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Mahlum said “Running doesn't discriminate. It doesn't matter whether you'rewhite, black, rich, poor, homeless or not. I wanted to share this sport with these guys in hopes they would reap the same benefits I did -- better self-esteem, confidence and discipline. But, it didn't take long to see that it was turning into so much more.” This club created an environment for these individuals where they were treated with respect, appreciation, and genuine care regardless of race, religion or socio-economic status. Eventually, Mahlum had an idea to start a program that started with the running. As member ran, they would connect to job training and educational programs, employment partners, housing opportunities, and even approved grant money with the dedication, hard work, and commitment earned from running. However, the members could only reach these opportunities as theywere ready for the step (Mahlum, 2010).Mahlum ended up founding a non-profit organization to help the homeless turn their lives around called “Back on My Feet.” The program does not make people participate. Individuals chose to participate- they are there because they want to be, they are there because they found something that gives them something they need- respect, value, appreciation and friendship.
This program helps people identify their potential and fill their heart with hope, happiness, and prosperity (Mahlum, 2010).Maslow’s hierarchy of needs can explain this best. These individuals were hungry, so they looked for food. When it was cold, they searched for shelter. Above those needs in the pyramid is the desire to be recognized, valued, appreciated, loved, and cared for. These desires never die, and as they are met there is a great chance more will be achieved also. The program does not make people participate. Individuals chose to participate- they are there because they want to be, they are there because they found something that gives them something they need- respect, value, appreciation and friendship (Mahlum, 2010).Remember, Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life” (ESV). It is always good to have hope, and it is a need that all of us have. With hope there is a sense of direction, and as a need is fulfilled one will proper. ReferencesBible. English Standard Version. Bourke, H. (2006). George Elton Mayo (1880-1949). Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved from -elton-7541Mahlum, A, M. (2010). Homeless turn lives around step by step. CNN. Retrieved from McLeod, S. (2007). Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Simply Psychology. Retrieved from Milakovich, M., & Gordon, G. (2013). Public administration in america(11th ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.