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April showers haven’t stopped these Members from running and improving their lives one step at a time! Their endurance and perseverance is down right inspiring.

jasonsmith Jason Smith, Non-Residential Members, Dallas LIFE
“I love being a part of Back on my Feet for a lot of reasons. The diverse stories across all members is refreshing. The confidence building, hope and determination is motivating. It’s a truly heart touching organization. I’m so proud and grateful to be a Member.”
BOMF(Dallas_Chapter)green Albert, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Albert joined the Dallas LIFE Back on My Feet family about a month ago and has been committed ever since!  He has maintained high attendance while participating in the nine month program at Dallas LIFE.  Albert has brought honesty and positivity to the team!
melissawaters Melissa Waters, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“I started running only about four years ago. Once I developed this running habit and ran a race or two, I realized that there are very few things in life that can make you feel more encouraged, positive, and confident than reaching running goals. I feel that being able to run is a gift from God that I never knew was there. Now that I know, I want to share it! I love Back on My Feet because I get to do that very thing. Everyone needs some encouragement at some point in life. BoMF is a great way to encourage others and help them develop the confidence to get back on their feet. And It’s fun!”
BOMF(Dallas_Chapter)green Katherine, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Katherine is going three months strong as a dedicated member of the Salvation Army team! Since day one, Katherine has never missed a single run! She has challenged herself to start running and is making great strides towards accomplishing that goal!  
ginger Ginger Becker, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“Many people falling on hard times in their lives lose confidence in their abilities to succeed. And it’s completely understandable. We help people get through these trying times by giving them tools to succeed and providing important social integration through running. It’s through running that a person can learn a lot about themselves. These lessons in building physical and mental endurance, learning to push yourself beyond what you thought is possible, and even proper breathing technique easily translates to every day survival skills in life.”
claudis Claudis, Residential Member, The Bridge
Claudis has been a part of the Back on My Feet family for about a month and has had a smile on his face the entire time!  He brings such a positive spirit to Team bridge!  Claudis has challenged himself and has gone from not being able to run much at all to almost running 2 miles in the past month!  He has shown his commitment through 100% attendance and is the first to volunteer when given the opportunity.  He is an inspiration to many and on his way to his first 5K in the coming months!
jeffkuhn Jeff Kuhn, Non-Residential Member, Veterans Affairs
I love Back on My Feet because I truly believe that taking those first couple of steps to improve oneself is the hardest part to changing. I have truly enjoyed becoming part of the BoMF Family and enjoy my Wednesday’s Runs.”

barry Barry, Residential Member, Veterans Affairs
While Barry has served our country and survived a difficult past, he is looking towards his future! Barry has maintained 95% attendance with the Veterans team and is looking forward to moving out of the facility. Barry is the first to crack a joke, just ask his teammates!

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Back on My Feet staff wanted to share this inspirational story of Tina (name changed) a Residential Member with Team Bridge in Dallas to show the collaborative effort required to assist individuals to self-sufficiency. While running is a huge piece of what we do, much more goes on behind the scenes…

This is her story as told by Dennis Strickland, The Bridge’s Homeless Recovery Manager -

Tina has experienced much in her 24 years before becoming homeless and showing up at The Bridge. She came to us in August of 2011, did intake and was referred to Austin Street Center for shelter. She enrolled in our care management and we started to learn more about her: With an 11th grade education and limited skills, she had resorted to prostitution on the streets.

There was also a history of hospitalizations at Terrell State Hospital. She had a schizoaffective diagnosis, but at the time of her intake she was not receiving treatment; we linked her to LifeNet Clinic at the Bridge.

Tina has come a long way. Following months of care management, and with her behavioral health care intact, Tina was moved to our Transitional Shelter and encouraged to join Back on My Feet (BoMF) for both physical exercise and peer mentoring. She has done well with that program.

Her BoMF case manager reports,

She has gone from being very timid, shy and closed off to one who has been committed, engaged and the first to give her morning hug to our members! I know Tina has been through a lot, and I am so encouraged by her commitment to our team. Her smile gives me hope and I believe she is making strides towards a bright future.

Tina has most recently become job ready, working with the on-site Texas Workforce team. She has just obtained part-time employment, but has aspiration for more. Tina is not home, yet, but we believe she is very close to finding her way home. Our partnership is making it possible for our Guests like Tina to recover from homelessness.

Back on My Feet is honored to be a part of Tina’s recovery!

Let’s get a new year off to a great start! These Members have gone above and beyond the regular M/W/F runs and shown us the spirit of Back on My Feet!

adam Adam Rubin, Non-Residential Members, Dallas LIFE
“I love Back on My Feet because it’s really the perfect way to start off the day. Every morning run with Dallas LIFE is a truly energizing experience – everyone’s so positive and encouraging, it’s infectious. And if someone is having a rough morning, everyone else is there for support. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to have met my teammates – they’re such an inspiring group of people. Often times after runs, I wonder if I’ll ever be able to give back as much as I’ve gotten out of this experience. Back on My Feet is a very special organization, and I’m honored to be a small part of it.”
Christopher, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Christopher is a great team member! Christopher joined Back on My Feet in November 2012 and has attended every class available. He is currently looking for employment and enjoying leading his team with a positive attitude. Way to go Christopher!
Raul Serrano, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“I like coming out to see the smiling faces and welcoming arms from both Residential and Non-Residential Members alike. Everyone always seems honestly happy to be there and glad I’m there with them. Running is something I would do on my own but it’s better when I’m there.”
vanessa Vanessa, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Vanessa has volunteered on multiple occasions at races where we depended on volunteers. She has attended all of the Financial Literacy classes and loves coming to the monthly computer courses. However, Virginia’s greatest accomplishment to date is gaining new employment in January 2013!
Natalie Avis Natalie Avis, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“I love that through Back on My Feet I have the opportunity to meet wonderful people from all kinds of backgrounds and life situations. My teammates are always supportive and full of positive energy, even at 5:45 am! After every run I am encouraged to be a better and healthier person, and I love seeing the accomplishments of Team Bridge, both Residential and Non-Residential Members.”
Theresa, Residential Member, The Bridge
Theresa pushes herself despite a foot injury. Always ready for a hug and consistently smiling, Theresa loves the fact that Back on My Feet has helped her meet new friends!
 bryan Bryan Cathey, Non-Residential Member, Veterans Affairs
“I love to run and I love to help people. A friend told me about Back on My Feet and it seemed like a perfect marriage of the two. I had no idea I would actually look forward to waking up at 4 AM three times a week but I do – and running with the VA team has quickly become a very meaningful part of my life. Back on My Feet is an amazing organization that allows me to give back in some small measure what was so freely given to me during my own personal struggles.”
Mike, Residential Member, Veterans Affairs
While not the loudest Member of the team, Mike reservedly supports his teammates, Back on My Feet and staff. He has offered to go above and beyond the usual Member expectations on numerous occasions. We are very proud of his success and look forward to seeing Mike run towards his goals!

The holidays have us cheering for joy! Joyous cheers for EIGHT members of the month! Congrats guys!

Steve Ward, Non-Residential Members, Dallas LIFE
“I love to run with Back on My Feet because of the opportunity to serve and run with others. I believe in the relationships we develop with the Residential Members and look forward to seeing them every week. The Residential Members help me more than what I can do for them. They are my family and I love them all.”
Adam, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Adam, a University of Nebraska alumni, is one of the most kind-hearted Residential Members at Dallas LIFE. He not only leads the pack in running, but will circle back to the walkers to ensure everyone’s safety on morning runs. Thanks for showing us how to be a team member Adam!
Lisa Tran, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“I love Back on My Feet because the organization is a perfect blend of what I feel most passionate about: building a better community by serving others and running! In the past few months of joining the Salvation Army team, I have met amazing people who inspire me to truly live out the Serenity Prayer.”
Mike, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Mike is amazing! He has such a positive attitude. Mike goes out of his way to help Back on My Feet staff and he loves donuts! How couldn’t you love Mike??
Abraham Lagmay, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“At first, I was uncertain that I could commit the time to volunteering at Back on My Feet with my own selfish reasons. As time went on, I began to realize how Back on My Feet continues to change the lives of Residential Members, including mine. Seeing someone who was in the depths of despair suddenly has hope for the future is a gift beyond words.  It has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me so far. I am proud to be a part of such an amazing organization.We are one big ‘human’ family!”
Sharon, Residential Member, The Bridge
Sharon has come back from great odds to rejoin her Back on My Feet family at The Bridge. She maintained 100% attendance in November and transitioned to the upstairs living facility. We are very proud of where Sharon is today and the depression she is fighting through walking every Monday, Wednesday and Friday!
Dr. Mike Cunningham, Non-Residential Member, Veterans Affairs
Dr. C, as he is so affectionately called by the Residential Members, has been a constant support of the brand new program at the VA. We are excited to have his support as Dr. C is the supervisor of the entire program. His early morning runs with the team are a huge endorsement of the program within the VA Hospital. Thank you Dr. C!
Raymond, Residential Member, Veterans Affairs
Raymond always pushes himself further and refuses to walk with the team. His determination is contagious and he is an inspiration to his teammates. He has a quirky and fun attitude with his Back on My Feet family. Way to go Raymond!

We are so thankful for these all-star Members this November! We have such a busy month! And next month we will have even more Residential and Non-Residential Members to honor…

John Watson, Non-Residential Members, Dallas LIFE
“I joined Back on My Feet about three months ago because I was looking for volunteer opportunities in Dallas. When I read the description of what Back on My Feet was about, I thought it was simply brilliant. For many years now I have used running as a way to bring myself out of my own difficult situations. When I can’t deal with the stress at work, I go for a run. When I am going through a bad breakup, I go for a run. If I get in a fight with a friend or a family member, I go for a run. By the time I am done, the problem hasn’t disappeared, it is still there waiting for me to face it, but *I* have changed. I have cleared my head and usually have a different perspective on the challenge I am facing.”
Anthony, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Wow! Anthony used to be reserved and shy, but now he’s not! Always showing up with a great attitude, Anthony was a no-brainer to honor as Residential Member of the Month for Dallas LIFE. We love ya!
Bill Turner, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“Member accomplishments inspired by Back on My Feet are amazing stories of meeting the challenges of life and they encourage me. Although injury has stopped my running, the community I now feel a part of has inspired me to meet my challenge. As Jennifer mentioned in orientation, I have quickly found that Back on My Feet does as much and more for its Non-Residential Members as it does for Residential Members. I am grateful to be a part of it!”
Jose, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Jose is a walker, but a very motivated walker! He definitely walks with a purpose and is trying to get somewhere! He always has a friendly smile and a welcoming attitude. Thanks for always being a friend Jose!
Adam Cowdin, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“I like Back on My Feet because it provides a team atmosphere that allows its members to know that they have a group of people that will hold them accountable and generate friendly rivalries that encourage growth.”
Raymond, Residential Member, The Bridge
Raymond has come a long way since his first days with Back on My Feet. Despite challenges, Raymond has moved forward and into his own apartment! Raymond still joins the team on morning runs even while he is job searching. Great job man! We are very proud of your progress!

October brings some cooler weather and some cool runners! Remember to congratulate these individuals for their hard work and dedication to running. If you can catch ‘em!

Melissa Repko, Non-Residential Members, Dallas LIFE
“I love Back on My Feet because it’s a great way to start the day. Each morning that I attend, I get a chance to spend time with teammates, sharing our stories and working toward our goals — whether they’re running-related or more personal. Back on My Feet has introduced me to a wonderful group of new friends. With each step of our run, I like to think we’re waking up Dallas, raising awareness and making the world a little brighter.”
Sonja, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Sonja is a single mother of one and came to Dallas LIFE after escaping a bad relationship. She has run two 5Ks in her two months with Back on My Feet and looks forward to starting her interviews with Back on My Feet hiring partners in Dallas. Sonja is an inspiration to all women!
Bob and Laura Thurman, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
Bob and Laura have grown close with the Salvation Army team and we are excited to recognize their dedication to our team of runners! Thanks Bob and Laura!
Randy, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Randy goes above and beyond the M/W/F morning runs. What can we say? He just loves Back on My Feet! Randy is a pleasure to be around and he encourages his fellow teammates. We are excited to honor his positive attitude with Member of the Month for October! Keep up the hard work Randy!
Sophia Zabaneh, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“Back on My Feet has changed my life in numerous ways. It gives me more appreciation for the blessings I have in my life. I leave morning runs thinking I sometimes get more out of this than I can ever give them back. We encourage each other, we befriend each other and we support each other. When one of us is having a rough morning and needs to slow down or stop to walk-  the other does the same. We talk about things going on in our lives and seek advice from each other forgetting the barrier that lies between us. Back on My Feet is a special place for all parties involved and I am honored to be apart of it.”
Gary, Residential Member, The Bridge
Gary is doing great with his training and always pushes himself. He always has a can do attitude and offers a positive attitude to his teammates. We just love his spirit!

