Copyright © Back On My Feet

Description: Running to create a new road. Back on my Feet uses running to help homeless people alter their perception on life. The goal is change that results in employment and self-sustainability. The organization sees valuable lessons running can offer. One is not being able to cheat yourself. A runner cannot reach the 10th mile, unless he or she has finished the first 9. Furthermore, the hard work and dedication instilled in the 3 times a week practices help members improve their discipline, dedication, and self esteem.

How it began: A daily jog on a chilly May morning. Anne Mahlum, the founder of Back on My Feet, passed by several men dwelling outside the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission. For years, Mahlum had found how running helped her discover her own identity and what she loved.  Now, she wanted to show the rewards of running to these men. After calling the Mission and setting up a running online casino club there, she offered equipment to anyone interested in joining. The only requirement was a “Dedication contract”. From that day on, the organization has grown to help many others who were like the 9 initial members living at the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.

Its Success: 46% of the members in the program have moved on to either find employment, housing, or both.

Its Statistics:

  • 608 found housing
  • 894 got a job
  • 388 are residential members
  • 82% are proud of their physical health
  • 78% believe they will get a job
  • 94% have hope for the future


If you are interested and want to know more, visit: http://www.backonmyfeet.org/

Andrew Homeming