Back on My Feet at LA Boulders

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LA Boulders recently had the pleasure of hosting Back on My Feet, an organization that helps individuals struggling with addiction and homelessness get back on their feet through running.

Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help those experiencing homelessness change the way they see themselves so they can make real change in their lives that results in employment and independent living. The organization’s mission is not to create runners within the homeless population, but to use running to create self-sufficiency in the lives of those experiencing homelessness. The program’s success is measured by how many members obtaining independence through employment, job training and housing. Through dedication and hard work, Residential Members (those experiencing homelessness) earn the opportunity to create a new road for themselves. Running leads to personal transformation and dedication to the program leads to access to training, employment and housing resources. Through community and corporate support, the program strives to change the perception of homelessness.
– BoMF

Outreach Programs at Berkeley IronworksSocial Coordinator Melissa Arcaro runs with a group out of the Union Rescue Mission in Skid Row. They meet Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings and run for an hour. “Through running, the members gain confidence and engage in a healthy activity that helps promote positive habits into their lifestyles,” said Arcaro.

Melissa is always looking for unique physical activities to help strengthen their team, which is why she turned to LA Boulders for a fun filled and active group event. Here at the LA.B, we’re always happy to introduce new climbers to the wonderful world of bouldering, especially when they have such a noble mission and commitment to staying active and healthy.

“We all had such a great time and it was exactly the team building experience that we were looking for. Being able to spend time with each other outside of our normal runs doing something that is fun, active, and challenging is such a treat,” Melissa said. “I personally had way more fun than I had anticipated. I live right up the street from you all and I’m bringing three friends in this week!”

“The group had a great attitude and they were all ready and willing to try new things,” said staffer Roxy. “It’s great to see a group of adults challenge themselves like that!”