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Back on My Feet can impact people whether they are part of our organization or not. We hope to share testimonials from anyone who has a story to tell about their experience with our organization. Contact us if you have one to share!

This testimonial comes from Vicky Vadlamani of Back on My Feet Washington D.C. Team Emery House:

I was laid off in February, and after a few weeks of having no luck, for a long time fell into a serious depression. I would go days without leaving my house, or sometimes even showering, as foul as that sounds. Without a routine, I was sleeping during the day and staying up all hours of the night, and became a social recluse. I have been running for most of my adult life, and have always used that to relive stress and tension, but I had come to the point where I couldn’t even motivate myself to lace up my shoes.

Lily Badger, a friend of mine, told me that after she quit her job she found BOMF and it gave her a purpose. I realized I needed that in my life, so as soon as the DC chapter opened, I joined Team Emery House. As sappy as it sounds, it was the motivation I needed to get my life and my confidence back on track. As someone who defines herself by her career success, not having that really affected my self esteem. With BOMF I was able to focus and devote time and energy on someone other than myself. It was great to be able to share my love for running with someone who needed a motivator more than I did. I have no doubt that the members of BOMF did more for me than I could ever do for them, and for that I am truly grateful.

Back on My Feet is all about relationships and the special moments that happen on a run and open the door for individual transformation.  Those moments are often small and can be lost in the greater shuffle, but as we pause for day of thanks, we at Back on My Feet want to thank everyone involved in this incredible organization. Every day, those small actions inspire others and we see tiny miracles happen in each city, team and stride. Read more…

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.

Nov. 14-20 is National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week. As part of our effort to continue to further the dialogue around homelessness, this week we are hosting Personal Reflections on Homelessness here on the Back on My Feet blog.

For this series, we have asked one BOMF member in each city to reflect on their experience of homelessness.

Ed Jenkins – Washington D.C. Clean and Sober Streets team

Ed Jenkins is a member of the DC team at Clean and Sober Streets.  Ed has been a member of BOMF for more than six months and is the closest embodiment of a teddy bear you will meet.

His story is less soft.

After relapsing for a 4th time, Ed checked himself into a recovery center in D.C. earlier this year and was placed at CSS.  Seizing the moment, he has flourished running several races since joining Back on My Feet (including a half marathon), becoming Team Captain and most recently graduating from Byte Back Computer Training.  He is currently actively job searching.

Ed has become a leader, source of welcome and inspiration. Though his build may suggest otherwise, he playfully goes by the nickname Kip after famous Olympic runner Kip Keino.

Below, read a short interview with Ed about homelessness and see an NBC interview with him.

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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.

Kenny Herder is still moving forward.

Recovery is a long, complicated process, and Kenny knows it well.

One of our earliest team members at Ridge Avenue in Philadelphia left Back on My Feet and came back and overcame alcohol and drug abuse, in addition to a mood disorder. This fall, he was the featured speaker at our Chicago launch breakfast. He’s working and living on his own now, as we discussed earlier this month as part of our Personal Reflections on Homelessness.

Because we also like to have fun and show that we’re about , we played a bit of a spoof game of Minute to Win It with Kenny, his longtime BOMF contact Wylie Belasik, Finance Manager Brandon Webster and Assistant to the President Sean Massenberg. Watch it below.

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A Boston member during the chapter's inaugural run March 24, 2010. Photo by John Deputy.

Nov. 14-20 is National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week. As part of our effort to continue to further the dialogue around homelessness, this week we are hosting Personal Reflections on Homelessness here on the Back on My Feet blog.

For this series, we have asked one BOMF member in each city to reflect on their experience of homelessness.

Jackie Kenyon – Boston St. Francis

Jacqueline Kenyon is a case manager for the women’s re-entry program at Boston Rescue Mission, a hairdresser for the past 23 years who now does so for the elderly, and Team Captain of the St. Francis House  Back on My Feet Team in Boston.

She was honored earlier this month as Boston’s Chapter Member of the Month for October 2010. Watch her talk about her background here and below read about her experiences with homelessness and Back on My Feet.

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Thank you to all of those who came out to celebrate with us at the Philadelphia Bash!

It was an evening filled with great people, great food and certainly great dance moves! If you missed the fun or just want to relive the wonderful memories, check out the video which shows the unforgettable speeches, deserving awards, and generous sponsors!

Find that video below and look at some of our photos here.

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Nov. 14-20 is National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week. As part of our effort to continue to further the dialogue around homelessness, this week we are hosting Personal Reflections on Homelessness here on the Back on My Feet blog.

For this series, we have asked one BOMF member in each city to reflect on their experience of homelessness.

“I feel that there’s nothing that I can’t do now.”

That’s the outlook that Shirley F. has on life now.  However, that’s not how things have always been for Shirley, a resident of N Street Village in Washington D.C..

Born in Baxley, GA she moved to D.C. when she was two years old and grew up in Northwest D.C.  The oldest of three, Shirley can remember returning to Georgia very often to see her large, extended family in the South.  In an all too common story, Shirley grew up in a household that had its share of difficulties.  Her step father had a problem with alcohol and that lead to strained relationships and an unhealthy attempt to deal with the problems she was facing in her life.

The difficulties at home combined with peer pressure from the wrong group at school started Shirley off onto a path that would take her away from what she had planned for her life.

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As Vice President of Programming Wylie Belasik speaks at the inaugural Chicago chapter run, Philadelphia member Kenny Herder waits on.

Nov. 14-20 is National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week. As part of our effort to continue to further the dialogue around homelessness, this week we are hosting Personal Reflections on Homelessness here on the Back on My Feet blog.

For this series, we have asked one BOMF member in each city to reflect on their experience of homelessness.

Kenny Herder – Philadelphia Ridge Team

Kenny’s story is a remarkable one.

When Kenny joined BOMF in September of 2008, he was still struggling with his bi-polar disorder and self-medicating with drugs and alcohol. However, instead of turning inward, Kenny grew outward.

Though his journey hasn’t been without bumps, he now lives independently with his brother and has been employed for more than a year without missing a day of work. Kenny remains active in the BOMF program and recently spoke at the launch of the Chicago chapter.

Below, we speak to Kenny about homelessness, Back on My Feet and feature a video interview with him about his journey.

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