Homeboy Has a Big Heart

By Erin Epstein

Homeboy 5KHomeboy Industries, the gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program hosts its fifth annual 5K run/walk and community event Oct. 18 in Downtown L.A. The event, called “Every Angeleno Counts,” raises funds for Homeboy programs that help formerly gang-affiliated and previously incarcerated men and women transform their lives.

Jesuit Priest, Father Greg Boyle founded the nonprofit 25 years ago, in response to the gang violence he witnessed in his Boyle Heights parish. Every year, more than 10,000 people are welcomed into the Homeboy community. With a variety of services such as tattoo removal, legal aid to anger management and parenting classes, Homeboy Industries helps these men and women redirect their lives. After an 18-month program that includes job training and placement, men and women leave Homeboy as contributing members of society.

“We’re recognizing every Los Angeles resident,” says Thomas Vozzo, Homeboy CEO. “We believe every Angeleno counts, including the thousands of homeboys and homegirls who come through our doors every year and serve as shining examples of what’s achievable through commitment, direction, and the power of purpose.”

This year, more than 5,000 participants from across L.A. will venture through the streets surrounding Homeboy Headquarters in the neighborhood adjacent to Chinatown. The event begins at 8am with pre-run yoga and art demonstration. On-route entertainment features Taiko Drummers, L.A.’s Derby Dolls and more. Post-run activities include an “Every Angeleno Counts” art show with works from local artists, rappers, DJs, dancers and the brand new Homeboy Food Truck.

For more information on sponsorship and donor opportunities for Homeboy Industries “Every Angeleno Counts” 5k Run/Walk, or to sign up to participate, please visit: http://www.homeboyindustries.org/5k

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