The Angels of LA

LA Jesuit outreach

Encounter visits the underside of Los Angeles, where former gang members have turned their backs on a life of crime and are finding a job and a sense of community through the Jesuit run Homeboy Industries.

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Director Fr Gregory Boyle describes the process as 'manufacturing hope.' Also, homeless people being fed and clothed by an interfaith organisation called HopeNet talk about surviving on $23 a month, and an Episcopalian who set up church in the park amongst poor Latino immigrants describes a people hungry for community development and spiritual nourishment.

Encounter: The Angels of LA; 1pm today on ABC Radio National, or available for podcast from www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/encounter/the-angels-of-la/5480528