/ By Debra Rainey /
Imagine being homeless, hopeless, and having someone say: “Here’s a pair of sneakers. Take an early morning run with me. You might just turn the corner to a better life.”
Los Angeles has the nation’s second largest population of homeless people. It’s also home to one of 12 chapters of Back on My Feet, a national nonprofit working to transform society’s approach to homelessness — using running as the hook to restore confidence, strength, and self-esteem in the lives of homeless people.
Back on My Feet has strong data to prove that its unique approach — which also includes counseling, job training, housing placement, and other services — has made a strong and positive economic, health, and social impact in communities.
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Debra Rainey is manager of communications at Independent Sector.