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NEW press

Check out the article about Flourish Bakery
in the September issue of Devour Utah.

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ABOUT US

Flourish Bakery is a supportive community that fosters hope and health, in addition to personal and spiritual growth, while teaching the art and skills of professional baking. Flourish Bakery employs individuals in recovery from substance use disorders as well as those working to reintegrate their lives post incarceration. This employment opportunity, in the Flourish community, assists individuals in the healing process, and works to reduce recidivism and relapse through life & job skills training. Flourish provides a community of support, mentorship & friendship, and is a space of life transformation.

OUR VISION & MISSION

Our Vision is to heal lives & communities broken by substance use disorder and incarceration, and to reduce recidivism & relapse through life & job skills training. 

Our Mission is to be a supportive community that fosters hope and health, in addition to personal and spiritual growth, while teaching the art and skills of professional baking.  To employ individuals in recovery from substance use disorders as well as those working to reintegrate their lives post incarceration.  Flourish provides a community of support, mentorship & friendship, and is a space of life transformation. 

OUR TEAM

 
Patricia Fava Patricia has a B.S. degree in Social Change and Development and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin and has been a dedicated volunteer for various non-profits in Salt Lake City. Patricia has worked with the ESL program at the Guadalupe School, with the Chef and the Child, and the IRC. Patricia is a true lover of food and its presence in all cultures. If there is such a thing as a Food Sociologist she would be one! Her Italian heritage has played a predominate role in her exposure to foods deeply rooted in culture which lead her to a longcareer immersed in the food industry; working, as a caterer, a baker and eventually an Executive Chef for 7 years.

Patricia Fava

Patricia has a B.S. degree in Social Change and Development and Women’s Studies from the University of Wisconsin and has been a dedicated volunteer for various non-profits in Salt Lake City. Patricia has worked with the ESL program at the Guadalupe School, with the Chef and the Child, and the IRC. Patricia is a true lover of food and its presence in all cultures. If there is such a thing as a Food Sociologist she would be one! Her Italian heritage has played a predominate role in her exposure to foods deeply rooted in culture which lead her to a longcareer immersed in the food industry; working, as a caterer, a baker and eventually an Executive Chef for 7 years.

Jason Thornton Co-founder Jason Thornton is passionate about working alongside individuals that, due to their own backgrounds of trauma, are seeking holistic healing as he himself continues to seek on his life journey. Jason has found that mindfulness and yoga practices are some of the biggest keys to overcoming his own odds; and he is incorporating these elements into a wellness program for Unshackled & Flourish Bakery. Additionally, as a community developer, Jason is currently forming the prison fellowship of Unshackled after volunteering for a couple of years with prison ministry at the Utah State Prison. With over 12 years of experience in food service, Jason is a foodie and food activist with an interest in sustainable food systems.

Jason Thornton

Co-founder Jason Thornton is passionate about working alongside individuals that, due to their own backgrounds of trauma, are seeking holistic healing as he himself continues to seek on his life journey. Jason has found that mindfulness and yoga practices are some of the biggest keys to overcoming his own odds; and he is incorporating these elements into a wellness program for Unshackled & Flourish Bakery. Additionally, as a community developer, Jason is currently forming the prison fellowship of Unshackled after volunteering for a couple of years with prison ministry at the Utah State Prison. With over 12 years of experience in food service, Jason is a foodie and food activist with an interest in sustainable food systems.

 
Rev. Aimee Altizer Aimee Altizer is the Executive Director of Flourish Bakery and Unshackled.  She brings with her a unique blend of skills being both an award-winning, classically trained pastry chef and Episcopal Priest.  With nearly 30 years of culinary industry experience, Aimee has directed the opening and operations of pastry programs at several notable locations like – Firewood Restaurant, Zermatt Resort, and Talisker Club & Canyons.  To support the work of transformation and reconciliation in the Unshackled & Flourish community, Aimee brings a holistic understanding of recovery and her passion for mentoring young culinarians.

Rev. Aimee Altizer

Aimee Altizer is the Executive Director of Flourish Bakery and Unshackled.  She brings with her a unique blend of skills being both an award-winning, classically trained pastry chef and Episcopal Priest.  With nearly 30 years of culinary industry experience, Aimee has directed the opening and operations of pastry programs at several notable locations like – Firewood Restaurant, Zermatt Resort, and Talisker Club & Canyons.  To support the work of transformation and reconciliation in the Unshackled & Flourish community, Aimee brings a holistic understanding of recovery and her passion for mentoring young culinarians.

Andrea Thornton Since studying Recreational Therapy at the University of Utah, co-founder Andrea Thornton has been interested in helping individuals and families reach their highest level of functioning despite physical or mental limitations. Her empathy for others that are left on the margins of society has driven her to be an integral part of the founding of Unshackled, and compelled her to regular civic engagement for issues that hit close to home for her including, Women's Rights, Criminal Justice reform, and Clean Air Legislation. Andrea is the proud mother of three, she says mountain biking stands out as her favorite outdoor activity, while she also enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and skiing. 

Andrea Thornton

Since studying Recreational Therapy at the University of Utah, co-founder Andrea Thornton has been interested in helping individuals and families reach their highest level of functioning despite physical or mental limitations. Her empathy for others that are left on the margins of society has driven her to be an integral part of the founding of Unshackled, and compelled her to regular civic engagement for issues that hit close to home for her including, Women's Rights, Criminal Justice reform, and Clean Air Legislation. Andrea is the proud mother of three, she says mountain biking stands out as her favorite outdoor activity, while she also enjoys horseback riding, hiking, and skiing. 

 
Rev. Sandra Jones Sandra is an ACPE trained Chaplain who has worked as a staff Chaplain for two hospice organizations, in addition to providing pastoral care to staff and members of her parish, where she serves as an ordained Episcopal Deacon. She brings to Unshackled her love of new challenges, and learning opportunities, her skills as a Chaplain, her humor, her commitment to social justice and the excitement of being a part of something that will make a difference in the lives of others through creating a space of renewal and wholeness. Sandra finds relaxation and rejuvenation through hiking, knitting, exploring spiritual practices and volunteering at the VA.

Rev. Sandra Jones

Sandra is an ACPE trained Chaplain who has worked as a staff Chaplain for two hospice organizations, in addition to providing pastoral care to staff and members of her parish, where she serves as an ordained Episcopal Deacon. She brings to Unshackled her love of new challenges, and learning opportunities, her skills as a Chaplain, her humor, her commitment to social justice and the excitement of being a part of something that will make a difference in the lives of others through creating a space of renewal and wholeness. Sandra finds relaxation and rejuvenation through hiking, knitting, exploring spiritual practices and volunteering at the VA.

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