Executive Director, Homeboy IndustriesJesuit priest who is Executive Director of Jobs for a Future/Homeboy Industries, an employment referral center for at-risk youth in Boyle Heights, a suburb of Los Angeles, California
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Homeboy Industries Face Financial Turmoil Father Gregory Boyle’s Homeboy Industries is an LA institution celebrated for 20 years for saving the lives of gang members. Its slogan is, “Nothing Stops a Bullet Like a Job.” But last week, the Jesuit priest had to lay off more than 300 employees—at a store, a bakery and the Homegirl Café.
The 20th Anniversary of Homeboy Industries This year is the 20th for Homeboy Industries , founded by Father Gregory Boyle, the former pastor of the Dolores Mission parish. Boyle has developed the nonprofit organization into a $10 million institution whose mission -- "jobs not jail" provides free services ranging from education, job training and placement to legal services, mental health and transition counseling, twelve-step programs and tattoo removal. Boyle has just released his first book, Tattoos on the Heart : the Power of Boundless Compassion.
Homeboy Industries Out of Cash Homeboy Industries has won international acclaim as by offering jobs, counseling and schooling to rehabilitate gang members for the past 21 years. Roman Catholic Father Greg Boyle has faced gunfire to stop gun violence and get sworn enemies to work together. But now he says he's been losing sleep for another reason -- money.
Homeboy Industries Faces Cuts in Funding Homeboy Industries employs 8000 young men and women who are former members of gangs all over Los Angeles County. Created by Jesuit Father Gregory Boyle 20 years ago, Homeboy is now a nondenominational nonprofit that runs a bakery and café as well as solar energy and landscaping projects. It makes money, but not enough to be self-sustaining and now some of its funding sources are drying up, as we hear from Father Boyle.
There’s a New Gang Czar In Town A recent report called Los Angeles “the gang capitol of the world,” and recommended a single city official to coordinate twenty-three different programs that cost eighty-two million dollars a year. Today, Mayor Villaraigosa named the evangelical minister Jeff Carr as LA’s first “gang czar.” For seventeen years, Rev. Carr ran the Bresee Foundation , a faith-based community services group in Los Angeles. More recently, he managed a staff of fifty for Sojourners/Call to Renewal in Washington, DC.
The Trump agenda: where's the beef? President Trump says big things are happening. After celebrating a House bill on health care, he doesn’t yet have Senate agreement. With James Comey’s public testimony scheduled tomorrow, the President today tweeted his selection of a new FBI Director. Is the Chief Executive all style and no substance? Later, terror attacks in Iran and conflicting claims about who’s behind them.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?