This will be my third time running a race with Back on My Feet, but my first marathon ever in my life. I was introduced to this organization two years ago and have been inspired to run and raise money ever since. Every $1 that is invested in Back ony My Feet returns $2.50 to the community through increased economic activity and cost saving. Here's some info:
Who is Served:
Back on My Feet members are individuals currently experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless. To join the program, members must be referred by one of our facility or referral partners. Members range in age from 18 to over 65. 35% of our members are veterans. 53% are African American, 31% Caucasian and 14% Hispanic. Some members have a college education, while others are working on their GED.
Back on My Feet recruits members at homeless and residential facilities 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. Over 80% of individuals who start our program move into the Next Steps phase. 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 our 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.
By choosing to fundraise for Back on My Feet NYC you are helping raise critical awareness and funds to make a difference in the lives of our members. Back on My Feet helps individuals experiencing homelessness transform their lives through running. While you're training, our BoMF NYC members will be training for the marathon alongside you. And together, mile by mile, we can make a difference.
Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources.