Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Those Darn Jesuits . . .

Jesuit Father Greg Boyle is founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, an organization that gets Los Angeles gang members off the streets and into jobs. In April, Laura Bush made Homeboy Industries her first stop in her efforts to address gang violence in America. That's Greg standing next to the First Lady in the top photo.

From the LA Times: "This is huge because it's the first gang intervention program she's ever visited," said Father Gregory Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries (motto: "Nothing stops a bullet like a job"). Boyle, who sat with Bush in a tiny conference room of the organization's silk-screen plant in a grimy warehouse district at 8th Street and Santa Fe Avenue, introduced the first lady to Alex Zamudio, a 31-year-old father of three with a fourth on the way. Zamudio, who lost an eye at 13 when he was shot in the face, is working toward a professional baker certificate at L.A. Trade Technical College. His chef's garb prompted Bush to laugh when Boyle told her, "He's got checkered pants, not just a checkered past."


Anonymous Omis said...

Homeboy Industries is one of the reasons I want to be a Jesuit.

5:15 PM  
Blogger mamagiglio said...

Mark, You should post about HopeWorks in Camden, NJ next.

God bless!

4:40 PM  

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