Last week, I began to look closer at American Culture to see how other cultures view us. This article about homelessness described a common cultural experience for many Americans and even though many people would like to ignore it, I think that we need to do more and spread the word as often as we can. So I wanted to take the time to share this as part of my intercultural communication experience.
http://www.austin360.com/news/lifestyles/recreation/fit-city-back-on-my-feet-running-program-for-homel/nSY8Y/ is another article worth reading. A running program for homeless people was started by one woman and has now expanded to six cities. Using her own personal struggles with her father’s drug addictions, she was able to inspire homeless people one at a time, to a healthier body by running and in so doing, eventually regain a healthier life. Below is an excerpt from the article:
“Running has always made me feel like I can do anything,” she says.
She persuaded the director of the shelter to let her start a running club. She brought the handful of interested residents new shoes and running clothes donated by a local store. She made them sign a contract, promising to attend three mornings a week. They had to come with a positive attitude; they had to respect their teammates.
“I demanded nothing but excellence and no excuses,” she says. “It was a 100 percent commitment. Those were the rules.”