PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Some Temple University students in the physical therapy department got some hands-on training Friday. The department held a clinic for members of the non-profit group, Back on My Feet.
Back on My Feet is an organization which uses running as a way to get homeless people back on track, teaching them work and life skills at the same time. Katie Pfeifer is the local coordinator and talks about one man who is a glowing example of what can be accomplished.
“We just recently had a half marathon, and we had one guy who ran, we had several, but one guy ran and he was out there running, he had a group with him keeping him company, and he crossed the finish line and he started crying. He was so excited that he finished,” said Pfeifer.
A half marathon is 13.1 miles. Pfeifer says there are 55 people in the program right now and about 45 alumni who have moved on to independent living. Back on My Feet also offers connections to job training, educational scholarships and housing.
Reported by Kim Glovas, KYW Newsradio