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Back on My Feet Baltimore was graced with the presence of researchers David Epstein and Kenzie Preston who spoke at an Orientation 2.0 that slightly differed from precedent.  Orientation 2.0 is designed to further educate our members, partners & constituents on how to approach and cope with the pervasive issues of addiction, substance abuse & recovery.  Past themes have centered on the personal struggle through recovery as told by teammates from diverse backgrounds.  Read more…

James moved to Indianapolis in April, 2009. Battling drugs and alcohol for the better part of his twenties, James wanted to move to Indianapolis to change his life.  He did not realize this move would be the start of a whole new life. James was in an unhealthy relationship for ten years. A couple of months after the move he was arrested and started his year long stint in prison because of his addiction problems.  James had never been in prison before and he never had a felony up until this point in his life. He was unsure of himself and where he would go when he got out.

A couple of months before his release, one of the guys he tutored in prison told him about a place called PROGRESS HOUSE.  Progress House is a recovery based living facility.  It then crossed his mind that he never addressed his addiction problem. When he was released from prison in July 2010, this started a new chapter in his life.  Because of the bed space being limited at Progress House upon his release from prison, he had to stay in the mission for several days not knowing what, when or how he would be able to survive.  Being willing to go to any length, he showed up daily to try to be admitted to Progress House.  Finally, he was admitted to the facility.

“It’s been a long, long road since July 2010; however I would not trade my today for anything in the world. With a few twenty-four hours of sobriety under my belt, I am much stronger, more confident and teachable today. Currently, I am the weekend House Supervisor at Progress House and a member of a phenomenal organization called Back on My Feet! This movement FOUND ME. I feel as though it’s empowering me to commit, to give of oneself, and provide necessary tools for daily living. BoMF is much bigger than any one of its members.  I feel that together WE make this very powerful!”

Amos Marshall speaks at the first Back on My Feet Boston Orientation 2.0, a forum in which issues of homelessness.

Drinking was a long partner in Amos Marshall losing “the best jobs” and fizzling a marriage.

Now he’s on the long road to recovery.

At Boston’s first Orientation 2.0, a forum to engage the community on the challenges and solutions of homelessness, Marshall spoke about his own path, which you can watch below.

Eric Fair in the Back on My Feet Philadelphia offices. Photo by Lauren F. Friedman.

Freelance journalist Lauren F. Friedman put together an important profile of Philadelphia St. John’s team member Eric Fair for the website of popular innovation magazine GOOD.

In the early hours of a recent Saturday morning, Eric Fair begins his 15-mile training run. A still-dark path that winds along the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia takes him further and further from his starting point on Race Street: Saint John’s Hospice, the homeless shelter where he lives.

Fair has been on and off of drugs and in and out of rehab, but now he runs with a goal in mind: the Philadelphia Marathon, his first.

“I think a lot about my past,” Fair says. “But that’s the most peaceful time that I have, when I’m running. I’m in another world.”

Fair began running last year with Back on My Feet, a nonprofit that uses regularly-scheduled team runs in five different cities to help homeless participants work toward self-sufficiency. Today, when Fair makes his final push down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, he will be one of more than 450 Back on My Feet members who have completed a race since the organization’s founding in Philadelphia in 2007. MORE

Read the rest of the piece here.

The city of Compton, Calif. is best known for gangster rap, gang violence and one of the highest crime rates in the United States.

It’s hard to imagine that a soft-spoken, compassionate person like Eric B. grew up in a city among warring Cripts and Bloods as well as amidst a rising crack epidemic.

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Sharing a story of homelessness can remind us of the humanity and tenuous balance of life. Sharing a story of overcoming the obstacles that come with addiction can embolden others to do the same.

Antonio LaBoy has a warmth that makes becoming friends easy.

“Antonio is one of those special people in this world who has the ability to make you smile and laugh and feel welcome and belonged the moment that you meet him,” wrote a volunteer and teammate of his from Ready Willing and Able in a letter of reference.

Below, read more about Antonio and hear from him, in four different videos.

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