Posted on January - 11 - 2013 2 Comments

An estimated 636,017 people experience homelessness in the U.S. on a given night.* For eight months, Al was one of them. Though he couldn’t afford to pay, Al joined the Y through the Keep It Movin’ program, which trains the homeless for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k.
Al trained every Saturday and completed the race. He said he did it not only for him, but for the Y. “On the streets you had a rule to be loyal to the people that were loyal to you first. The Y was loyal to me first and did something for me for free. They believed in me and gave me a chance. I felt I owed something to them in return.”
Al also credits the Y with helping him land a job. “It felt like I deserved something. The Y believed in me when they didn’t even know me.”

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