Father Greg Boyle's Los Angeles parish in the 1980's was an area of extremely high gang activity with hundreds of gang related homicides every year. Homeboy Industries developed to give hope and jobs to young people drawn to gangs as a means of escaping something even more horrendous in their lives. When Homeboy Industries could not find enough felony-friendly businesses to hire former gang members, they started their own. Along with jobs they provide educational supports and most recently, through a collaboration with a volunteer art instructor, a therapeutic community which fosters hope out of despair. Through Exit Wounds, an art exhibit comprised of collages using blossoms and bullet holes, artists depict what they have left behind.


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  • chris

    You can feel the aliveness coming through even videos about Homeboy Industries' work; I just love this project and the people who're part of it. Hope to get to visit in person someday.

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  • Learn more about the inspiring work of Homeboy Industries.
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