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Fernando Landeros

If you are like me, then you are fiercely empathetic for those who are suffering through a spell of homelessness. For folks like me, homelessness never became an option because I had endless support from friends and family. I had people to fall back on. I never really had to miss out on a home-cooked meal. Yet, I too flirted with homelessness. Los Angeles is a beautiful city that is full of hope and opportunity but also full of despair and frustration. IT isn’t easy for ANYONE to survive, much less those who are less privileged.

Finding the patience to continue to fight for a better future is definitely hard when the chips are all stacked against you. This is what the 52,000 + homeless individuals in Los Angeles County face on a daily basis. Facing adversity only to be punched backward instead of forward by banks, social services systems and the legal system. Sometimes it is painfully true; the poor stay poor and get even poorer while the rich get exponentially richer. But the tide is turning, and so many new outside of the box thinkers with new programs and resources are starting to see improvement! Check it: https://www.lahsa.org/documents?id=2059-2018-greater-los-angeles-homeless-count-presentation.pdf

Richness comes in so many flavors, that it is easy to forget that true wealth comes in the form of good health and happiness. It is easy to forget that no matter how much housing and resources you can acquire, real success comes from how mentally and physically fit you can become. It isn’t easy for someone experiencing homelessness to overcome it all. It isn’t easy to get a gym membership, eat right, go to therapy and having meaningful relationships with yourself and others while trying to figure out where you are going to rest your head for the night. I digress.

When I first volunteered with Back on my Feet I automatically received as much as I gave. I myself felt so much gratitude over the years, never having to know real, legitimate homelessness. I felt grateful for my parents, friends and other family who always showed support in kind when I fell off the ladder. They did all they could to help me rise up, clean myself up and acquire a taller ladder. Then they held the ladder.

Working with Back On My Feet, I had the same opportunity to offer this support to complete strangers who were suffering through the same darkness I was. We became each other’s mentors. We became extended family. We met every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 5:30 AM (yes, five in the morning) in 2014 at the Union Rescue Mission in Skid Row and participated in a group run with men and women who were fighting to attain permanent housing. We shared our time, our food and our camaraderie. Through the program (which rewards members according accumulated miles run and attendance to the group training runs) members achieve higher self-esteem and better health. Eventually, through their own work and Back On My Feet’s support, members are able to attain rehabilitation of all kinds, permanent housing, medical insurance, and steady employment.

Please check out the data for yourself! - https://backonmyfeet.org/program/impact/

Thank you for considering a donation to Back On My Feet and for helping to cure homelessness one person at a time, one step at a time and one mile at a time. Your contribution, along with volunteer’s contributions, truly make an impact.

Appreciatively,

Fernando Landeros

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