Mission & Vision


Every time I accomplish something that I never thought I could, I say to myself, This is just the start.


Back on My Feet Alumnus

The State of Homelessness in the US

Individuals and families can lose their homes for a variety of reasons that are often interconnected: lack of affordable housing, limited economic opportunity, sudden or long-term medical problems and domestic violence, just to name a few. According to the Federal Reserve’s 2018 Survey of Household Economics and Decision Making report, 40% of Americans would struggle to come up with $400 to pay an unexpected bill. Simply put, too many among us are living on the brink of poverty.

At the end of 2018, approximately 568,000 men and women were homeless in the United States at any given time. 35% (198,800) were sheltered individually (not part of a family with children) in emergency, transitional or long-term facilities. In 13 cities across the country, Back on My Feet partners primarily with transitional homeless facilities that offer those experiencing homelessness temporary shelter for anywhere from 3-18 months. The cycle of poverty and homelessness can be hard to break, but not impossible. It is clearer than ever that we must connect individuals to the tools, skills, opportunities and community that will set them up for sustainable, long term success.


Transforming lives one mile at a time.

Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. In 13 cities across the US, we use running and walking as tools to create and build communities that provide the support, resources and crucial social fabric that empower individuals experiencing and at risk of homelessness to achieve sustainable employment and stable housing.

We believe our members are capable of meaningful and sometimes extraordinary work, but they experience barriers beyond homelessness and housing insecurity that impact their ability to get back on their feet: the criminal justice system, poor credit, lack of opportunity, addiction, mental health services and more. We are here to help them navigate those challenges, helping to remove barriers while providing support from an engaged and enthusiastic community.

Back on My Feet leverages the power of community to move our members forward, helping them overcome these obstacles and build healthier, more stable lives. We know the road is not always easy, but with the right tools and right people by their side, our members prove time and time again that we can break the cycle of homelessness.

A Back on My Feet member in our Atlanta chapter
celebrates after running our Meaningful Miles 5K. Our races give
our members and alums a platform to test their physical endurance
and to continue being active in our community.

Success at a Glance

1 %
Members Housed
and Employed
1 %
Members Maintain
1 %

Receive a Wage Increase Within the First 6 Months

We are so grateful for our partners and supporters who helped us grow and evolve this year, so that we can offer as many individuals as possible the opportunity to transform their lives. We are thrilled to be active in Denver, our 13th city.

Ashley Kilpatrick

Vice President of Development