December 2019

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Thank you for your support!
YOU Make Our Days Merry and Bright
Giving Tuesday Gave More than Just Money

147 People Showed Up
76,644 Movements Performed
$34,524 Raised for People in Recovery

Giving Tuesday made us grateful for everyone who participated and for everyone who donated from afar.
Giving Tuesday showed us the power of community, and the impact we can have when we team up together for a cause.
Giving Tuesday affirmed the important work that FTR does it has given us new energy to enter 2020.
Giving Tuesday gave us a generous amount of money, but above all, it gave us Hope, Connection, and Gratitude.
Member Highlight: Carly Ziegler
Carly is one of the hardest workers in the gym. She is always willing to push herself, and is an amazing example of a person in recovery! 
She is kind, insightful and intense and we are so lucky we get to spend time with her in the gym

Carly appreciates Frank's coaching, noting her one of her favorite Frank quotes, "it doesn't matter how you feel about them [zercher squats], as long as you're open to what they will teach you."
Join our Sunday Powerlifting Class at 9AM
Over the past month, we have practiced proper technique for the back squat, deadlift, bench press, and overhead press. Moving forward we will start the actual training on these movements.

We will also be practicing accessory lifts that will help address specific issues with each of the main lifts.

Training for increased strength is a great way to build discipline, humility, self-confidence and most importantly community.

All are welcome!
NUTRITION/Food to Recover  
FTR Friendsgiving was a HIT!

Member Highlight: Chris Henry

Chris is a Professional chef and FTR member, who we can always count on Chris to support our food endeavors! Chris provided all the equipment to serve the Friendsgiving dishes and helped Rose and team prep all the delicious food! Thank you, Chris, we could not have done it without you!
Staff Highlight: Our amazing dietitian, Rose, had a busy month, providing nourishment for both the Friendsgiving and Giving Tuesday events. She led a wonderful team of volunteers and always kept that bright smile on her face.
Rose is always willing and jumps right with the biggest smile on her face. Every Tuesday night you will catch Rose with a full kitchen of people at CMP. She’s developing new relationships with treatment centers and took on big projects like our Thanksgiving celebration and provided our community with energizing snacks throughout the day on GT. FTR is grateful Rose is part of the team and we are proud of the amazing job she is doing with our nutrition pillar.

 December 13th we are hosting a special cooking class for Christmas in the FTR kitchen.

5:30-6:30 PM Bring your kids for a fun night together, full of Holiday Cheer!

This month, our Creative Expression pillar had the opportunity to perform at a Soap2Hope event. Soap2Hope is a nonprofit that provides services to men and women experiencing some of their darkest times. Their recent fundraiser gave many people in recovery a chance to share their voices. FTR’s music group wrote and performed at this fundraiser to share their experience and strength. 
Open Studio for the month:
December 7th & December 21
12-2 PM

We will be teaming up with Flourish Bakery and Utah Harm Reduction Coalition on December 21, 2019 at 12PM. We will meet at 900 w North Temple.
It will be an afternoon of providing our homeless community services for the holidays. Our partners, Flourish Bakery, will be there with their delicious food truck providing something warm to eat and drink. Fit to Recover will be handing out coats, sweaters, hats, scarves, and hand warmers. And UHRC will be providing their services to those experiencing homelessness.
P lease help us by gathering donations for this event. You can drop these items at the gym for our December outreach:
-New or gently used coats and warm sweaters
-Hand and Feet warmers
Contact Nicolette at  if you have any questions or would like to donate to our outreach. Call the gym if you need donations to be picked up!
We are Grateful for our Supporters!
Every month, we provide a Shout Out not only to our community members, but also the Supporters that make our continued work possible.

Thank you this month to Tamara Bingham who runs the CATS program at the Salt Lake County Jail. She has been integral in allowing FTR to provide services inside the Jail and to be able to provide a support system for people getting out of the CATS program.
Lindsay always has a smile and goes the extra mile for anyone that walks through the door

Nicollette has really come into her own at FTR

To FTR for having First Step House

Lindsay, you are amazing! Keep smiling. You make FTR a warmer place just with your presence.
MISSION: FTR's mission is to provide people in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse with a safe place to connect through exercise, nutrition, creative expression and community service.

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Special thanks to our Champion donors:
The George S. and Dolores D. Eccles Foundation
The Sorenson Legacy Foundation
The Lawrence T. and Janet T. Dee Foundation
Episcopal Diocese of Utah 
Intermountain Healthcare
Val and Edith Green Foundation
Stephen and Suzanne Acker
Larry H. Miller Charities
Nicholas Zurn Scholarship Fund
The Macomber Family Foundation
Utah Medical Association
The Wheeler Foundation
Smith's Foods
United Way of Salt Lake
Zions Bank 

And to our Recovery Partners!
Acqua Recovery - Ascend Recovery - Balance House - Brighton Recovery - Discovery House- Flourish Bakery-The Haven - Odyssey House - Pinnacle Recovery- Recovery Ways - Renaissance Ranch Treatment Centers - Salt Lake County Youth Services - Strong Hope/Salt Lake Behavioral Health- Turning Point