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Homegirl Café

What's Good In Your Hood
Sweet justice and nourishing love: find out why LA's Homegirl Café is beloved locally and world famous.
Show transcript
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Dude.
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Second chance has ever taste so good man.
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It tastes like deliciousness, mixed with social justice
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and forgiveness.
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I just bang.
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Welcome to What's good in your hood today.
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We're here at home Grow Cafe, a division of homeboy industries
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where people come for two reasons, great food and second chances
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home grown cafe is a fantastic place to enjoy brunch in the
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oldest part of town.
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Delicious food, great coffee.
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Really at first sight.
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It's just a regular coffee shop.
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But then you realize all the people serving you are rehabilitating
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game and this cafe is just the tip of the iceberg.
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I'm told there's plenty more magic backstage in the bakery
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So let's check that out.
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This is homeboy industries where the needy come to need a place
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where compassion smells like warm cookies.
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I didn't have no skills.
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You know what I'm saying?
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So everything I wanted to do, home boys taught me, you know
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what I'm saying?
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And I wasn't looked at as a bad person, right?
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You know what I'm saying?
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No matter on my criminal history or nothing, they opened up
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their arms and it was like, come on in, we got you you ain't no
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bad person and me coming back, that's the most important thing
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in my life, man.
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I love it.
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Stories like this have made Homeboy a household name in L A
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Visitors drop by to admire this unique business model and
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find inspiration in these former criminals who chose to straighten
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their lives.
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But beyond his success with the public, homeboy's biggest
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triumph is with these unlikely bakers.
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Yeah.
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So tell me what does working here at Homeboy mean to you.
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Um It's giving me an opportunity to get a job because I couldn't
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get hired nowhere else.
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Um I just got out of prison three months ago.
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Oh, there you go.
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That's what's up.
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It's been hard because nobody wants to hire their right.
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When it came, everybody made me feel comfortable and they
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gave me an opportunity.
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You're learning a skill, but you're also fixing yourself
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inside.
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However, the big good is only a small part of this amazing enterprise
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among other things.
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Home industries also offers classes and a free tattoo removal
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service to help these former gang members become a part of
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society again.
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I worked at doing fraud all my life.
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So that's the way I supported myself.
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I'm 42 years old now.
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So this is the first job that I've ever actually had.
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You know, I had to uh try to get custody of my kids back.
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I came to them, did an outpatient program and I got hired here
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and So I'm learning a lot about myself, the skills that I'm
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obtaining the qualities that I never even thought I had.
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You know what I mean?
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So, um, this is, this has been a blessing for me here.
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I just got my son back.
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Congratulations.
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That's amazing.
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This is what it's all about right here, man.
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Good food by good people who are getting a second chance at
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life.
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We're talking about homeboy industries, their mission jobs
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not jails.
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These guys might look intimidating, but this was the sweetest
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bakery I've ever been to.
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And that's what's good in your welcome to home boys where you
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never get lonely.
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We just rolling and we're doing our thing.
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We ain't said tripping and we no longer gang bang.
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We just kick it and go to class like it's cool telling all the
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little homies you better stay in school.
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Thank you for watching.
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Don't forget to tell us what's good in your hood.
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In the comments below.