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Success Stories

Back on My Feet starts with a run, but builds to so much more. The community supports members as they enter into the core of our program, Next Steps, where they can achieve training, education, employment and housing.

Alumni Stories
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Back on My Feet Alum Fortino
Fortino's Journey to Redemption: How a 4th Chance Sparked Transformation and Hope
“The person suffering from addiction is the person I knew. The person I’ve grown to be is new to me. The drive I have today is overwhelming in the best way.” — Fortino, Back on My Feet Dallas, Alum
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Rising from Adversity: Dexter's Journey from Guyana to Freedom, Success, and Advocacy in the U.S.
“My journey was really hard, but worth it. I’ve been able to help so many people. Five years ago, I came to Back on My Feet. and still I have a real team behind me all the time. It’s a real family.”

— Dexter, Back on My Feet New York, Alum
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From Sleeping on the Subway to Attending Law School: Tyrena's Story
“Although it takes time, the key is persistence. The key is to keep going. I think I’ve taken that resilience from walking to running and learned to implement that in other areas of life.”

— Tyrena, BoMFNYC Alum
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From Addiction and Despair to Ultramarathon Glory: The Inspiring Journey of US Army Veteran Shawn
"Back on My Feet not only gave me the community and physical activity I so desperately needed, but I stand taller now, and I have more hope for my future because of the support they continue to give me."

— Shawn, Back on My Feet Austin, Alum
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Luis's Inspiring Journey of Redemption and Love with Back on My Feet: From Injured Veteran to Running Mentor
"With Back on My Feet's help and support, I interviewed for the job feeling confident because of the running, resume prep and interview workshops with Accenture. I had run two marathons. I could do this. And I did. I got the job. Then I applied for a promotion, and I got that too. It reinforced that you get what you put in, just like training."​

— Luis, Back on My Feet New York, Alum and...
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Homelessness to Harvard: Norma's Inspirational Transformational Journey
"The most important thing about this program is that I got love. These people loved me until I learned to love myself again. Today, I walk with my head held higher."

— Norma, Back on My Feet Boston Alum
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Mirinia
From Homelessness to Ivy League Dreams: M's Inspiring Journey of Resilience and Achievement
"Running with people who listen, care, and cheer on my every forward step has been both healing and empowering. With the help of Back on My Feet, I have grown, risen, and now I thrive."

— Mirinia, Back on My Feet Chicago, Alum
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David's Path to Redemption: Overcoming Addiction and Finding Purpose
"I had nowhere to go but up. Back on My Feet showed me that if you show up and run and communicate with others, so many doors will open up for you."

— David, Back on My Feet Baltimore, Alum and Volunteer
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From Unmotivated to Aspiring RN: How Kris Pays it Forward
"I got a job working at a hospital as a dietary aide helping everyone from new babies to people getting intubated. My job is so rewarding, I'm actually sad when I'm not working."

— Kris, Back on My Feet Boston, Alum
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How Emery Discovered Community and Purpose
"I feel like that's not even a job for me. It's just a way to give back to what was given to me freely."

— Emery, Back on My Feet San Francisco, Alum
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From Isolation to Accomplishment: Jamie's Inspiring Journey
"I've recently applied and am interviewing with the Salvation Army shelter as a shelter monitor. I think it's important to give back. The homelessness situation here is very prevalent and perhaps my lived experience of having been in their situation will be inspiring."

— Jamie, Back on My Feet Seattle, Alum
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Be Like Water & Continue to Flow: Artemas' Journey
"The workshops were tremendous. I was computer illiterate. I didn't know anything. What they taught me at the workshop prepared me to take classes online while I go to school."

— Artemas, Back on My Feet Dallas, Alum
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From Homelessness in Dallas to Paying it Forward in Boston
“The people in life that glow are the people that are always helping someone else. You can see how special they are. I'm trying to be that. But it's not about me being better than anyone else. It's about the people who need the help now that I needed then.”

— Tim, Back on My Feet Alum
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CJ's Transformation Through the Power of Compassion, and Connection
"The schooling to become a counselor taught me that the opposite of addiction is connection."

— CJ, Back on My Feet LA, Alum
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Overcoming Addiction Through Healthy Living
"I am diving into healthy living, meaning good sleep, good eating, exercise, volunteer work. I am contributing to the stream of life, where I used to be taking."

— Kevin, Back on My Feet LA, Alum & Volunteer
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Resilience Redefined: Aaron's Journey
"When life gets tough, I don't self-destruct anymore. I keep moving, keep pushing forward."

— Aaron, Back on My Feet Indy, Alum
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From Unhoused Veteran to Marathon FundRacer: Eli's Journey
"I want to help as many people as possible through drug and alcohol recovery. As many as I can possibly help. Inspire other people to become the best possible people they can become in the field they're in."

— Eli, Back on My Feet Atlanta, Alum and FundRacer
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How Running and Community Helped Martin Turn His Life Around
"Before, I didn't have anything to look forward to, but being with Back on My Feet gave me a better start to my morning."

— Martin, Back on My Feet Houston, Alum
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