Friday, September 23, 2016

Back on My Feet: Running to End Homelessness

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September 23, 2016

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Back on My Feet: Running to End Homelessness

He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.

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Back on My Feet: Running to End Homelessness

Running has been known to alleviate a host of society's woes -- childhood obesity, stress, drug addiction. . . and now we can add homelessness to the list. Not through a 5K fundraiser as one might think, but through a program that actually empowers homeless people to run. Since 2007, Back on My Feet has been providing homeless people the opportunity to experience the many benefits of running by giving them new gear and organizing early-morning running groups. The goal is to restore their confidence, strength, and self-esteem. Runners sign a dedication contract vowing they will run a certain number of days a week. Should they stick with the program they receive classes in financial literacy and job skills and further support. This piece tells the inspirational story of Kevin Gonzales, a Back on My Feet member who took his running to the next level by setting an even higher goal for himself -- the New York City Marathon -- and found hope along the way. { read more }

Be The Change

Veteran runners: think back to when you first started running and become inspired to help someone start. Non-runners: try signing a dedication contract of your own and commit to running a certain number of days per week. To learn more about the Back on My Feet program, click below. { more }

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