Back on My Feet uses running and community to motivate and support individuals every step of the way from homelessness to independence, first by recruiting members (individuals experiencing homelessness) at homeless and residential facilities who commit to run three days a week in the early morning. After 30 days in the program, members with 90 percent attendance earn the opportunity to move into the second phase of the program, called Next Steps, which provides educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals, and housing resources. Almost 80 percent of individuals who start the program move into Next Steps.
Volunteer runners meet in the early morning and run between one and five miles with our members. Back on My Feet sees different physical abilities among members, so they encourage all runners, joggers, and walkers to become a part of the growing community. They run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but the desired volunteer commitment is once a week. But if you fall in love with the team, you're encouraged to join as often as you like.
Back on My Feet Austin has helped more than 265 members reach self-sufficiency—a donation of any amount helps them to grow that number.
The annual Back on My Feet Bash is the nonprofit's biggest fundraising event of the year to benef the Austin chapter.