Turkey Trot So Others Might Eat

Homelessness is a serious problem in DC and the rest of the nation. In 2007, the number of homeless in the US was estimated to be 671,859  (National Alliance to End Homelessness).

It has also been reported that some 1.56 million Americans were homeless at some point in 2009.

So Others Might Eat at 701 O Street, NW., feeds over 800 meals a day.  But it's not just about the chow, it's providing support and service so that they can get back on their feet.

That is why RUNINDC is a strong supporter of programs like Back on My Feet

From the Nov 2009 blog re: Running w/ BOMF

Back on My Feet gives the homeless a second chance to regain control of their lives. The program's mission also exemplifies several of Runin DC's core values. The first of these is "reflecting on relationships" or seeing how we are all connected. Back on My Feet is not a handout; it is about partnerships and seeing ourselves in others. While running and training, the homeless and the trainers support and challenge each other to strive higher.

Back on My Feet is also about "understanding" or empathizing with people--no matter how different they may appear at first glance.

The neat thing about running is that it is a great equalizer. When we're running hard up a hill, it doesn't matter what socioeconomic status you come from. You are working extremely hard -- rich, middle class, or poor -- all of us have to climb the same hill and have to rely on our God-given strengths and stamina to do it.

Sasha Bruce Safe Homes is a wonderful program that provides homes for our young people. All of these programs also provide counseling and classes that can lead young people back to a more stable and supportive family situation.

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