SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Back on My Feet, the national nonprofit that seeks to revolutionize the way society approaches homelessness, will open its doors in San Francisco on November 18 to its newest chapter. The expansion will take place during National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week ( November 12 - 20) and will combat homelessness in San Francisco through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. The new chapter will debut with an inaugural run at Parisoma (169 11 th Street) with Back on My Feet participants from partner shelters across the city from 7:00 am - 8:30 am PST on Friday, November 18.
Back on My Feet's newest chapter aims to help San Francisco's homeless community, which has grown to more than 7,500 individuals, 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 the organization's strategic plan to expand to five additional U.S. cities and internationally by 2020. "Homelessness is a critical societal issue that is alarmingly prevalent in San Francisco," says Back on My Feet CEO Katy Sherratt. "Our goal is to enable positive change in the community and have a major impact on the lives of those experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. We are eager to join the San Francisco community in helping to tackle one of the city's most pressing challenges." Back on My Feet recruits members at homeless and residential facilities and begins with a commitment to run three days a week. Through the help of more than 100,000 volunteers, donors and community supporters, the organization's unique, 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. Through the organization's 'Next Steps' program more than 4000 Back on My Feet members have obtained jobs and homes.