Social Entrepreneur Starts Running Club to Combat Homelessness

Who would think that a group of homeless men could become excited about running? That they could commit to a regular schedule of running—and keep it?[restrict] And that it could boost their feelings of self-worth and self-efficacy? That’s what happened when social entrepreneur Anne Mahlum started a running club for homeless men in Philadelphia. The initiative was so successful that she turned it into a national nonprofit, Back on My Feet, that combats homelessness in 11 cities through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. You can listen to the inspirational story of why Mahlum started the first running club, and how it not only transformed the lives of its members, but transformed Mahlum’s life, too. Click here for Mahlum’s TedTalk, then read more about Mahlum here, and more about Back on My Feet at this link. Then think about it: What is your organization doing to help people in poverty build feelings of self-worth and self-efficacy? How might a program like Back on My Feet benefit the people you serve?[/restrict]

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