By Anna Skinner
When Chrissy Vasquez first became involved in the national nonprofit Back on My Feet, she found her passion.
Serving as Executive Director for Back on My Feet’s Indianapolis chapter, the Fishers resident found her drive with helping homeless persons and aiding the organization, which operates in 12 cities nationwide, including Indianapolis, in revolutionizing the way society approaches homelessness through running. In addition to running, the Next Steps portion of the program then aids homeless in finding jobs, restoring confidence, finding places to live and more once they achieve 90 percent attendance for a month of morning runs
Vasquez was recently selected to serve as the organization’s vice president of operations, in which she supervises seven of the 12 markets, including Indianapolis. She also will be involved with creating policy, procedures and programs, and providing instructions on how to localize efforts. She begins Feb. 15.
“I think my passion is definitely a key driver,” Vasquez said. “I believe whole-heartedly in what we do, and I’m passionate about the work we do and the members and the lives we change. Always in my career, I have been the one that will do anything and not ask how this will benefit me. If it needs to get done, I will do it. Because of that mentality, I’ve picked up a lot of random skills. I didn’t understand how they would all come together, but now it’s almost like this job was written for me.”
Vasquez said she’s found her home in the BOMF-Indianapolis Chapter and will help serve in any way she can.
“I plan on volunteering for the (Indianapolis) chapter and being at the runs and serving in any way I can help,” she said. “I’m excited to help grow the organization and to continue to bring more structure to it because it’s an organization I believe in very much. I’m excited to see the future.”
For more, visit backonmyfeet.org.