January 17, 2017

Pfaffinger Foundation Fuels Transformation at Homeboy Industries

Homeboy Industries is grateful for a $20,000 grant from the Pfaffinger Foundation, which will help us start 2017 on a strong note. Homeboy’s 18-month Job Training program provides hundreds of formerly gang involved and previously incarcerated men and women with the structure and encouragement they need to turn their lives around.

People like Anthony have broken a cycle of gang involvement that goes back generations: “Every dude my mom knew was a gangbanger—my grandad, my pops, my stepdad. Those were my role models,” Anthony recalled recently. “I thought I knew myself, but I didn’t. I started learning that I was more of an asset to my neighborhood than they were to me. Today I’m still growing and learning and reading books…. The family you were born into is your biological family, but you have a spiritual family too. I look at myself now as a humble giant.”