Watch 5:45 A.M. Running Transform Homelessness Into Financial Literacy and Employment
Homelessness is often the fruit of adversity, not the root. It tends to be the aftermath of a more severe, underlying cause, whether it's an internal condition like mental illness or an external event like a catastrophic family event or job loss. However it besets, homelessness is often just one chapter in a longer story of hardship and brokenness, and if it finally happens, it can capsize a person's mental and physical capacities to the brink of hopelessness. To rebuild and heal a person's inner motivation and drive, simplistic solutions like free money, meals, and shelter are rarely enough to break a cycle of self-destructive behavior and thinking.
With a unique model, Back on My Feet demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead. BOMF's process starts with a commitment to run three early mornings a week for 30 days. Running makes a person mentally and physically stronger. BOMF's members run with others in a community, encouraging each other to press on and overcome hurdles. If a member makes it to phase three, they receive employment and housing options, including financial literacy classes and job skills training.
It's incredible—because of Back on My Feet, over 400 homeless people have run a marathon! But that's not even the best part. Over 70 percent of members move their lives forward with education, jobs and/or moving into homes. Once graduating the program, 83 percent of members maintain employment. After six months, 44 percent receive a wage increase and 21 percent achieve a promotion. Oh, and by the way, the mile tracker for all members is about to pass 800,000 total miles!