Posts Tagged Runners

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!

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!
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.”

August brings record breaking temperatures in Dallas and an awesome new batch of Members of the Month! What does it take to be recognized as a Member of the Month? These runners demonstrate the spirit of BoMF, determination, confidence and strength. They understand the meaning of a team and are an integral part of the BoMF family. They are more than deserving of double hugs this month!

Deborah Witt, Non-Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
“Since joining the Dallas Life team, BoMF has provided additional opportunities for me to be involved with the program and residents. I participated in a 2.0 Orientation, facilitated a Financial Literacy class, planned special events, and recruited two co-workers.  Needless to say, I believe in this program. I know how lives are touched and changed – especially mine! BoMF adds value to my life.”
Joe McCullough, Residential Member, Dallas LIFE
“I joined BoMF to better myself and improve myself in areas where I thought I was lacking. I like the environment that I wake up to in the morning. If it wasn’t for ya’ll inspiring me, I wouldn’t have made it this far. I like all aspects of it. I think it’s good for a person to get up to learn discipline.”
Nelson Prater, Non-Residential Member, Salvation Army
“I guess my favorite part of running with BoMF is seeing the courage and determination on the faces of those getting out there to run. I’ve been running for a long time, and for some long distances, so I had forgotten that running is really a very hard thing to do. For me, it’s leisure time. So, when I get to run with people who are really giving it their all, it inspires me tremendously.”
Audelia Polk, Residential Member, Salvation Army
Audelia completed her first 5K on August 6, 2011 at the Melon Dash 5K. At the tender age of 71, Audelia placed in her age group and continues to inspire others on her team.
Erica Martinez, Non-Residential Member, The Bridge
“Gloria [Residential Member] and I have done several races together with a run/walk approach and we always finish races with our hands up high. She warms my heart. I love how supportive she is of everyone; and whether she knows it or not, she’s a valuable mentor to a lot of the members.”
Trina Stimpson, Residential Member, The Bridge
“I needed more structure in my life. It helps motivate me to move onto the next step that I’m trying to get to. The running in the mornings clear my mind. In the future, I see myself stable, with my own place, a part time job and in school. BoMF has taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to. I hope to complete a half marathon in November.”

Let’s face it: runners are a different breed. We run at the crack of dawn. We run in the pouring rain. We run in the sweltering heat and blistering snow. We spend far more time planning our or runs than our meals. Some people think we are crazy. But the runners’ secret is that we know it’s what keeps us sane.

I have always been a lone runner, occasionally having a partner to run with here and there. But mostly alone. Until I joined BoMF…then it all changed. I now run with at least 10-15 other people each morning. Finding where I fit into the group was somewhat of a challenge for me. Am I a leader, a follower, a motivator or simply a loner? Would I ever fit into this large group of runners?

I had these fears until I stepped back and realized that every other person in the group was going through the same inner struggles. What I soon realized was that the opening questions (What’s your favorite dessert? What Smurf would you be? etc) would open up a can of worms to allow us all to get to know each other and bring out our personalities.

I am quickly learning that it doesn’t matter who is the fastest, who is the funniest, who has run the most races. Rather, it’s about all of us knowing that we are all there for the same reason: to run. We wake up each morning and put one foot in front of the other. Because we can.

We have found our feet. And they are moving forward as a team that we’re all proud to be a part of here in Indy.

Let’s face it: runners are a different breed. We run at the crack of dawn. We run in the pouring rain. We run in the sweltering heat and blistery snow. We spend far more time planning our runs than our meals. Some people think we are crazy. But the runners’ secret is that we know it’s what keeps us sane.

I have always been a lone runner, occasionally having a partner to run with here and there. But mostly alone. Until I joined BoMF…then it all changed. I now run with at least 10-15 other people each morning. Finding where I fit into the group was somewhat of a challenge for me. Am I a leader, a follower, a motivator or simply a loner? Would I ever fit into this large group of runners?

I had these fears until I stepped back and realized that every other person in the group was going through the same inner struggles. What I soon realized was that the opening questions (What’s your favorite dessert? What Smurf would you be? etc) would open up a can of worms to allow us all to get to know each other and bring out our personalities.

I am quickly learning that it doesn’t matter who is the fastest, who is the funniest, who has run the most races. Rather, it’s about all of us knowing that we are all there for the same reason: to run. We wake up each morning and put one foot in front of the other. Because we can.

We have found our feet. And they are moving forward as a team that we’re all proud to be a part of here in Indy.