Target: Jacob Albert, Associate Director of Employment at Homebody Industries
Goal: Support Homeboy Industries, an innovative company, in its work to help former gang members create new lives.
Homeboy Industries is a cafe and bakery that does something that most businesses, as a matter of custom, refrain from doing: it hires former gang members. When gang members are prosecuted in criminal courts (as many are), whatever wrong they may have committed is recorded on their criminal record. Given the challenging state of the economy, it is difficult enough for anyone to get a job, let alone someone with a tarnished criminal record. Sign this petition to support Homeboy Industries for making it a point to employ former gang members and create a sustainable difference – both for the people they hire and for society at large.
The mantra that appears on every Homeboy product is “Jobs, not Jail.” It couldn’t be truer. When former gang members are not able to find work, they are much more likely to relapse into gang lifestyles in order to get by. The problem is that gang members cannot hide their past. If they committed a felony, they may be required to admit it to employers. This makes it very difficult to get a job and turn over a new leaf. Homeboy Industries changes all this by providing jobs and essential skills to former gang members, helping them to clean up their records and lifestyles. Sign this petition to support Homeboy Industries’ fight against gang recidivism.
Dear Mr. Albert,
Homeboy Industries is an incredible organization that helps gang members in a unique and innovative way. It goes beyond providing social services. It provides them with enduring skills that enable them to seek gainful employment and change their current state of affairs. Homeboy’s programs do this in several ways. The tattoo removal program frees former gang members of their symbolic ties to gangs, while the mental health services help them to overcome some of the psychological scars that come with the territory of gang membership.
In addition, Homeboy also provides legal services to former gang members so that they can expunge their records, clear warrants, and resolve child custody issues. There are even educational certification programs that empower former gang members to move forward towards a better life. The work that Homeboy Industries does is essential to the society at large. While a day in prison costs the state an average of $79, probation costs are $3.42 a day. Homeboy’s efforts to prevent gang recidivism not only benefit the former gang members themselves, but also the governments that watch over them. Thank you for all that you have contributed.
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