Posts Tagged non-residential member
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Erika and Joe!

Shoe Size? 9

Favorite post run food? I would have to say pizza.

Why do you run? I love how running makes me feel happy.

How many marathons/half marathons/5ks have you done? I just completed my 10th marathon in November!

Favorite race you’ve ever done? My favorite race is Tecumseh Trail Marathon because it was my first full marathon, plus I’m a big fan of trail running!

Bucket list item you plan to cross off soon? I would like to someday finish a half Ironman distance triathlon.

Favorite music? Christian and Pop/Rock.

Favorite vacation spot? Anywhere warm and near the ocean!

Family? I have one younger brother who runs the Indy Mini with me every year along with our mom. My dad isn’t a runner, but enjoys walking his dog.

How did you hear about BoMF? What has BoMF meant to you? Why did you stick with it? I heard about BoMF from a friend at church who is a non-resident runner, Andy Chandler. Andy mentioned BoMF several times and I finally went to a meeting to see what it was all about. BoMF has shown me how the power of community can help us become better people. Alone, we’d probably not be exercising outside in the early hours of the morning or building these friendships. However, together, we are able to become healthier physically, as well as emotionally. I stick with it because I am always in a better mood after running with BoMF!

What is your favorite memory of a time with BoMF so far? I remember one morning last spring we were running downtown from Warman and saw a mouse! I don’t want to name any names, but the little mouse really frightened one resident!

Advice for people who might want to start running with BoMF? I think that the most important thing to remember is always give your best. This is easier said than done, but I know that most of us are stronger than we think!

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Circle up with Mike, Erika, Barb, and Joe on a freezing cold race day!

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!

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.
Lydia Ghattas, Non-Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
“Back on My Feet has changed my perspective on life.  I love the friends, and now family, I’ve met through running in the mornings and races throughout the month.  At 5:45 AM everyone stands in the huddle the same.  Everyone has a unique story and the more I spend time with them the more I want to know and share my story.  Spending time with BoMF lets you be a small part of something greater going on across the country.  I recently ran with one of the Atlanta teams and was received with a warm welcome and of course, hugs!”
Channing, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Channing began running with his Dallas LIFE teammates in March 2012. Channing has maintained 90% attendance and is looking forward to completing the Next Steps portion of the Back on My Feet program. Channing was the first Member to cross the finish line at the Jog with the Frog 5K on March 31st. Way to go Channing! Keep up the hard work!
Bianca Hernandez, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“When I joined Back on My Feet, I figured it would be a good way to log a few extra miles. I planned on going one day a week, but that changed quickly! I had no idea what a big part of my life it would become! Even though getting up before dawn is tough, I can’t imagine life without my teammates at the Salvation Army. Whether it’s a PR or a new job, watching them achieve their goals is inspiring, and I am proud to be a small part of such a great organization.”
Greg S., Residential Member, Salvation Army
Greg, a United States Marine Corps veteran, found himself at the Salvation Army facility after losing his job with Dallas I.S.D. Having worked as a crossing guard, Greg entered the grand per diem program for veterans and joined Back on My Feet in August 2011. Greg completed his first half marathon on March 25th and is currently applying for positions with Marriott. Run Greg Run!
Rosalyn Davis, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“When I joined Back on My Feet, I was not a morning person, nor was I a recreational runner. Back on My Feet has transformed me into a runner. Admittedly, the morning part still needs a bit of work. I love being greeted with genuine smiles and meaningful hugs, in the mornings. It makes the sacrifice of sleep worth it. I love witnessing the dedication, victories, and accomplishments of our Residential members. It’s inspiring.”
Montania, Residential Member, The Bridge
Montania is a valued member of Team Bridge and has been running with Back on My Feet since December 2011. He has competed in numerous local 5Ks and looks forward to applying for positions with our job partners having maintained 90% attendance. Keep running Montania!

Let’s start 2012 with a great run of outstanding individuals fighting the perception of homelessness one step at a time! Ryan Harms, Tom Boone and Elysa Nelson (also Non-Residential Member of the year!) have been recognized as Non-Residential Members of the month for January. Check out all of our Members of the Month below! And remember… double hugs are no joke!

Ryan Harms, Non-Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
“It may be only for three hours a week, and it may not always give us a full picture of our Residential Members lives, but we at least get a peek in the window of their lives, and have the privilege of sharing in part of their story. I can’t tell you all how many times I hear how thankful our Residential Members are for the love and community we show them in the morning.  I think sometimes I forget how wonderful a listening ear can be… but they do not.”
Ricky R., Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
Ricky has been an integral member of the Dallas LIFE team since October 2011. Having lost more than 50 pounds in a few short months, Ricky walks to be a part of the team and to improve his health.
Tom Boone, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“It’s a great way to start the day! My favorite part of running with Back on My Feet is the camaraderie.”
James T., Residential Member, Salvation Army
James, a Vietnam veteran, joined Back on My Feet in November 2011. James worked as a Greyhound bus driver for more than 20 years but now enjoys the challenge of running with his teammates. James completed the Hotcake Hustle on January 14, 2012.
Elysa Nelson, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“Back on My Feet has taught me how much room my heart still has left to love others. When I joined BoMF, I was worried I was over committing and that I wouldn’t be able to make as much time for the organization as I wanted. But I quickly learned that my heart had plenty of room for the amazing Residential and Non-Residential Members, and the friendships I have gained are incredible.”
Patrick R., Residential Member, The Bridge
Patrick joined the Back on My Feet team at The Bridge in December 2011. He completed his first 5K at the Hotcake Hustle on January 14, 2012. “Back on My Feet means being a productive person.”