Back on My Feet Boston Birthday Breakfast

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Happy birthday to Back on My Feet Boston!!!

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This morning, I had the pleasure of celebrating this milestone with members of the BOMF Boston community at a Birthday Breakfast, which was held at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. It was a morning of celebration, inspiration, and a chance to applaud the many accomplishments of members, volunteers, and supporters, who have changed lives through the program.

Last year, I attended this same event, but I wasn’t nearly as involved with the organization, so this morning’s breakfast meant so much more to me. I’m not going to lie, I got a little choked up during it!

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I met the Quincy BOMF team bright and early at Father Bill’s Place, and then we drove into Boston together for the breakfast.

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Woot!! Father Bill’s team representing!

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Sitting with my team at breakfast instead of being part of the “media” (like I was last year) felt incredible. I loved it!

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For breakfast, we enjoyed fresh fruit and hot coffee.

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As well as scrambled eggs, bacon, and potatoes.

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Vic Acosta, Executive Director for BOMF, kicked-off the event by welcoming everyone, saying a few words, and then introducing Anne Mahlum, the Founder and President of Back on My Feet.

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Anne told the audience that the Boston BOMF teams have covered close to 9,000 miles and volunteers have contributed over 5,500 hours. Over 100 shelter residents have been served, with 17 attaining permanent housing, 45 receiving job training, and another 18 obtaining employment. Pretty amazing for a single year, right?

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We also heard from Steve Karagiozis, a current BOMF member, who has quite literally gotten back on his feet. Throughout his life, Steve struggled with alcohol and drug addiction, but with the help of BOMF and Alcoholics Anonymous, he has been sober for 18 months now. Steve said he once used to run from his problems, but now he uses running to fix his problems by helping him think more clearly and make better decisions. At the end of his speech, Steve said BOMF has helped make him “the epitome of potential.” (This is the part where I got choked up.)

The event concluded by thanking each of Boston’s six different team leaders, both resident and non-resident.

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Participating in BOMF every week for the past four months has showed me that this organization is so much more than just running. It’s about giving back and helping others. At the same time, however, BOMF is not about handouts. It’s a program that you get what you give, so residents earn the right for a second chance (e.g. job training, permanent housing, etc.) by waking up three mornings every week to run.

Running doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter who you are. Running can make you feel amazing and help you find potential in yourself. It helps people feel loved, respected, and excited about themselves. Back on My Feet is an organization that I truly proud to be part of.

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47 Comments

  1. I think it’s really great that you’ve gotten involved with BOMF. I’ve read about them in articles and really respected the work they’ve done. Thanks for showing us a bit of an inside look!

  2. Aw so great that you were able to go to the breakfast! I (think) I remember you debating staying in NYC an extra day or going back so you could attend the event, and I think it’s nice that you went. Sounds like it was a winner!

    (Though you can come back to NYC now…)

  3. This sounds like such a wonderful program. I’m a runner and live about a mile away from the location in Quincy. If you need volunteers, I’d love to join the team.

  4. BOMF seems like such an amazing organization- I need to look into whether or not they have a chapter here in D.C. I would love to get involved, even though I’m not the fastest or most experienced runner (in terms of running races).
    -Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter)

  5. What an awesome organization! As a runner, I totally understand the need to run in order to think and solve my problems. It’s my time to focus on me, and hearing that other people discovered this same feeling is amazing 🙂 Keep up the awesome work, BOMF, and you too Tina!

  6. Aww this made me smile! What a great breakfast for such an important cause. That speech from Steve sounds like it was quite the story. Thanks for introducing us to the organization, Tina!

  7. Great post and what a great organization, it must feel so good to be a part of something that has such a positive impact. If you’re looking for more volunteers, I live not too far from Quincy and would be happy to help.

  8. Thanks for sharing the story of Steve. I got a little misty eyed just reading the post myself. Running is awesome and can truly help one create a better life!

  9. It seems like an awesome organization – I’ve never even heard of it before you joined so thanks for shedding some light on it and allowing us a sneak peek into all the good things they do! 🙂

  10. BOMF sounds like a great organization. I like that it’s not just about handouts. Wish there was one in my hometown, I would participate there in a heartbeat.

  11. I was at the breakfast this morning as well! I got choked up a couple of times. What a great mission and powerful testament to the human spirit! A question..how many days a week do you run with the group? I am thinking about joining a running team in support of these men…..

  12. I love this organization but especially Father Bills place. As I have written about on my blog, my journey to sobriety was a long one. I have actually been Father Bill’s place before, and it really does amazing things for a lot of people.

  13. That last paragraph gave me goosebumps- so true! Running can simultatenously give you a sense of both belonging and independence! I am so fortunate that I actually enjoy the sport- it really is wonderful!

  14. I think it’s so great that there is a program that not only gives you life skills, but gives you a second chance at life. Kudos to all the residents, volunteers, and participants. The event looks beautiful! What a great way to celebrate success!

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