Founded in 1988, Homeboy Industries aims to break the cycle of incarceration and violence by providing men and women who were formerly incarcerated or gang-involved with services and opportunities to re-enter mainstream society and become productive members of the Los Angeles community. Its wraparound services include education and workforce development, intensive case management, legal services, mental health, substance abuse support, tattoo removal, and domestic violence support. In addition to providing direct services, Homeboy Industries operates ten social enterprises that provide job training and employment opportunities for its clients. It works with over 250 trainees each year through its job training program and over 5,500 community members through its classes and other services.
Therapeutic Community and Social Enterprise Re-Entry Program (Core Program) provides paid on-the-job training in its social enterprises and comprehensive wraparound services to men and women, with the goal of breaking the cycle of unemployment, incarceration, and violence.