Dr Sonny Lara is the Founder, Executive Director of the Firehouse Community Development Corporation. For the past 25 years he has been recognized as a Gang Expert by city and state officials, as well as receiving a host of awards, letters of support and has received media coverage for his endeavors in the community.


The Firehouse is a part of the City of San Jose, Mayor’s Gang Task Force. Providing gang intervention, crisis response and leadership to at risk youth. Firehouse provides many benefits to the community including decreased crime, homicide, graffiti and vandalism. Under the leadership of Dr Sonny Lara the Firehouse has succeeded in transitioning individuals and families into the mainstream as contributing members of society.

Dr Sonny Lara created the Rude Awakening Program that was featured on the Maury Povich Show.

Firehouse Community Development Corporation proudly announces Dr. Louis Sonny Lara,  Awarded by Kayiwa International University on August 12, 2013 with The Honorary Degree of Doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities.