Capital Campaign

Project Description

Our Recovery Campus will provide a complete continuum of services, including treatment, robust continuing care, integrated primary health care, and permanent and transitional housing options. Our programs and services will continue to be designed and developed to 1) meet the early and near–term needs of men, as well as 2) the long-term stabilization and recovery maintenance needs of men living fully in the community.

In February of 2013, FSH purchased an 18,129 square foot building located at 440 South 500 East in Salt Lake City. The newly acquired property meets the specifications created by the FSH board and staff members specifically to increase the organization’s capacity for addressing the critical needs of the veteran population in the Salt Lake Metro area.



The Campus Will Be Developed in Two Phases

Phase One of the campus, completed in December of 2015, included the renovation of the existing building as well as a newly constructed addition located at the front entrance of the building, resulting in a 20,231 square foot treatment center that provides substance abuse treatment, behavioral health services, and housing programs to serve the veteran population. This completed phase will enable us to serve an additional 146 individuals each year, increasing the annual number served by nearly 50%.

Funding for Phase One came from a mix of public and private entities including Zions Bank, Salt Lake City Housing Trust Fund, Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund, Salt Lake City Community Development Block Grant, American Express Center for Community Development, George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Ally Bank, CIT Bank, and more.


Phase 1 Highlights - Completion: December, 2015

  • 32 substance abuse treatment beds
  • 18 transitional housing units
  • Admissions and in-take office suite
  • Industrial kitchen with opportunities for vocational training
  • Dining room
  • Indoor and outdoor recreation areas
  • Client computer lab
  • IT Department headquarters with equipment room
  • Group therapy rooms
  • Private offices for clinicians and administrative staff
  • Conference room
  • Urinalysis Lab


First Step House celebrated the Grand Opening of the first phase of the Recovery Campus on January 8, 2016. FSH will now dedicate time and resources to the completion of the Phase Two. At an estimated cost of $15 million, the completion of Phase Two will be the culmination of a vision to develop a full service recovery campus designed to meet the treatment, housing and long-term recovery needs of men struggling with substance use and mental health disorders.


Phase 2 Highlights - Completion: TBD

  • Relocation of Outpatient Treatment Programs
  • Additional Residential Treatment Facility
  • An estimated 60 Additional Housing Units (transitional and permanent affordable housing)
  • Detox Unit
  • Social Enterprise, such as a client-run bakery or coffee shop
  • Primary Healthcare Integration

The following photo depicts the location of our new facility in relation to nearby businesses such as Smith’s Food & Drug, Walgreens, Trolley Square and the TRAX station.

With zoning, size and location allowing FSH this future expansion opportunity, a true recovery campus is possible. And, with the expertise FSH brings to property management and comprehensive treatment programs, it will be a financially sound, sustainable operation.