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On today’s episode, Steve chats with Father Greg Boyle, the priest that started Homeboy Industries. Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention rehab re-entry program in the US. Here is some background on the man that didn’t give up.

  • Father Greg started in the poorest parish with the highest gang concentration
  • There were a total of 8 different gangs at war with one another
  • He buried 226 kids in his first few years
  • Even with all of that, he never thought about leaving the parish or the neighborhood, he chose to stay and help

So how do you get a bunch of gang members to listen and work with you? According to Father Greg, you start by doing the listening.

  • By listening to someone you are allowing yourself to be reached, and in being reachable you begin to build a foundation
  • The mission was never about telling the gang members what to do or how to do it, the message was about the individuals and hope
  • Instead of telling them what to do, they held up a mirror to them and built them up so they would inhabit the truth and do it for themselves
  • It’s about context and transformation rather than content and information - context brings about healing and a sense of community, content simply gives the guidelines and rules
  • The biggest way Father Greg made an impact with the gang members was by letting him know he was there and he cared about them
  • You are the boss of you - do things when you are ready
  • Women work things out face to face, Men work things out shoulder to shoulder

Father Greg quotes Mother Teresa in the episode, stating that we are called to be faithful not to be successful. Through staying faithful to an approach and methodology he believed in, Father Greg was able to help many people help themselves.

 

To learn more about Homeboy Industries please visit: https://www.homeboyindustries.org/

Homeboy Industries is a $20 million per year endeavor. Half of that is raised through the enterprising of the company, the rest comes from donations.

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