Homeboy Industries

Founded in 1992 by a Jesuit priest, Father Gregory Boyle, in response to the civil unrest in Los Angeles and as a means of providing employment training for former gang members, Homeboy Industries has since grown to comprise seven businesses. These include a bakery, a silkscreen and embroidery enterprise, a café and catering enterprise, and a diner. All told, the enterprises, generate more than $5 million a year (roughly 25 percent of the nonprofit’s total operating budget) while providing employment to about 240-280 ex-offenders. This social enterprise offers an example of using the model to create jobs for the hard-to-employ, and offers a powerful illustration of how one initial enterprise can lead to a network of related social enterprises.

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