PHILADELPHIA, March 30, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Back on My Feet, the national nonprofit that seeks to revolutionize the way society approaches homelessness, announces today its expansion to San Francisco in November 2016. The expansion will take place during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and will combat homelessness in San Francisco through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources.
Back on My Feet San Francisco aims to help San Francisco's homeless community, which has grown to more than 7,500 individuals, marking the city's highest homeless population in a decade. Expanding to San Francisco is the beginning of a growth phase for Back on My Feet and part of their strategic plan to expand to 5 additional U.S. cities and internationally by 2020.
"Back on My Feet has served more than 5,000 homeless individuals, helping 3,500 find employment and housing in 11 cities across the U.S. We are confident that our innovative and results orientated program will help transform the San Francisco homeless community," says Back on My Feet CEO, Katy Sherratt. "To deliver the greatest impact, we need this great city's support. We are calling on San Francisco's outstanding running community and countless philanthropic and innovative business and community leaders to partner with us to tackle homelessness."
Through the help of volunteers, donors and community support, the unique Back on My Feet running- based, restorative model demonstrates that if you first build confidence, strength and self-esteem, individuals are better equipped to tackle the road ahead and move toward jobs, homes and new lives. In an economic impact study commissioned by Back on My Feet and validated by an external consulting group, for every $1 invested in the organization, there is a $2.39 return to the local community. This is achieved through increased economic output from employment and reduction in costs for shelter, medical services, incarceration and addiction treatment.
The organization is currently seeking seed funding to support the launch, individuals interested in joining our local Board and corporate sponsorships for its first annual gala to be held February 2017.
Visit www.sanfrancisco.backonmyfeet.org to learn more and get involved.
About Back on My Feet
Back on My Feet combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Operating in 11 major cities coast-to-coast, Back on My Feet recruits members at homeless and residential facilities and begins with a commitment to run three days a week.
The second phase of the program, Next Steps, provides educational support, job training programs, employment partnership referrals and housing resources. Since 2007, Back on My Feet has served more than 5,500 individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness and engaged more than 100,000 volunteers and supporters. Our members have run a collective 500,000 miles and obtained more than 3,500 jobs and homes. Every $1 invested in Back on My Feet returns nearly $2.50 to the local community through increased economic output and cost savings. Through our innovative program, Back on My Feet proves that there is hope, that individuals can achieve things they never thought possible and that there are people who will support them along the way. For additional information, visit www.backonmyfeet.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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