The new bakery, Boyle says, will add 41 jobs for gang members trying to turn around their lives. Homeboy Industries operates five businesses -- silk-screening and embroidery, merchandising, graffiti removal, maintenance and the bakery -- that have employed 500 youths since opening in 1992. Its parent organization, Jobs For A Future, offers services ranging from job placement to counseling.
"This is what a community of faith is all about: putting a welcome mat out to those others find easy to despise," said Boyle, whose critics say he "coddles" gang members.
Despite the energy displayed this week, Boyle says he has pared back his normally frenetic speaking schedule and cut out virtually all of his night visits to juvenile hall and other places. On Monday, he is scheduled to start more chemotherapy, which earlier prompted painful allergic reactions.
But Boyle finds humor in his circumstances. The day the disease was diagnosed, he went home and told Father Michael Kennedy -- his housemate, fellow Jesuit and Dolores Mission's current pastor -- the doctor's warning: "Prepare yourself for the most harrowing time of your life."