I started the morning at 5:00 a.m. outside of the Bridge homeless shelter. Team Bridge, our 20 people group of both residential and non residential members headed out in our new running shoes to make history. We were a part of the Back on My Feet Dallas launch, starting out with our first breathtaking one mile run, and ending with an inspirational breakfast of over 600 community members.
I will never forget the smiles that I saw today, and the love that radiated throughout Main Street Garden Park. Shouts of "I did it! and I feel great!" resonated as we made a human chute through which every runner passed at the end. We became equals, through running, and through our common goals.
We're a lot alike- you, me, the homeless. We all need to be lifted up and supported. We need that pat on the back and that hug. We need each other.
Everyone has a story. Our days are filled with drama, and tragedy, and comedy. Sometimes they bring despair or regret, but if we're lucky, someone comes along to help us to grow, provide comfort or to give us hope.
We are a lot alike because no matter what our story is, everyone wants and needs love.
I hope that you will consider coming to share your story and your love by volunteering just one morning a week with Back on My Feet.