In 2016 I was generously presented with the opportunity to run the TCS New York Marathon thanks to Back on My Feet. BoMF is a non-profit organization aimed at helping those afflicted by homelessness gain back their independence and return to the lives they have lost.
Although I do not have the pleasure of running 26.2 miles through the streets of New York City this year, as the first weekend in November once again begins to approach, I have eagerly committed myself to helping BoMF meet their 2017 fundraising goal. Having helped fundraise in 2016 and getting to see and hear first-hand the positive and measurable impact the program has, it was an easy decision to commit to the BoMF team this year, regardless of my participation on race day.
I believe everyone can relate to the feeling of empowerment and self-confidence that comes with achieving their goals, no matter how large or small they may be. BoMF aims to take advantage of this idea by creating a transformative experience around those suffering from homelessness to help them realize their full potential through a generous support community, job training and structured running program. As an affliction, homelessness is more than just unemployment and not having a comforting place to rest your head at night. It's causes are often deeply rooted in mental illness, poor health or a lack of education and independence; issues of which shelters are not always capable of providing assistance for. Chances are, the homeless person you pass on the sidewalk or in the subway once lived a life very similar to our own.
Back on My Feet does not provide easy handouts; it requires accountability and discipline. This is why I am such an avid supporter of their cause as it take a significant mind-shift to make such a momentous impact. By calling on those in need to call upon themselves, BoMF uses weekly early-morning runs to build structure, restore confidence and take lives that have become stuck and get them moving again. Partnering with homeless shelters, half-way homes, rehab facilities and employment services, those who are selected to meet this commitment three times a week for 30 days are provided further support for employment, financial aid, housing and gaining back their lives. 80% of those who run with BoMF graduate to this Next Step.
As an avid runner, I hold in high regard the methodology in which BoMF helps those in need turn their lives around. I kindly ask that if you can relate in any way to the notion of personal achievement fueling further success, and if you agree that the greatest gift you can give someone is the power of self-belief, to please make a visit to the donation page below. If you know others who may relate to this ideology, please consider forwarding the donation page along to a friend or family member.
Over 60,000 people make use of homeless shelters in New York City, including over 15,000 families. Back on My Feet not only provides a way out of these shelters, but provides those without hope a way to rediscover the full potential of their lives.