Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. The organization recruits members at homeless and residential facilities around the country and begins with a commitment to run three days a week in the early morning.
If the members maintain a 90% attendance rate after thirty days in the program, they move into the second phase of the program called Next Steps. Over 80% of individuals who start the Back on My Feet program move into the Next Steps phase. Members of the Next Steps phase attend financial literacy classes and job skills training provided through partnerships with Back on My Feet's corporate partners. Members can also earn financial assistance to remove barriers to employment and housing such as work supplies, transportation, and security deposits.
As Back on My Feet says, "Our unique running-based model demonstrates that if you first restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes, and new lives. For all in need, we aim to provide: practical training and employment resources for achieving independence; an environment that promotes accountability; and a community that offers compassion and hope."
PLUSgives is grateful to have the opportunity to partner with Back on My Feet Philadelphia and combat homelessness. Each purchase of a PLUSgives product offers someone dealing with homelessness one full day of membership in the Back on My Feet Program.
For more information about Back on My Feet Philadelphia, visit their website at www.philadelphia.backonmyfeet.org.