Welcome to Kevin Minogue's Page
Hi everyone! As some of you may already know, I am training for the Marine Corps Marathon on October 22, 2017. While I have completed two half marathons, this will be my first-ever marathon, and I am proud to run in support of Back on My Feet.
Homelessness happens more than most of us would like to think. People lose jobs, lose their safety net and ultimately lose hope. It happens to parents/children, veterans and senior citizens. Back on My Feet works to change that by helping individuals regain housing, employment and general independence. By starting with a regular morning running schedule, members gain access to all the tools they need to succeed on their own, including educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals and housing resources. Most importantly, Back on My Feet members take full advantage of the chance they have earned: within six months of graduating from the program, 90% of members maintain their employment, 60% receive a wage increase and 20% achieve a promotion. In 2016 alone, Back on My Feet DC helped more than 100 individuals accomplish their goals towards independence, and the program has had a similar impact in 11 other cities across the U.S.
I first came to know Back on My Feet in 2012, when one of my clients sponsored a 5K in support of the DC chapter. The race was at 8 am on a Saturday - not ideal timing for a recent college graduate - but I was quickly roused by several Back on my Feet members leading the crowd in a group stretch. It was a sleepy community 5K, but these members brought an energy that got the whole crowd enthused for the race.
I still remembered that moment a few years later, when I moved to Capitol Hill, and began to join the BOMF Union Station team for morning runs. I am not a morning person, and I often find it difficult to summon the energy for a long morning run by myself, but the Union Station members always bring a positive energy that gives me the extra boost I need to get through a 5:45 am workout. I'm very excited to be able to run on their behalf in October.
Hosting a member for an entire year, including earned access to grants for housing and career-related expenses, costs approximately $1,800. But every little bit helps. I would be incredibly appreciative of any contribution - large or small - that will help our DC chapter make an impact in more members' lives.
Thanks so much!