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Choosing to Go Back to School

Choosing to stay in school could change your life: Domita’s Story “There is nothing more out there for you right now than school, this is your place,” is what Domita Brown, a graduate of HopeWorks adult education and personal and career development programs, wishes she could say to change the mind of her high school self. Domita became disinterested with school in her early high school years. Rather than focus on her schoolwork, she spent the majority of her time on the streets. She began doing drugs, and often skipped her classes entirely. On the rare event that she attended […]

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The impact of an involved father: a story of hope for this Father’s Day

Before joining the HopeWorks team, Antonio Owens was like many of our students. After being accepted, then rejected, by the Air Force in high school, he became angry and started using and selling drugs. He was incarcerated approximately 30 times before hitting his ultimate low point when his mother died of breast cancer in 2001. Luckily for Antonio, his children and their mother attended a church where HopeWorks held classes, and they brought him a brochure about the program. He was headed down a path toward absentee fatherhood, but Antonio says when the people at HopeWorks cared about him and […]

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A Morning of Hope 2016 with Gregory Boyle

  Join us for A Morning of Hope Breakfast 2016 with speaker Gregory Boyle, author of Tattoos on the Heart on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at Woodland Hills Event Center. Gregory Boyle has dedicated his life to the plight of men and women struggling for an identity amid civil unrest in Los Angeles, California. In 1992, with local help and years of preparation and planning, Boyle debuted Homeboy Industries. The organization offers formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated individuals the tools and resources necessary to live a life away from crime and gang violence and become productive and self-sustaining members of society. […]

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Prisons of Potential

What is grace? Grace is being given more than we deserve. If we don’t think we need grace, we wont be gracious. Incarcerated individuals really push the limits of our graciousness. We label them as people who have said “no” to God (meaning we are people who have said “Yes”—which is problematic, as stated). Grace is seeing all people—even those in prison—as people who might say yes—not as people who have said no. Listen to this sermon from Eric Gentry at Highland Church about being gracious to those we think don’t deserve it.

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