Sarah's thoughts on her painting donations to VOA Teen Shelter:
Every year, thousands of Utah teens spend their nights huddled under viaducts, sprawled out on the cold ground of Pioneer Park or perhaps seeking refuge on a bench outside the downtown public library. For these homeless youth, having no safe place to call home, the street life has become their only option. Beginning in the Spring of 2016, The Volunteers of America will seek to change that. Located at 900 South and 400 West, the new Home 4 Teens will provide overnight shelter to teens seeking asylum from the streets. Sarah Kappos, FTR’s Artist-in-Residence, has donated 3 large mural paintings to adorn the Home 4 Teens walls. The paintings are a collaborative effort, sponsored by Fit to Recover and created with the help of hundreds of patrons and fellow recovering peoples attending the 2015 Recovery Day. For many of them, for whom homelessness was very much a reality in the face of their addictions, the paintings are a labor of love and service.
Rachel Santizo addresses The Homeless Persons Memorial and Candlelight Vigil, December 17, 2015. Read her heart-felt and moving remarks here.
Why? -by Josh Hall (2016) [click the guitar]
The creation of this song was powerful in how it happened, spontaneous, synchronous, and interesting. But unlike sobriety this song came effortlessly.
There is a power behind being sober, a resonance, a force delineated by our senses that brings those into your life that should be there, at times when you need them most. Sobriety has many facets, this song is one of mine. I wrote it while visiting Michael Kelsey in Indianapolis, after a day in Chicago visiting museums it came together quickly. Then months later I let Jonathan Saul Executive Director at Brighton Recovery hear it, it moved and inspired him asked if he could lay down some vocals. I gave him a copy of the song on CD he cut the vocals from the disc, quite the feat. What you hear is the result of a strange wonderful sequence. Jonathan was the clinical Director at the treatment center I went to, and now he is the executive director of the treatment center that I work, I am so thankful for my life today, and the beautiful controlled coincidences that tie us all together, the common spiritual bond that connects all of us. Like Aspens at the root we are all connected.
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Too often, we only see the face of addiction in the faces of those in recovery. In fact, our community is made up of accomplished, multi-faceted individuals. Look at some of our FTR members through a different lens-- their own words and creative endeavors. We'll also be profiling community members and their stories of recovery.