One of our wonderful customers sent us an amazing article this week that I just have to share. Its a short read telling the inspiring story of Eric Fair on Good.Is. Once a homeless addict, Eric now runs as a way of turning around his life.
“I think a lot about my past,” Fair says. “But that’s the most peaceful time that I have, when I’m running. I’m in another world.”
Eric was introduced to running by an organization called Back On My Feet, an innovative non-profit organization that promotes the self-sufficiency of homeless populations by engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Wow. Simply brilliant.
The circumstances of homelessness come in all shapes and sizes yet the psychological effects are often similar. While some programs honorably seek to provide the basic necessities of food and shelter, I see Back On My Feet as a rare program addressing those personal challenges which so often portend to be insurmountable obstacles for change. Members like Eric participate in a comprehensive program that offers connections to job training, employment and housing. These benefits are earned by maintaining 90 percent attendance at the morning runs three days a week for our six to nine month program.
We get to hear about amazing programs like Back On My Feet through our giving program where our customers collaborate with us to suggest and annually vote on changemakers that FEARLESS will support with a gift of chocolate and portion of yearly earnings. We gather these stories throughout the year and each December we invite those who have made suggestions to vote among us choosing a single champion to offer our primary support.
If you know of an amazing changemaking individual or organization and you’ve purchased a FEARLESS chocolate bar please write us about it through the Giving section of our website.