Wow! Has it been a year since we last recognized our September Members of the Month?! It’s been too long, so let’s get down to it…

Kurt and Teresa Pennington, Non-Residential Members, Dallas LIFE
“We have been involved with Back on My Feet since May of 2011, and waking each Friday morning to run with our Dallas Life family has been nothing short of wonderful. Each week is filled with warm hugs, encouraging cheers, and open minds- an experience that truly blesses our newly-married life. We look forward to making more memories with Back on My Feet, and our Dallas Life family!”
Ricky, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Ricky no longer lives at the Dallas LIFE facility but continues to run with Back on My Feet. Ricky has maintained 90% attendance for the morning runs and more importantly maintains a great attitude! He is working on his resume and hopes to begin interviewing for a job very soon! Keep up the hard work Ricky!
Evie McGerr, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“I’ve grown through this and am so encouraged through this experience. These great people are championing change and making a difference in their own lives. What a privileged to try and keep up with them!”
Regina, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Regina has 100% attendance!!! She brings a “can do” attitude to her team at the Salvation Army. Regina even showed up to a run the day after a root canal just to walk and show her commitment to the team. Thank you Regina for being such a dedicated and driven team member!
Rick Wilson, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“I think that Back on My Feet does a great job of teaching and blending both running and critical life-skill disciplines.  Since I work part-time in the fitness industry, the fact that Back on My Feet uses physical fitness as a foundation to helping others improve their lives in a huge way is really awesome! I decided to volunteer because of the people.  We’re like a big, loving family – growing, supporting and helping each other with every step.”
Gabrielle, Residential Member, The Bridge
Gabrielle has maintained 100%!!! We are so proud of her diligence and determination. Gabrielle is creating positive habits quickly and is helping to model a healthy lifestyle for those around her! Keep up the hard work Gabrielle, you can do it girl!

Tami, Angela, Amy, Bill, Joe and Renaulda all exemplify the Back on My Feet spirit – determination, motivation and self-confidence! Way to go guys, you make us a very proud organization. You inspire others!

Tami Darlington, Non-Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
“I receive blessings from the wise words I hear Residential Members share as we run in the mornings. I am joyful when I see a Member “suit up” for a first day on a job. And I absolutely cannot describe the emotions that stir in me when I watch a Member cross a finish line. Those smiles bring chills to me!”
Angela, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Angela is a single mother of two and currently works as a hostess in a restaurant. Recently enrolling in school, Angela loves running and has maintained 90% attendance in addition to running four local 5Ks in Dallas. Way to go girl! We are very proud of you!
Amy Glasscock, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“I have been blessed many times over in just the short time that I have been a Non-Residential Member of the Salvation Army team and completed my first 5k in over 4 years just last week at the Too Hot To Handle. I think our team motivates me more than I could ever motivate them!”
Bill, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Bill, a US Veteran, was a treat to work with at the Habitat for Humanity build and a fantastic participant at the AT&T Career Aware event this past month. His great attitude has lead him to a job at the VA Hospital and we are very proud of all of his accomplishments! Go Bill go!
Joe Torres, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“I’m not sure he gets more out of Back on My Feet, the Residential Members or the Non-Residential Members. Personally, I believe that I may be benefitting more. Each time I have a chance to run with a different Member and listen to their stories I am inspired by their perseverance and their will to move ahead in life. I feel lucky to have the opportunity to be a small part of our Residential Members’ lives.”
Renaulda, Residential Member, The Bridge
Renaulda’s positive attitude shines through any situation! With a quiet determination he tackles all obstacles in his way. Renaulda completed his first 5K on July 15th at Too Hot To Handle. Awesome job Renaulda!

The following rock stars deserve cupcakes, hugs and lots of high fives for how awesome they are! Lauren, Teley, Jayda, Dale, Laurie and Latara are great examples of what Back on My Feet is all about, a great attitude and forward motion!

