The Duke and Duchess of Sussex dropped in to Homeboy Industries this week, the organization revealed in a series of photos posted to Instagram. The pictures show the couple in a group portrait with staff and volunteers, and feature shots of them making pastry and putting meals together. Everyone is wearing masks. They were taking part in the #FeedHOPE program, which helps provide nutritious meals to seniors and youth in Los Angeles who are food insecure during the coronavirus pandemic.
"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 told Town & Country. "To them, Homeboy is a perfect example of how empathy, kindness, and compassion can change the world."
Homeboy Industries helps those who have spent time in prison or who are looking to leave gangs and organized crime. It also offers counselling, education, legal assistance, addiction recovery support and more. It is run by Father Greg Boyle, who worked with Immaculate Heart, Meghan's former Los Angeles high school.
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Thank you to Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for visiting and standing in kinship with our Café and Bakery teams yesterday! Our staff was thrilled to work alongside them as they helped prepare food and learned more about our newly launched #FeedHOPE program, which employs our program participants to provide meals to food-insecure seniors and youth across Los Angeles in the wake of the #COVID19 pandemic. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For 32 years, Homeboy Industries has stood as a beacon of hope in Los Angeles to brave men and women seeking to transform their lives after gang-involvement and incarceration. Each year, we provide support to nearly 9,000 individuals through job training and free services such as tattoo removal, mental health services, GED classes, legal services, and more. Above all, we provide space for our clients to heal from intergenerational cycles of violence in a community of radical compassion. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ If you’d like to help provide second chances to brave men and women and their families, visit our website and stand with us at the link in our bio. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Credit: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex.
"The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were just 'Harry and Meghan' to the homies," Greg said in a statement. "They rolled up their sleeves and deeply engaged with our workers in the Bakery and Cafe. It was immediate kinship and heartening in its mutuality."
"It was remarkable to share our Feed Hope program with Harry and Meghan today," Mariana Enriquez, the Homegirl Cafe's manager, said in a statement. "They are both down to earth and kind. The staff was honoured they took time to see us, hear us and walk on our journey today. We will never forget it."
Earlier on June 24, it was revealed the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had signed with Harry Walker Agency to handle their speaking arrangements. The firm's clients include Barack and Michelle Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.
The Los Angeles Times reports Harry and Meghan are set to focus on key causes that are very important to them, such as racial justice and equality, the rights of women and girls, mental health and the environment and conservation.
Harry and Meghan have also been working on launching their non-profit, Archewell, though a report emerged earlier this month that they were postponing doing so for the time being. The Telegraph stated the couple do not plan to make any "public announcements" about the organization "for the foreseeable future" and will not engage in any "official Archewell projects until next year."
Earlier this month, a story also emerged saying the couple had been meeting with community representatives and organizers in light of the Black Lives Matter protests and other racial justice demonstrations that have been taking place after the death of George Floyd. Meghan also addressed the deaths of George, Breonna Taylor and many other Black Americans "whose names we don't know" during a video speech to the graduating class at her former high school, Immaculate Heart, in Los Angeles.
"You are going to have empathy for those who don't see the world through the same lens that you do, because as diverse and vibrant and open-minded as I know that the teachings of the Immaculate Heart are, I know that you know that Black Lives Matter," she said in the clip.