Homeboy Industries provides hope, training and support to formerly gang-involved and recently incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of the community. 100% of proceeds benefits Homeboy's comprehensive wraparound programs.
Homeboy Industries began when a concerned group of Angelenos, led by Jesuit Priest, Father Gregory Boyle. He asked a simple question: Can we improve the safety and health of our communities through jobs and education rather than through suppression and incarceration? We provide free programs and services to a population impacted by gang violence. We have learned that jobs, education and support services can indeed have a direct – and profound – impact on individuals, their families, and the overall health and public safety in our communities.
In 1992, after the Los Angeles riots, Homeboy's bakery opened in Boyle Heights. The first of Homeboy’s social enterprises, it started as a training ground for aspiring bakers. Supplying fresh breads, pastries and specialty goods to the walk-up counter at Homegirl Café, LA farmers markets and restaurants throughout Los Angeles, it is a place where former enemies bake bread side by side, learning the art and science of preparing breads, pastries, cakes and much more. As Father Greg says, "We don't hire homies to bake bread, we bake bread to hire homies."