After hearing about Back on My Feet, you’ll never again have a good excuse not to run.
The organization, which hosted its annual birthday bash at the JW Marriott last Thursday, helps rehabilitate the homeless through running. BOMF believes running fosters discipline and determination and helps members move toward self-sufficiency. Often, it’s the only activity that gets its members out of bed in the morning.
Just ask Stephen Bridges, a BOMF alumnus who spoke at the event. Bridges, a former drug addict, said he first heard of the group while staying La Casa, a transitional rehab program.
“I could hear people in the courtyard yelling, ‘Back on My Feet! Back on My Feet!’… I thought it was the neighbors,” he said. He eventually started going on the early morning runs Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and said it was “one of the best things I have ever done for myself.”
“I was determined to do this one thing right, and it just started working … I love my life just the way it is,” he said. He now works as a hairdresser, has a savings account, and has reconnected with his nephews.
Attendees also heard from BOMF volunteer and honoree Linda Singh, a managing director at Accenture, one of BOMF’s long-time sponsors. She is also a brigadier general in the Maryland Army National Guard. Singh, who had a rough upbringing and was homeless for a time, said BOMF was the ideal support structure.
“All of you become the wind beneath someone’s wings,” she said, speaking to the volunteers in the crowd. “And that’s what it takes to move forward.”