I had the opportunity to see love in action last week while visiting Homeboy Industries in downtown L.A.
Homeboy Industries is a youth program founded in 1992 by Father Greg Boyle. This is their mission statement:
Homeboy Industries provides hope, training and support to formerly gang-related and recently incarcerated men and women, allowing them to redirect their lives and become contributing members of our community.It was such a beautiful thing to see an organization help so many people. We got to tour through the offices and get a glimpse of the many services they offer, such as counseling, job training, drug rehabilitation, life skills and tattoo removal to name a few. It was amazeballs. We also got to have lunch at Homegirl Cafe, which is a division of Homeboy Industries. I've always wanted to visit this place that I've heard and read so much about. And you know how much I love me some cholas. And food. Heh.
|Downtown L.A is as picturesque as usual.|
|Homeboy Industries had a bustling office space.|
|There was lots of amazing art on the walls. This collage piece featured an extensive collection of Loteria cards and Homies.|
|Our tour guide was very endearing and honest as he shared his background of gangs and drugs with us. Happy to hear he is one year sober and touring around the country, telling people about Homeboy Industries.|
|While touring the room where they remove gang tattoos (for free!), I couldn't help but notice this ice chest with the Spanish slang, "Ya Stuvo Tattoo Removal".|
|Jeshua from Boifromipanema took the day off from dance class to join me. Anything for a trip to L.A. and some yummy food thrown in.|
|I was so excited to finally visit Homegirl Cafe!|
|It was lunch time so it was pretty busy.|
|To start off, we had a delicious cucumber, pineapple and lime juice. Soooo good! Oh, and heyyy baby's butt cleav.|
|My brother ordered a Yuyu sandwich with a bowl of posole and it had mushrooms in it. Yum.|
|Oh em gee this was the most delicious sandwich I ever had--a grilled chile relleno sandwich. It was freaking genius.|
|My date for the afternoon, chilling by all of the amazing art on the walls. He was waiting for me to stop talking so he could stuff his face.|
|Pear jam for Pearmama. Heh.|
|Couldn't leave without sampling some of their delicious desserts, too.|
If you are ever in downtown L.A, please make time to visit Homeboy Industries and Homegirl Cafe. They are within walking distance from Union Station and all of the Metro lines, too.
Much love and thanks to Xenia from Raised by Culture for organizing this tour for us.
Image source: All images from my Instagram feed and Boifromipanema