March 17, 2010 |
In my business, there are few sounds more ominous than that of a good friend's book landing on your desk. When that friend isn't a professional writer, the desire to run can be almost irresistible: "Your book? No, I never saw it. You know I've been in Costa Rica. Beautiful place, but I lost my sight to a rare tropical parasite." Father Greg Boyle, the Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries -- Los Angeles' most successful effort to fruitfully engage young men and women caught up in the gang life -- has been my friend for more than two decades.
January 28, 2014
Re "Homeboy Industries is a struggling success story," Column, Jan. 26 While Steve Lopez was interviewing the inimitable Father Gregory Boyle last Wednesday, two of his Homeboy Industries success stories were guiding 50 kids from Venice High School's POPS club around the premises, telling us the stories of their rebuilt lives. In two hours, our students - whose lives are touched by prison, with a parent or another loved one inside - were changed forever. The moment we stepped off the bus and the kids recognized rival gang members and saw them shaking hands, working side by side, their eyes, ears and hearts expanded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 6, 1995 |
If peace had a smell, then in Boyle Heights it was the sharp and pungent odor of jalapenos and Cheddar cheese that wafted out of the tiny, mural-emblazoned bakery on Gless Street. * But the odor has vanished and no one can be sure if it will return. Homeboy Bakery, the bold experiment that converted gang members to bakers, has closed again, a year after an ambitious and optimistic restart.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 4, 1995 |
If peace had a smell, then in Boyle Heights it was the sharp and pungent odor of jalapenos and Cheddar cheese that wafted out of the tiny, mural-emblazoned bakery on Gless Street. But the odor has vanished and no one can be sure if it will return. Homeboy Bakery, the bold experiment that converted gang members to bakers, has closed again, a year after an ambitious and optimistic restart.
August 8, 2011 |
Born into a family of gangbangers, Alicia Cadena grew up knowing only a life of crime. At 16, she left home and joined a gang in Bell Gardens. She engaged in theft, landed in jail for four months and then started selling drugs. After she lost custody of her three children, she decided to turn her life around. "I had been to different places — rehab centers and shelters," she said. Then a friend told her about Homeboy Industries, the gang intervention center run by Father Gregory Boyle.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 2003 |
At 24, Carlos Nieto's resume includes an armed robbery conviction, several stints in state prison for parole violations and a 12-year membership in the notorious Toonerville street gang. His job skills, which he acquired in prison, include the ability to make tattoo ink by melting down chess pieces and being able to fashion a spear capable of inflicting serious injury from a rolled up newspaper and syrup.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2005 |
The former gangbangers at Homeboy Industries were not quite sure what to expect Wednesday when First Lady Laura Bush paid them a call at their silk-screening business in a grimy warehouse district in downtown Los Angeles. Secret Service agents and the media swarmed the place as half a dozen young men screened logos onto bright yellow T-shirts. "It's crazy," said Archie Dominguez, 26, a merchandise manager. "Of all the programs out there, she's coming to Homeboy."
July 11, 2009 |
Were you thinking of having your car washed this weekend? Well, let the Prius or Bentley go dirty for another week and consider spending just $10 on a "virtual carwash," the proceeds of which will go to save the lives of some of our city's most imperiled young people. Car washes are an Eastside tradition. When someone falls on hard times -- loses a job, suffers an illness, needs to make a family member's bail or pay for an unexpected burial -- neighbors hold a car wash. Homeboy Industries, the internationally admired gang-intervention program founded by Father Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit priest, in Boyle Heights more than 20 years ago, is about as good a neighbor to all of L.A. as you're likely to find, and the unapologetic goal of this column is to convince you to go to its website -- www.homeboy-industries.
May 11, 2011 |
Lorenzo had a hard time concealing his nervousness. Standing in front of a large room packed with Boeing employees in late March, the tall, lanky African American gang member described the arc of his life. At 22, he had spent nearly a third of his life incarcerated. Peering out of his round, black-rimmed glasses, he talked about his seven months at Homeboy Industries (the largest gang reentry program in the country), and about how he had moved quickly from the janitorial team to become an assistant in the accounting department.
January 31, 2014 |
Yasiel Puig moved smoothly among the cooks and bakers of Homeboy Industries, purposefully gliding through the crowded kitchens as if taking that wide turn around first base. He autographed a worker's shirt sleeve directly above her tattoos, adding his own indelible ink. He pulled a plastic hair net over the eyes of another worker, laughing while posing for a photo. He used his giant hands to deftly dunk a roll into a bowl of freshly made guacamole while raving about its delights to two blushing young women.