Even a brisk and windy morning couldn’t damper the enthusiasm of Back on My Feet Chicago this past Friday! On a morning much colder and darker than the average person might prefer, our Back on My Feet teams found smiles in every step and new friendship in our miles. Teammates from all four Chicago teams gathered together to celebrate the revamped Uptown team and to have a morning together as BoMF family. Despite shivers at first, everyone left the run warmed up and warm at heart!
Our new Uptown team, formerly made up of Residential members from the North Side Housing facility, now also welcomes teammates from the shelter around the corner, Sarah’s Circle. This all-women’s facility is thrilled to partner with Back on My Feet, and three women make up our first batch of eager participants. With a particularly strong and enthusiastic group of NonResidential teammates by their side, the new women—all trying running for the first time—already feel so much support and encouragement.
Friday was incredible because it gave our new members a chance to meet the whole Back on My Feet family, and it reminded old members of why our BoMF family is so special. While riding home from the run, a longtime Lawson House teammate said, “There’s just no other group like us. Nowhere else where you can be this happy, find all this positivity, feel this energy.”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves… and we are excited to share these sentiments as we welcome the women from Sarah’s Circle into our Back on My Feet circle.