Homegirl Cafe & Catering serves groups of up to 1,000 people with modern Mexican cuisine
For the past 25 years, Homeboy Industries has been helping at-risk, previously incarcerated men and women improve their lives through real and practical job training. In some cases the non-profit creates lasting employment, such as its catering service and Homegirl Café in West Los Angeles.
Staffed by graduates of the group’s 18-month job training program, Homegirl Café offers a menu of modern Mexican cuisine utilizing fresh, local ingredients. Its catering service can handle groups up to 1,000 people anywhere in the greater Los Angeles area.
Jayro Sandoval, director of catering, said the greatest gift for working at Homeboy Industries is empowering people with job skills. Each staff member represents a success story. The café also has a training certificate program.
“What they are seeing is our mission in action,” he said.
Along with servicing guests at their own location, Homegirl Café is available for hosting on-site private events.
“The best part about it is we’re able to train someone and teach them something they would never imagine they would be doing,” Sandoval said. “And it empowers them to go out and carry themselves in a professional manner.”