Can running with those experiencing homelessness really change your life? Come find out. 

Back on My Feet recruits members at homeless and residential facilities across the country and begins with a member's commitment to run three days a week in the early morning.  After 30 days in the program, members with 90% attendance earn the opportunity to move into the second phase of the program called Next Steps, which provides education, employment and housing opportunities.

Our members don’t accomplish this regimen alone.  They do it alongside the support of volunteer runners like you.

What’s the Commitment? Volunteers meet in the early morning at one of our locations and run between one and five miles with our members. Back on My Feet sees different physical abilities among members so we encourage all runners, joggers and walkers to become a part of our growing community. We run every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, but the desired volunteer commitment is once a week. If you fall in love with the team (which, we think you will) then join us as often as you'd like.

Can I Help Lead a Team? Of course! Each team has a "core" group of volunteers, people who take on additional responsibilities to help Back on My Feet staff make sure the team is fully functional and organized. Let our program staff know if you are interested in assuming one of these roles.

Do I Need to Do Anything Before Coming Out?  Yes! Everyone interested in volunteering with Back on My Feet is asked to attend a 60-minute orientation. At orientation, we talk about our program and mission, discuss issues surrounding homelessness, elaborate on the role of our volunteers and answer questions. We will equip you with all the information needed to get started with a Back on My Feet team, and by the time we finish, you'll be ready (and eager) to get running!

Where Are the Runs?

Union Station
50 Massachusetts Ave, NE, Washington DC (Meet in front of the Liberty Bell); Map here
Runs: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:45am

Clean and Sober Streets 
Runs: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:45am
Meets at 500 New Jersey Ave, NW, Washington, DC; Map here
(closest metro stop is Judiciary Square, roughly 0.25 miles away)

Emery House
Meets at 1st and R Street, NW (Across from Big Bear Cafe); Map here
Runs: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:45am 
(closest metro stop is New York Ave., roughly 0.5 mile away)

La Casa 
1131 Spring Rd. NW Washington DC (Meet at the corner of 10th St and Spring Rd); Map here
Runs: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:45am 
(closest metro stop is either Petworth or Columbia Heights; both roughly 0.5 miles away)

Guest House

1 East Luray Ave. Alexandria, VA; Map here -or-

5473 Sheffield Ct. Alexandria, VA; Map here

Runs: Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 5:45am 

(closest metro stop is Braddock Road; roughly 0.7 miles away)