April 2023

Welcome to the FTR Newsletter! Stay updated on new programs

and events, media highlights and what our awesome

volunteers and donors are doing for our recovery community.

Thank you for your support!

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Recovery Partnership Highlight:

Power Forward

Photo: Vickie Shaw (Vice President) Rachel Santizo (Program Director at Utah County) & Ian Acker (Founder & CEOof FTR) accepting a donation from Power Forward that will further help us serve those who need support in our community.

Power Forward Utah is committed to changing outcomes for those struggling with this deadly disease by breaking the stigma of Substance Use Disorder through empowerment, education and innovation. Power Forward believes there is life after SUD and freedom from the cycle of relapse when individuals, families and communities have access to resources that allow people to recover with dignity and live a full life in recovery. Thank you for your support, Power Forward!

Member Spotlights'

Andrea Brickey, SLC

Dear FTR-

This is my love letter to you...

I am so lucky to be able to share the ways FTR has changed my life! I am so grateful my sobriety led me here! 

Let me tell you how I love thee...let me count the ways... SO MANY! 

FTR has helped me to love myself more. Just walking through the doors and engaging in the workouts & connecting with people has helped me to love myself more & sped up my journey of letting go of the shame and negative thoughts.

I feel supported here more than any other place I have belonged to or any community group I have been a part of.

Fit to Recover is a gift. I finally found my sober community here which was lacking for 3 lonely years of sobriety. When I started working out I thought... "You mean I can be a part of a sober community that has fun, blasts awesome music, & spreads joy?" My sobriety looks completely different now.


Thank you!

Brady Kotter, SLC

FTR for me feels as though it ought to be one of those older "priceless" Visa commercials. FTR has been instrumental in my recovery by means of a safe, loving environment in which each and every individual has a sincere genuine interest in my well-being. The connection I've been so grateful and fortunate to be immersed in here at FTR has helped catalyze the healing process for me by facing my shame directly with connection and love. Shame withers in such environments and I am a member for life. Recovery is difficult, learning I can indeed do hard things without falling apart has been a valued experience. The shared humanity within and throughout FTR is PRICELESS to me and amongst my most cherished possessions.

Sally Fuller, Orem

When I was in inpatient recovery, I was eager to overcome my alcoholism. I started FTR when I was two days into my recovery. I didn’t have much energy or physical endurance. I showed up and gave it my all. I will never forget what Ian said to our group that day he said “if all of you put in as much work into your recovery as Sally did today, then you will be successful.” I felt a great deal of hope that day that I can do hard things and succeed. FTR is a place where I feel safe, accepted and motivated. When I’m with my fellow addicts and we cheer each other on, I feel like I can overcome my weaknesses and cravings. I have seen a huge transformation in my physical appearance since that first day. I am so grateful for FTR!


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Check out our new Salt Lake City schedule and specialized classes we offer!

Orem, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

Upcoming New Classes for Salt Lake City Fitness

Join us!!

  • April 7th @ 6:30pm Friday night lights - join us for a fun workout and pizza afterwards! This class with re-occur every 1st Friday of the month

  • April 15th from 2-4:00pm barbell workshop - focusing on power cleans and deadlifts from 2-4pm

  • April 21st @ 6:30pm - We will be hosting a cornhole tournament! This group with re-occur every third Friday of the month

These new groups are subject to change, please call the front desk for more information or if you have any questions.


Diamond Recovery

We are excited to welcome Diamond Recovery to the Fit To Recover Community. Thank you for your support!


Benchmark Youth

We are excited to welcome Benchmark Youth to the FTR family! Thank you for your involvement in our community and taking on a 6 week program that includes three of our four pillars. We look forward to sharing space with you!

Welcome our Newest Employees to the FTR Family!

Korky Ollerton

Creative Arts Coordinator


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Food to recover has welcomed many community guest chefs this past month. We are so grateful for those who shared their talents, family recipes, and leadership with our community. Thank you to all of the community members who supported our guest chefs as well, it was fun to celebrate community with food and laughter. We plan to have another month of guest chefs here in at the FTR kitchen so check out our social media to see what's upcoming!

MONDAY 5:30 - Cook to connect - This group cooks together and leaves with 3 meals to take home. 20$ a class

WEDNESDAY - Community Chef - This group is led by a community member as a guest chef, the group takes home 1 meal. 10$ a class

Creative Arts Pillar

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What an amazing month for the Creative Arts Pillar! We have added several new groups, have been able to bring in more treatment centers to experience creativity in the new space and had the honor of hosting some incredible events. We have also started our guest artist series on Thursdays, so if you are an artist in the community who is open to sharing your skills and talents with others, let us know! We hope you will join us in the venue for some creativity and connection! Please check out our new schedule and look for events that will be happening in the venue!


