February 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.

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Grand Opening

The grand opening of 1331 and 1335 South Major Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115 was a smashing success, with an outstanding 277 people working out at our first boot camp on January 7th, 2023.

Thank you to everyone who showed up to celebrate with us!

Recovery Partnership Highlight:

Red Barn Academy

Photo: Red Barn Academy Students & FTR Staff

Fit To Recover would like to thank Mike Haws and Red Barn Academy

for their dedication and commitment to the Utah recovery community. Mike has been a supporter of FTR from the beginning. Mike has continually showed up and supported all of TeamFTR and those struggling with substance use disorders in Utah.

Gratefully, Mike extended his support to the students of Red Barn Academy who consistently show up and work hard (with a smile) at everything they do. Whether they are lifting a weight or a piece of furniture, these gentlemen never disappoint with their professionalism and positive attitudes. Thank you for the unconditional love and support from the beginning.

Member Spotlights'

Sarah Furst, Orem

I came to Fit To Recover with a lot of anxiety about working out. I felt nervous about my physical capabilities.

When I got here, I heard gratitude and felt encouraged. I experienced compassion and empathy.

I've been attending regularly for a few weeks now and what I'm getting from FTR is a deepened level of recovery. I have more compassion for myself. I feel strong and mentally healthier!

Thank you for having FTR in my community

Stuart Batchler, SLC

FTR Provides an environment that is rich in opportunities for growth.

The community Is there to support Me wherever I am in my life. It doesn’t matter if I'm doing well or struggling, they are there for me. I will be 4 years sober Feb 2nd and FTR has been with me the whole way. The Gratitude that we practice has had a profound effect on my growth. The creative Arts have been really important to me as well. I've learned That my creativity is and always has been a part of me and the illusion that I need drugs and alcohol to access it has been totally broken. I've made extraordinary progress with my social anxiety through the support of the FTR community and I'm truly grateful I found this amazing group of people.

Allison Sabo, SLC

FTR has helped me to grow in many ways. I started with fitness classes, rehabbing my back and elbow from injury. The fitness community supported me, and I wasn’t looked down on for taking things at my own pace, for not lifting heavy, and modifying movements. During warm up, I really explore the gym space by dancing or weaving through the rig and I don’t feel judged by others for choosing alternative cardio. The more I learned about the FTR Pillars the more I began to blossom. The Nutrition Pillar has offered a space where my cooking skills can be offered. I get to know people and assist in teaching them how to cook. The Creative Arts Pillar is where I believe I have grown the most. I explore my creativity at paint night and open mic. I feel loved and supported by the staff and community no matter how weird I get. The fitness classes drew me in and this led to the rest of the community. I am accepted no matter my skill level, mood, or appearance. I found my people.


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

(Intro, Advanced, LQBTQ+, Mobility, plus so much more)

Orem, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

FTR Wellness Challenge

Let's Go! We have a 30-prompt challenge offered in all four of our pillars. Visit our front desk for details!

Welcome our Newest Employees to the FTR Family!

Savannah Steffler

Facility Coordinator

Alex Jeffs - McRae

Utah County Outreach Coordinator

Sydney Friedofper

Front Desk (Weekends)


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We want to introduce our new cooking for beginner's class. This class is for those looking to build confidence in the kitchen by learning basic cooking skills. Classes include reading a recipe, basic knife skills, building flavor profiles, using the oven, meal prepping basics, food handling & safety, etc. We hope to see you there!

Recipe of the month:

Shepards Pie

Serves 8


Mashed potatoes

•1.5 lbs. Potatoes

•1 head cauliflower

•3 Tbsp butter

•½ cup milk (more as needed)

Turkey Filling

•1.5 lbs. ground turkey

•4 oz mushrooms, finely chopped

•1 onion; diced

•2 carrots; diced

•2 celery stalks; diced

•1 Tbsp Italian seasoning

•¾ cup broth

•2 cloves garlic

•1 Tbsp tomato paste

•1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce

•Salt and pepper

•1 bag frozen carrots & peas


Cut cauliflower and potatoes into 2-inch chunks and add to instant pot. Add water to cover the bottom of the pot and avoid burning. Set too high for 15 minutes.

Prepare onion, carrots, celery, mushrooms, and garlic as directed. Add to pan and sauté over medium heat till softened. Add tomato paste and 2 tbsp of water and cook until incorporated. Remove from pan into bowl. Add turkey to pan with a bit of oil and cook until no longer pink. Add veggie back in. Add seasonings, Worcestershire sauce, and broth. Simmer uncovered until reduced by half.

In a large baking dish, add turkey filling followed by mashed potatoes. Cover with cheese and finish in over at 425°F for 15 minutes.

We’d like to give a special thanks to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church for allowing us to serve our community by utilizing their kitchen for the past 8 month. You’ve allowed us to significantly expand our program. Thank you for your support.

Creative Arts Pillar

Happy 4 years!

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Winter Extravaganza 2023 was outstanding! Thank you to all of our community partners, to those in recovery from substance use disorders and the families they came to support. Cheers to many more sober social gatherings to come!

Manifold of creative things happening in this space! From choir to open mic night and even a much-needed grief group! Add our Instagram account to stay up to date or simply just stop by and say hi!

Community Service Pillar

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Stay tuned for community service projects coming soon to Salt Lake City and Orem!

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

Clean Slate Summit

Clean Slate Utah Expungement Clinic

Thank you for hosting an incredible event addressing barriers and providing resources. For more information about expunging your criminal records or this amazing organization, click here!

Upcoming Community Events

February 16, 2023


Utah State Capitol Building

350 North State Street

Salt Lake City, UT 84111

Visit USARA's website for more details and to learn about all the great services they provide.

Click here!

March 24, 2023


Salt Palace

Click here to Register for a booth at Project Homeless Connect 2023.

Click here to learn more and/or sign up to volunteer.

Thank you, Mark Miller Subaru!

This month, we would like to thank, Mark Miller Subaru!

FTR is honored to be chosen as the 'Loves to Care' partner for 2023 Love Promise. We look forwarding to our continued relationship with you and all the love provided by both organizations to our community. Thank 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

Walmart 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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