Back on My Feet is a national non-profit that helps save the lives of people experiencing homelessness and battling addiction right here in Atlanta. At the Salvation Army shelter (Team Sally) most of our teammates are veterans going through a substance abuse recovery program. We combat homelessness through the power of running, community support, as well as essential employment and housing resources. Homelessness isolates individuals from the norms of everyday life and leaves them distanced from the community support most people rely on daily.
We meet as strangers, but something happens when you hug instead of shake hands, circle up to say the Serenity Prayer, and head out on a run together at 5:45am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s hard not to become fast friends, and it’s harder not to consider one another family as the days and weeks turn into months and years of friendship!
In 6 years there, I’ve witnessed my teammates get their GED, finish a Bachelor’s degree, complete the training they need to land their dream job, and be reunited with their families. I’ve watched as my friends move out of the shelter and into apartments, and then come back to us as alumni. In short, I’ve witnessed enough miracles to know that I am willing to come to you to beg you to please donate.
This program works, but we need your help. On September 21st, Back On My Feet Atlanta will host our 8th annual Meaningful Miles 5k. This is the only race that we host all year and the entire proceeds stay local. Dollars raised through your tax deductible donation ensure that we can continue to help the homeless population get back on their feet-- literally and figuratively.
“For every dollar donated, $2.50 goes back into the local community.” CEO Back On My Feet, Katy Sherratt
To give you an idea of the impact your donation could have:
- $50 can provide winter running gear for a member
- $100 can purchase a public transportation card to ensure safe and reliable transportation to and from work.
- $250 can provide basic furnishings, such as a bed, for a new home.
- $500 can provide enrollment fees, materials, tools and books to go back to school to learn a trade or begin a professional career.
- $1000 provides a security deposit and first month’s rent to help a member secure a home.
- $2500 covers the cost of 25 members to go through our computer literacy or financial literacy program to ensure success after employment.