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.
Life was pretty regular for me until I turned 12. In the sixth grade, I started realizing that my sexuality was something that made me different. My mother and aunt were very against me being a lesbian, so my way of dealing with these problems was to self-inflict pain. At age twelve I started cutting myself.
In eighth grade, I attempted suicide. I overdosed on Motrin. Of course I didn’t die. At age nineteen I decided to rebel. I was gang banging. I was completely untamable.
I had a very short criminal career because I was arrested fast. I went from never being in trouble to having 22 counts of robbery against me. My sentence ended up being five years with two strikes.
When I came home, I remembered hearing about Homeboy Industries. I started coming to classes. I attended Healing Circle, a class focused on transforming trauma instead of transmitting it.
Today, I look back and remember how it felt to walk through the doors at Homeboy. Homeboy is a place where it is ok to be myself —on parole, a tomboy, and scared. Homeboy Industries is a welcoming community.
I smile daily because I know Homeboy is truly a second chance organization founded with love. On my worst day there is not another place I would rather be than at Homeboy.