4,000+ walked, ran, stood and celebrated with Homeboy!
A morning-long festival celebrating the worth of every Angeleno and the work of Homeboy Industries on Saturday, October 18, 2014 drew more than 4,000 Angelenos and friends. They walked, ran and stood with former gang-members and previously incarcerated men and women changing their lives with the help of job training and wraparound services.
"Homeboy Industries stands against the idea that there might be lives out there that matter less than other lives," Father Greg Boyle, Founder and Executive Director of Homeboy Industries proclaimed into the bull horn. "Put more positively: Every Angeleno counts. And your being here this morning announces that with your feet."
Each year over 10,000 former gang members from across Los Angeles come through Homeboy Industriesâ€™ doors in an effort to make a positive change. They are welcomed into a community of mutuality, kinship and respect. And they receive a wide variety of services ranging from tattoo removal to anger management and parenting classes so they can move on from Homeboy Industries and become contributing members of the community - knowing they count.
After the run participants enjoyed the vendor area, musicians, food trucks, an incredible art display (which sold over 20 pieces to benefit Homeboy), kid's activities, a climbing wall and 1st District Councilmember, Gilbert A. Cedillo presented Homeboy with a Certificate of Congratulations on behalf of the City of Los Angeles.
Thanks to the dozens of volunteers who worked for months helping bring communities across L.A. as runners, entertainers, artists and spectators. Thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who helped pull off the day without a hitch. And thanks to thousands who counted themselves in on Saturday.