For more than 20 years, Father Greg Boyle has been executive director of what is now recognized as the largest gang intervention program in the country: Homebody Industries. Founded as an extension of his work as pastor of Dolores Mission in Boyle Heights (no relation), Homeboy provides at-risk youth and former gang members with real job experience and positive communities. In 1992, Fr. Greg turned his Jobs for a Future program into the Homeboy Bakery. Now there is Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy Maintenance, Homeboy/Homegirl Merchandise and the excellent Homegirl Café. The man has been on the frontlines of gang intervention since before there was such a thing. And now he has done what anyone with 20+ years’ worth of stories would do: write a book—Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. An apt title, and a great chance to hear from one of L.A.’s most tireless and effective do-gooders. Don’t miss out.
Father Greg Boyle Discusses & Signs Tattoos on the Heart
Friday, March 12, 7 p.m.
695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
Free to attend; the book is $25
626.449.5320 or vromansbookstore.com