Moon and Kyle Shoaf, chronicles life at Homeboy Industries during the economic crisis that almost forced it to close its doors. For more information about the film, visit their website at www.gdogthemovie.com.
The Los Angeles Unified School District has taken away most funding for Adult Education within the district. Adult Education is vital for the members of this community as it is an affordable source of quality education and vocational training. Please join Father Gregory Boyle and Homeboy Industries as we open our doors to the public and invite our community's leaders to candidly discuss this impacting issue. Friday, June 8 @ 4pm Homeboy Industries Headquarters 130 West Bruno Street Los Angeles, CA 90012