Back on My Feet (non-profit organization)
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|Motto||Transforming Lives One Mile At A Time|
|Formation||July 3, 2007|
|Legal status||501(c)3 Non Profit Organization|
|Atlanta, GA, Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD , Boston, MA, Chicago, IL , Dallas, TX Indianapolis, IN, Los Angeles, New York City, NY, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, San Francisco, CA (November 2016)|
Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national non-profit organization focused on helping homeless people gain independence, living skills, and connect them with essential community resources. The organization's name, and its initial program for members, are focused primarily on physical exercise, specifically early morning runs.
The organization was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States in 2007 and as of March 2016 has chapters in 11 US cities, with a 12th launching in San Francisco, CA in late 2016. Back on My Feet is privately funded and its 2016 operating budget is $6.5 million.
Back on My Feet started at 5 a.m. in late June 2007. Every morning, founder and avid runner Anne Mahlum waved hello and ran past a group of homeless men. In a few weeks, Mahlum decided to contact Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, the homeless shelter where these men were living, and ask Executive Director Richard McMillen if she could invite the men to join her on her runs. He agreed, and the first run took place on Wednesday, July 3, 2007 with a group of nine individuals ages 28–57, who were hoping to move their lives forward both physically and spiritually through running.
Program and impact
The Back on My Feet program begins with recruitment at homeless and residential facilities in those 11 cities, where the members commit to run 3 times a week, early in the morning. Following 30 days, if a member has achieved 90% attendance, they move on to "Next Steps".
In Next Steps, members work with BoMF program staff to develop a personal road map to independence. Each member attends financial literacy classes and job skills training provided through partnerships with its corporate partners. Members can earn financial assistance to remove barriers to employment and housing such as work supplies, transportation and security deposits. Members who achieve employment and housing become alumni members. Within six months of becoming a Back on My Feet alumnus, 90% of members maintain their employment, 60% receive a wage increase and 20% achieve a promotion.
- USA Today. "Running program gets homeless residents on track emotionally, physically" http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-07-21-homelessrunners_N.htm
- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Back-on-My-Feet/107732092609943 Official Facebook
- http://www.youtube.com/user/BackonMyFeetNational Official YouTube