Homeboy Industries began when a concerned group of Angelenos, led by Father Gregory Boyle, asked a simple question: “Can we improve the health and safety of our community through jobs and education rather than through suppression and incarceration?” The answer was yes.
In 1988, members of the Dolores Mission Church and Father Greg found a few caring business owners willing to hire former gang members and “Jobs For A Future” was created. Seeking a way out of gang life, 70 young people started work.
In 1992, Hollywood producer Ray Stark donated enough money to turn an abandoned warehouse into a bakery and the first social enterprise, Homeboy Bakery, was born. Two months later, Homeboy Tortilleria opened in Downtown Los Angeles. Hands that once pointed guns now pressed and shaped dough every morning.