Description & History

Back on My Feet seeks to revolutionize the way our society approaches homelessness. 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.  For all with the capacity to serve—volunteers, donors, community and corporate partners—we seek to engage you in the profound experience of empowering individuals to achieve what once seemed impossible through the seemingly simple act of putting one foot in front of the other.

Back on My Feet 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.  After 30 days in the program, members with 90% 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.  We currently serve 60 Members with teams in East and West Harlem, Midtown, Alphabet City and the Prospect Park area of Brooklyn. 

When joining the program, our Members commit to running Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:30 to 6:30AM. Dedicated teams of volunteers run between two and four miles with our Members with longer distances on Saturdays. Each team has varying physical abilities, so we encourage runners of all paces to join our community. 

About the organization

Back on My Feet

Rachael Sparks
Program Director
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