Back on My Feet (BoMF) combats homelessness
through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and
Back on My Feet seeks to
revolutionize the way our society approaches homelessness. Our unique running-based
model demonstrates that if you first
restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped
to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes, and new lives. For all in
need, we aim to provide: practical training and employment resources for
achieving independence; an environment that promotes accountability; and a community
that offers compassion and hope. For all
with the capacity to serve—volunteers, donors, community and corporate
partners—we seek to engage you in the profound experience of empowering individuals
to achieve what once seemed impossible through the seemingly simple act of
putting one foot in front of the other.
Operating in 11 major cities
coast-to-coast, Back on My Feet uses running and community to motivate and
support individuals every step of the way from homelessness to independence.
Our success is measured not only by the health impact of miles run, but also by
how many individuals obtain education, employment, and housing.
Back on My Feet recruits members
at facilities for people transitioning out of homelessness, recovering from substance abuse, and/or transitioning out of incarceration around the country and begins with a commitment
to run three days a week in the early morning.
After 30 days in the program, members with 90% attendance earn the
opportunity to move into the second phase of the program called Next Steps,
which provides educational support, job training programs, employment
partnership referrals, and housing resources. You can read more about our impact here.
The NYC chapter currently has five teams in Times Square, Uptown, Brooklyn, Bowery North, and Alphabet City. When joining our ranks, our members commit to running Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:30 to 6:30AM or 5:45 to 6:45AM.
Back on My Feet is extremely collaborative with homeless service agencies as well as running and corporate communities. BoMF is grateful for support from so many individuals, races, foundations and corporations - including Accenture, TD Bank, Bimbo Bakeries USA, Marriot, New York Road Runners and Bombas.