IBJNews

Homeless-aid group up and running in Indianapolis

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

A fast-growing national organization that gets homeless people involved in running is expanding to Indianapolis.

Back on My Feet, founded in Philadelphia in 2007, will launch its seventh chapter here Tuesday with an early-morning run along the Central Canal downtown. The organization has already landed several corporate sponsors, including the JW Marriott, White Lodging and others with a downtown presence. The Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention is also a sponsor.

Back on My Feet forms running teams at homeless shelters. Those participants who maintain attendance and a good attitude become eligible for the “Next Steps” program, which offers educational and job-training opportunities, as well as cash for “approved purchases or investments,” the organization’s website says.

Ten of the runners participating in Tuesday’s launch are homeless veterans and clients of Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation. “We are using every resource available to eliminate homelessness for those who have served our country, and our new partnership with Back on My Feet gives us another way to engage veterans in need and their families,” HVAF CEO Charles Haenlein said in a prepared statement. “It takes dedication, perseverance and strength to run a marathon, and these qualities, when matched with our HVAF career services and programs, will help our clients succeed in finding a job or a home and accomplishing the goals they have for themselves and their families.”

Back on My Feet grew out of a running club that founder Anne Mahlum formed with residents of a homeless shelter that was on her morning jogging route in Philadelphia. The not-for-profit now has chapters in Philadelphia; Washington, D.C.; Baltimore; Chicago; Boston; and Dallas.
 

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Getting involved
    This sounds like a great cause! How can i get involved from a volunteer standpoint? I live in the downtown area and i am a runner.

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Why not take some time to do some research before traveling to that Indiana town or city, and find the ones that are no smoking either inside, or have a patio? People like yourself are just being selfish, and unnecessarily trying to take away all indoor venues that smokers can enjoy themselves at. Last time I checked, it is still a free country, and businesses do respond to market pressure and will ban smoking, if there's enough demand by customers for it(i.e. Linebacker Lounge in South Bend, and Rack and Helen's in New Haven, IN, outside of Fort Wayne). Indiana law already unnecessarily forced restaurants with a bar area to be no smoking, so why not support those restaurants that were forced to ban smoking against their will? Also, I'm always surprised at the number of bars that chose to ban smoking on their own, in non-ban parts of Indiana I'll sometimes travel into. Whiting, IN(just southeast of Chicago) has at least a few bars that went no smoking on their own accord, and despite no selfish government ban forcing those bars to make that move against their will! I'd much rather have a balance of both smoking and non-smoking bars, rather than a complete bar smoking ban that'll only force more bars to close their doors. And besides IMO, there are much worser things to worry about, than cigarette smoke inside a bar. If you feel a bar is too smoky, then simply walk out and take your business to a different bar!

  2. As other states are realizing the harm in jailing offenders of marijuana...Indiana steps backwards into the script of Reefer Madness. Well...you guys voted for your Gov...up to you to vote him out. Signed, Citizen of Florida...the next state to have medical marijuana.

  3. It's empowering for this niche community to know that they have an advocate on their side in case things go awry. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lrst9VXVKfE

  4. Apparently the settlement over Angie's List "bundling" charges hasn't stopped the practice! My membership is up for renewal, and I'm on my third email trying to get a "basic" membership rather than the "bundled" version they're trying to charge me for. Frustrating!!

  5. Well....as a vendor to both of these builders I guess I have the right to comment. Davis closed his doors with integrity.He paid me every penny he owed me. Estridge,STILL owes me thousands and thousands of dollars. The last few years of my life have been spent working 2 jobs, paying off the suppliers I used to work on Estridge jobs and just struggling to survive. Shame on you Paul...and shame on you IBJ! Maybe you should have contacted the hundreds of vendors that Paul stiffed. I'm sure your "rises from the ashes" spin on reporting would have contained true stories of real people who have struggled to find work and pay of their debts (something that Paul didn't even attempt to do).

ADVERTISEMENT