In 2008, Kendra Brown found Homeboy Industries and began the journey towards healing from past incarceration. Through tapping into available resources, she rediscovered her lifelong desire to be of service to others. Now, Kendra works at Homeless Outreach Program Integrated Care System (HOPICS), where she helps people in her community find long-term housing resources. We are pleased to honor her as our Homegirl Hero.
After growing up in gang life, Santiago Sanchez eventually met Father Greg as a volunteer in a juvenile hall. In 1999, he came to Homeboy Industries and helped lay the foundation for our innovative 18-month program. Santiago has since started the Homeboy Fitness Group, where he volunteers helping clients find healing through fitness. For his long-standing commitment to our community we honor Santiago as this year’s Homeboy Hero.
CONGRESSWOMAN LUCILLE ROYBAL-ALLARD
HOMEBOY KINSHIP AWARD
Since beginning her congressional career in 1992, Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard has been a dedicated advocate for the well-being of her Los Angeles constituents. Her commitment to securing federal funds for social justice initiatives has vastly improved the lives of our community and is why we honor Congresswoman Roybal-Allard with the Kinship Award.
Judge Peter Espinoza (Retired)
Homeboy Community AwarD
Peter Espinoza is a retired Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court, where he served for 25 years, including 2 years as the Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division. In 2016, he was appointed Director of the Office of Diversion and Reentry. We honor Peter Espinoza with the Community Award for his diligence in administering justice with compassion during his judicial career.