HERE is putting your money where your mouth is! HOMEBOY INDUSTRIES is an amazing faith-based group here in Los Angeles which has started businesses with mostly gang members who wanted WORK, not to FIGHT.
From the linked article:
Homeboy Industries traces its roots back to 1988 when in an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth, Fr. Greg and many community members developed positive alternatives, including establishing an elementary school, a day care program and finding legitimate employment for young people.
In 1992, as a response to the civil unrest in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg launched the first social enterprise business, Homeboy Bakery. The mission of Homeboys’s model of social enterprises, to create an environment that provides training, work experience, and above all, the opportunity for rival gang members to work side by side. The success of the Bakery created the groundwork for additional social enterrpise businesses. Today Homeboy Industries’ nonprofit economic development enterprises include Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Silkscreen & Embroidery, Homeboy/Homegirl Merchandise, Homegirl Café & Catering, Homeboy Farmers Market, and Homeboy Diner at Los Angeles City Hall.
Father Greg Boyle says “The best thing to stop a bullet is a job.” I think that’s true.
I urge you to open the link and take a quick look…they’re working, they’re innovating, they’re running businesses, making money..they may be now men and women of faith….and they are OUT OF THE GANG.
May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us-yes, establish the work of our hands.
Second Thessalonians 3:10-12 “For even when we were with you, we would give you this command: If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat. For we hear that some among you walk in idleness, not busy at work, but busybodies. Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living.”
God Bless Father Boyle and his pals!
THE PROMISED JOKE: A minister’s driving along and gets stopped by a cop. The cop says “what are you drinking out of that bottle?” The minister says “Water.” The cop sniffs the bottle and says “That smells like wine to me.” The minister says “What do you know! Jesus did it AGAIN!” 🙂
And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mom! xxxxx