In partnership with prominent local business, BoMF launches 14th city in preparation for National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.
Fort Lauderdale, FL (November 18, 2020) - Back on My Feet, the national non-profit that seeks to revolutionize the way society approaches homelessness, officially launched its 14th chapter on Friday, November 6th with the launch of their Fort Lauderdale location. The new chapter was able to launch thanks to a close partnership with Burdette Beckmann Inc. (BBI) and Back on My Feet’s facility partner, the Salvation Army Adult Recovery Center in Fort Lauderdale, and was launched during November in observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness week, a week dedicated to drawing attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness across the US. On November 6th, new Back on My Feet program participants, Back on My Feet staff, BBI staff and community volunteers gathered at 5:30am for the inaugural run. Staff and volunteers will continue to meet with program participants for run/walks, workforce development and training workshops and more, with the ultimate goal of helping participants find sustainable employment and stable housing.
“Back on My Feet is focused on the positive change that we can bring to the Fort Lauderdale community and the sustainable impact we can have on the lives of those who are at risk of or already experiencing homelessness”, said Katy Sherratt, CEO of Back on My Feet. “Since 2007, Back on My Feet has combatted homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Due to the challenges 2020 brought, homelessness numbers are on the rise across the country, but our model is unique and innovative – and it works, having already helped almost 8,000 men and women find jobs and homes. We are honored to have BBI helping us expand into Fort Lauderdale, making our program accessible to so many more people here in Florida.”
“BBI and the Taylor family strongly believe that we should give back to our community,” said Robert Taylor, CEO of BBI. “Back on My Feet offers a wonderful opportunity to help individuals experiencing homelessness transform their lives through the power and discipline of running and the healing influence of community and love.”
Through the help of more than 150,000 volunteers, donors and community supporters nationwide, Back on My Feet’s unique, fitness-based, restorative model demonstrates that if you first build confidence, strength and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes and new lives. In an economic impact study commissioned by Back on My Feet and validated by an external consulting group, for every $1 invested in the organization, there is a $2.50 return to the local community. This monetary return is achieved through increased economic output from employment and reduction in costs for shelters, medical services, incarceration and addiction treatment.
Program participants are empowered by physical movement, but more importantly by the community built at morning runs and walks. If you are interested in getting involved in Fort Lauderdale please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit backonmyfeet.org to learn more on how to get involved.
About Back on My Feet
Now operating in 14 major cities coast-to-coast, Back on My Feet recruits’ members at homeless and residential facilities and begins with a commitment to run three days a week. The second phase of the program, Next Steps, provides educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals and housing resources. Back on My Feet members have run more than 1,000,000 miles and obtained more than 7,800 jobs and homes, and the organization has engaged more than 150,000 volunteers and supporters. Every $1 invested in Back on My Feet returns nearly $2.50 to the local community through increased economic output and cost savings. Visit backonmyfeet.org/ and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Burdette Beckmann Inc.
Burdette Beckmann Inc. (BBI) is a national sales agency founded in 1955. We prioritize solution-based strategies and nurture lasting connections with our clients. Combining expertise in sales, marketing, and analytics, BBI guarantees meaningful results and productive outcomes for brands of every size and scope.