Homeboy Diner is the latest business venture of Homeboy Industries, a Los Angeles Jesuit-founded ministry that has helped thousands of gang members quit lives of crime with counseling, tattoo removal and job training.
Founded by Jesuit Father Greg Boyle during the height of the L.A.’s gang wars 23 years ago, Homeboy Industries’ businesses, which include a silk-screen shop, a bakery and an 86-seat restaurant, currently provide job opportunities and training for over 400 ex-gang members.
This summer, when Los Angeles’ City Hall was looking for a vendor to move into an unoccupied cafe space on the second floor, a new venture, Homeboy Diner, was born.
Ignatian News Network was there for the opening of the cafe with Fr. Boyle and the diner’s new staff.