How Did Flourish Get Started?
Across the United States, the collateral consequences of drug addiction and incarceration followed by relapse and returning to jail have damaged the lives and livelihoods of individuals, families, and entire communities.
In 2017, a diverse group of faith leaders, culinary and substance use rehabilitation experts, and community members in Salt Lake City, Utah, came together and developed an innovative solution to these complex social problems; a paid internship program which fosters hope, healing, and accountability while simultaneously teaching the art and skills of professional baking to those recovering from substance use disorders with a history of incarceration. The first group of interns began the program in 2018.
Flourish is the only “Second Chance” long-term recovery, workforce development reentry program in Utah.
Who Does Flourish Serve?
When individuals begin the Flourish Bakery Intern Program, they often are vulnerable, in early recovery, and are at-risk for relapse and returning to jail. Most participants have struggled with the consequences of substance use disorders and justice involvement for the entirety of their adult lives.
Flourish provides these people with a critical “middle space” where they are therapeutically engaged, accountable, and supported while transitioning into a new way of living.
What Makes Flourish Unique?
Flourish is not an alternative to incarceration program. Flourish is also not a recovery center. Flourish is a community focused on life transformation that people join after inpatient recovery, outpatient recovery programs, and/or incarceration.
Transformation is achieved through job training with wrap-around supports designed to assure that individuals do not relapse and/or return to jail. These supports include:
- A living wage of $14/hour while working at the bakery
- A three-to-one ratio of students to culinary instructors
- A daily group reflection and communal meal
- Access to mental health counseling
- A membership to a gym founded on recovery principles
- A set of work clothing
- A weekly writing group
- A focus on financial wellness through counseling services with AAA Fair Credit
Statistics show that this approach is making a difference. The current relapse/recidivism rate in Utah is 76%. The current relapse/recidivism rate for Flourish is zero.
What Are Some Ways I Can Become Involved in Flourish?
Shop our products: Purchase with purpose and buy specialty baked goods that help create opportunities for people to begin again.
Donate to Flourish: Your support will help provide resources to support our intern program. You make a one-time donation or provide sustainable support as a monthly donor. To donate, visit https://flourishslc.networkforgood.com/
Volunteer your time: The heart of Flourish Bakery is in the kitchen and through volunteering, you become a part of this unique community experience. You will join the staff and interns in creating a wonderful selection of baked goods while sharing in a mutual experience of transformation. We ask volunteers to commit to at least a four hour shift and a Food Handlers permit is required. No previous kitchen experience is necessary. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Share our mission: Help us spread the word! Our supporter’s voices are vital for our growth. Be sure to tag us on social media with the #flourishslc hashtag.
When Can I Come Into the Bakery and Where Are You Located?
Flourish Bakery is located at 752 West Center Street, Suite B, in historic downtown Midvale, Utah. We’re open from 8am-4pm, Wednesday through Saturday.