Thank you United Way Salt Lake for supporting our Evidence-based Social Impact (ESI) Initiative! The purpose of the ESI initiative is to ensure that our substance use disorder treatment programs are implemented as designed in the research, with fidelity, to achieve specific outcomes for people struggling with a substance use disorder.
This a special year in the recovery world. On September 9th, Faces and Voices for Recovery will join USARA in hosting their national Rally for Recovery event in Salt lake City. People from all over the country will come to SLC to celebrate and advocate, sharing their voices, strength, and expertise to help all of us become stronger and better able to meet the needs of individuals, families, and our community.
There are many faces of drug addiction and, as this article points out, we must change the perception of what is considered ok in terms of drug use and who, in our communities, is struggling with addiction.
Today we launched our first ever online auction, through Bidding for Good, to raise additional funds for treatment services! Please check out our auction (see link below) - we have some great items ... 7 nights at a beautiful oceanside property in Mexico, a Moab adventure package, tickets to Red Butte Garden and Deer Valley Music Festival, dinner for two at Hell’s Backbone Drill, a trip for two to the Cliff Spa at Snowbird Resort, and so much more!
Today, we officially launched our pay for success program - REACH. We are grateful for Salt Lake County government, Sorenson Impact Center, Third Sector Capital Partners, University of Utah's Criminal Justice Center, Adult Probation and Parole (AP&P), our pay for success investors, and all of our partners for making this possible.
Last night, SLC Police Chief Mike Brown visited First Step House with five police officers and a social worker. They came to talk to the men in treatment as a result of Project Diversion. Project Diversion, also known as "Special Project" is a multi-agency effort established to provide immediate access to substance abuse and mental health treatment for homeless people struggling with addiction and criminal involvement. Last night, the police officers came to have dinner.
If you haven't had a chance yet, check out one of SLC's new affordable housing projects located at 440 South 900 East! Our city has made a serious commitment to creating affordable housing. And it shows.
Thank you to all 170 donors for helping us SURPASS our $15K Love Utah, Give Utah goal. Thanks to all of you we raisaed $15,800 for treatment scholarships. More Treatment = Saving Lives. So, we thank you. Truly.
In TWO DAYS we will be put to the test.
There are over 100 people on our waiting list who have nowhere else to turn for help. It is up to us, all of us, to make sure that people receive the treatment they desperately need.
It is March which means...March Madness...budding tulips...and..drum roll...Love Utah, Give Utah! Our biggest annual 24-hour fundraiser to raise funds for TREATMENT SCHOLARSHIPS is just around the corner on March 30th! But you can actually schedule your donation today! Yes, it's true - no need to wait until March 30th to make your donation - you can visit our Razoo page and enter your info and we will receive it on the 30th.