Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Volunteered to Help Former Gang Members
The Markle family and the Homeboy Industries organization go way back.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle prepped meals today with Homeboy Industries, proving that even though they had to postpone the launch of their nonprofit, Archewell, they're still finding time to do good. Today, the Sussexes paid a visit to Homeboy's café and bakery, where they wore masks as they helped volunteers serve up good eats for vulnerable people. The organization works to better the lives of individuals who are formerly incarcerated and those involved with gangs.
Homeboy Industries is run by Father Greg Boyle and there's a connection to Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland. The two met over two decades ago when Meghan was attending Immaculate Heart High School: Doria and Meghan attended one of Boyle's cooking workshops. Through various initiatives, Homeboy offers social services such as "counseling, education, legal assistance, addiction recovery support, tattoo removal, job training, and employment opportunities."
"The Duke and Duchess connect deeply to Homeboy's mission to welcome all people into a community of mutual kinship and love, focused on healing and contributing to the wellbeing of families and communities," a source close to Meghan and Harry told Town & Country. "To them, Homeboy is a perfect example of how empathy, kindness, and compassion can change the world."
Things appeared to be very low-key at today's event. Boyle explained that Harry and Meghan didn't get any special treatment and that everyone loved having them around.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were just 'Harry and Meghan' to the homies. They rolled up their sleeves and deeply engaged with our workers in the Bakery and Café. It was immediate kinship and heartening in its mutuality," Father Boyle said in a statement.
You can learn more about Homeboy Industries and donate to their cause via their website.