Harry and Meghan Lend A Hand At Homeboy Industries' Gang Rehab Facility in L.A.
Wanting to get involved in the community, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently paid a visit to a social justice organization in Los Angeles! Find out what they did there!
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are continuing to help out those in need in the Los Angeles community! As Entertainment Tonight reports, the couple visited Homeboy Industries, an organization that's dedicated to bettering the lives of people who were formerly incarcerated or previously involved in gangs.
Homeboy Industries offers many important services, including counseling, education, legal assistance, addiction recovery support, tattoo removal, job training, and opportunities for employment directly through its 10 social enterprises. During their visit, Harry and Meghan had the chance to experience two of those enterprises— Homeboy Bakery and Homegirl Café.
Harry and Meghan joined "Homies" to prepare food in Bakery and Café
Harry and Meghan worked together with the "Homies," as those in Homeboy Industries' programs are called, to prepare food for the #FeedHOPE program. The program employs Homeboy participants in helping provide meals to youth and seniors struggling with food insecurity because of the coronavirus.
As Entertainment Tonight reveals, Meghan has known the head of the organization, Father Greg Boyle, since she was in high school. She and her mother, Doria Ragland, even took a cooking workshop with him 20 years ago, and Meghan still remembers the tamale recipe she learned back then!
Harry and Meghan were "down to earth and kind" during their visit
Harry and Meghan's visit was well-received by those at Homeboy Industries. "The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were just 'Harry and Meghan' to the homies," Father Greg shared with Entertainment Tonight. "They rolled up their sleeves and deeply engaged with our workers in the Bakery and Café. It was immediate kinship and heartening in its mutuality."
Homegirl Café manager Mariana called the experience "remarkable," mentioning how "down to earth and kind" Harry and Meghan were. "The staff was honored they took the time to see us, hear us and walk on our journey today," she said. "We will never forget it."
As Entertainment Tonight mentions, Homeboy Industries shared photos from the couple's visit on Instagram, showing Harry and Meghan wearing masks while working alongside "Homies" in the kitchen. "Thank you to Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for visiting and standing in kinship with our Café and Bakery teams yesterday," they said in the caption.
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Thank you to Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for visiting and standing in kinship with our Café and Bakery teams yesterday! Our staff was thrilled to work alongside them as they helped prepare food and learned more about our newly launched #FeedHOPE program, which employs our program participants to provide meals to food-insecure seniors and youth across Los Angeles in the wake of the #COVID19 pandemic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For 32 years, Homeboy Industries has stood as a beacon of hope in Los Angeles to brave men and women seeking to transform their lives after gang-involvement and incarceration. Each year, we provide support to nearly 9,000 individuals through job training and free services such as tattoo removal, mental health services, GED classes, legal services, and more. Above all, we provide space for our clients to heal from intergenerational cycles of violence in a community of radical compassion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you'd like to help provide second chances to brave men and women and their families, visit our website and stand with us at the link in our bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Credit: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.