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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
alumni stories
Finding Love, Acceptance, and Self-Transformation: Paul's Journey of Recovery
"The highlight of my day was when volunteers would come in. They would look past my addiction and my past and have a real life conversation with me."

— Paul, Back on My Feet Los Angeles, Alum
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From Chaos to Regaining a Life: Albert's Journey
"When you're in an addiction, you don't really care about anything. All of the skills you've learned about resumes, careers, and goals goes to the wayside. You're too busy focusing on survival. When I was homeless, I knew that wasn't me."

— Albert, Back on My Feet Denver, Alum
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The Power of Dignity & Found Family: Jaime's Story
"People from Back on My Feet text me all the time to see how I’m doing. It’s real family."

— Jaime, Back on My Feet Dallas, Alum
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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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How Small Steps and Community Support Transformed Nicole's Life
"Back on My Feet has been amazing in helping me restore my life." — Nicole, San Francisco, 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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Beyond the Darkest Point: Melvin's Story of Perseverance
“The strong foundation and good training from Back on My Feet helped me open more doors than I ever knew I could.”

—Melvin, Back on My Feet Houston, Alumni
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Running Toward a Brighter Future: Bradley's Inspiring Transformation
“I hope that day never comes that I’m not with Back on My Feet.”

— Bradley, Back on My Feet Philadelphia, Alum
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From Homeless to Providing Hope: Mike's Story
"I don't live in anger anymore. I'm more service oriented. I get my rewards for helping other people, whether it's volunteering at the water station, going to Circle Ups as an alumni, and giving back."

— Mike, Back on My Feet Indianapolis, Alum
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From Unmotivated to Aspiring Registered Nurse
"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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