Mondays: Singer-Songwriter group 5-6:30 (capped at 10)

                  Choir (vocal ensemble): 7:00-8:30

Wednesdays: Music Group - 6:30-8:00

Thursdays: Music Group (capped at 12): 5-6:15

                    Art Group: 6:30-8:00

Friday: Open Mic Night - 6:30-when evah!

Studio time by appointment!

 Contact Tony: 801-867-5798 or tony@fit2recover.org

Creative Arts ; Utah County

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Utah County held its first Creative Arts group! It was so much fun, and we are happy to announce we will be offering an art group every third Thursday of the month with John Hobbins. We are excited to continue to lean into growth and offer more to the community! Thank you, John!

For more questions about art classes at Utah County contact

Alex Jeffs-McRae, UT County Community Coordinator at:


Community Service Pillar

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Utah County Location

Utah County's service project was a huge success. We are looking forward to our next service project on Saturday 4/1/23 from 11:30-1:30 at the Utah County Location

1221 S 1840 W Orem, UT 84058

Contact Alex to see how you can help!

Alex Jeffs-McRae, UT County Community Coordinator at:


Salt Lake City Location

Our service project on 3/25 consisted of community members and treatment centers coming together to hand out hygiene kits and dog food to unsheltered people in the community. Thank you to everyone who showed up and who were of service!

JOIN US at our next community service Project for the SLC location on April 22nd from 8:00am - 11:00 for an Earth Day cleanup of the Jordan River!

All Ages and abilities are welcome! Some of the amazing projects include:

Tree planting, in river canoe clean-up, trail maintenance, art projects and more!

Contact James Ririe for more information on how you can be of service!


Looking for community service hours? We've got you covered! Please contact:

Salt Lake County - Kristin at (702) 708-5963

Utah County - Alex at (801) 592-3602

Upcoming Community Events

Utah County FTR's 1st annual 5k on Sat. April 29th at 8am

We would love the support in growing our Utah County Fit To Recover community! We are looking for sponsors & race day volunteers. Any further questions regarding sign-up, more information or if you would like to help volunteer, please contact:

Alex Jeffs-McRae, UT County Community Coordinator at:

801-592-3602 or email at alex@fit2recover.org

** If interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact:

Rachel Santizo at rachel@fit2recover.org

Scan the QR code below to register for the Utah County 5K:

Thank you, Sobriety Foundation!

This month, we would like to thank Susan Peterson with Sobriety Foundation. Founded in 2012, Sobriety Foundation, formerly SOL Scholarship Foundation, helps adults residing in Utah, with substance use disorders with sober living costs through scholarships. Thank you, Susan for being so supportive with what we do at both our Orem and SLC locations. We apprecieate you!

Thank You to our

Corporate & Foundation Partners:


Amy & Patrick Schlight

Aqua Recovery

Balance House


Brighton Recovery

Charlie's Produce

Craig Journal Man

Davidson Sales & Engineering

Dominion Energy

Eide Bailly

Evolve medical

Floor and Decor

George S. & Dolores D. Eccles Foundation

Graef Foundation

Henry W. & Leslie M. Eskuche Foundation

Hopkin Oral Surgery


Intermountain Healthcare

JNF Foundation

K, N, C - P.

Lou Swaringen

Mark Miller Subaru

Marriner S. Eccles Foundation

Martha & Jory Macomber

Masonic Foundation of Utah

Millcreek Nutrition

More Group

Moving forward Counseling


Nano Smoothie

Nick Zurn

Park City Community Foundation


Slave 2 Nothing Foundation


Sobriety Foundation

Sorenson Legacy Foundation


Steve Achelis Foundation

Sunshine Painting

Tom and Christy Hinkley

Technology Marketing

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Foundation 

The Community Foundation of Utah

Upfront Plumbing


Utah Medical Association


Watson Family

Zions Bank


And Thank You to our Recovery Partners!

Acqua Recovery - Alpine - Ardu Recovery - Ascend Recovery - Balance House - Brighton Recovery - Correctional Addiction Treatment Services (CATS) Program - CORE (Valley Behavioral Health) - First Step House - Journey Treatment Centers - La Europa - Life Balance - Newport - Next Step - Odyssey House - Papilion - Park City Jail - Pinnacle Recovery - Recovery Ways - Red Barn - Renaissance Ranch Treatment Centers - Steps Recovery - Strong Hope/Salt Lake Behavioral Health - Summit County Jail - The Other Side Village - Turning Point Recovery - USARA - Valley Phoenix



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