Lauren Rozanski, Non-Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
“I run with Back on My Feet, because it feels like family to me. I am continually amazed by the genuine care and love that the members of BoMF have for one another. I joined the organization as a way to serve my community and build relationships, but it has provided much more than that. The friendships I’ve made, support I’ve received, and lessons I’ve learned over the past year have been true blessings in my life.”
Teley, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Teley, a fantastic teammate, joined Back on My Feet in April 2012 and is currently enjoying the Back on My Feet program partner, H.I.S. Bridge Builders. Teley is enrolled in a five week course to get her back in the workplace with a certification in working with eye wear. Keep up the hard work Teley!
Jayda Ekundayo, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“I run with Back on My Feet to inspire and be inspired by real people that understand the importance of ‘community.’”
Dale, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Dale, an incredible teammate with a great attitude, served in the US military for 30 years! After suffering from a stroke, the doctors told him he would never walk again. Well, Dale takes delight in proving the doctors wrong every Monday, Wednesday and Friday with his Salvation Army teammates. He is currently interviewing with the Marriott and hopes to join the team as a Loss Prevention Officer. Way to go Dale! We are very proud of you!
Laurie Dias, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
I volunteer with Back on My Feet because of the way it makes me feel which is awesome. This past year some of my most memorable experiences have been helping Residential Members accomplish their goals whether it was their first 5k, 15k or just watching their self-confidence grow. I feel truly blessed to be part of such an amazing organization and I am so grateful for all the wonderful Residential and Non-Residential Members that have come into my life.”
Latara, Residential Member, The Bridge
Latara joined Back on My Feet in May 2012 and runs with Team Bridge. Having maintained 100% attendance, (you go girl!) Latara is quick to help others and has graduated from a walk to a run/walk with the goal of her first 5K in July 2012. We couldn’t be more excited about her progression through the Back on My Feet program! Go get it Latara!

This month’s recognized Members are not only great runners, but just have great attitudes!! These Members always have a smile on their face and a hug to offer a teammate. Encourage these Members through the month of May and we look forward to seeing them grow!

Jessica Killough, Non-Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
“The best running buddy is someone that encourages me to keep going and not stop. I enjoy being able to run with all my different teammates, as each of us add something unique to the team. I love the camaraderie and community that Back on My Feet provides. For me, BoMF is about sharing life together. I’ve made a new family and feel a fulfilled by them.” 
Dovie, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Dovie, always smiling and determined to run a little bit more, never ran before joining Back on My Feet and completed her first 5K on March 31st at the Jog with the Frog race in Fair Park. Dovie is known for her positive outlook on life, her willingness to help others and has attended all the required classes for Next Steps. Keep up the hard work Dovie!
Elana Carter, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
I imagine homelessness to be an overwhelming experience. The Residential Members continue to get up and move forward. They show up day after day, week after week. That provides context and perspective for the issues that I’m managing in my own life. I certainly like keeping up with James and Mary Ann. They embody the spirit of many of the Residential Members – a quiet commitment to show up, a willingness to show themselves and bring their A game.”
Mari Ann, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Mari Ann, a resident at the Salvation Army shelter, regularly assists Back on My Feet staff by not only helping instructors at monthly computer literacy classes, but even takes the time to instructs others! She has a great attitude, always up for more and brings a great attitude to any situation. Way to go Mari Ann!

Robert Sherburn, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
Aside from running, the Back on My Feet program to me simply represents an opportunity to be a part of something much bigger than ourselves as individuals. It’s difficult to articulate what I get out of the program really, because it’s not a thing, it’s a feeling, more of a sense of being. It’s a two way street of sorts, it’s mutual respect, it’s shared wisdom, it’s love, it’s kindness, friendships and relationships. It’s all the things that matter, and none of the things that don’t. So I try to put in as much as I can!  Show up, get involved, make a contribution, and see for yourself!”
Sonja, Residential Member, The Bridge
Sonja, a reserved Member of Team Bridge, ran her first 5K at The Man Run on May 2nd on the Katy Trail. While soft spoken at times, Sonja’s determination and dedication to Back on My Feet has not gone unrecognized. Sonja has an amazing attitude and attends as many Back on My Feet events as possible to show her support.