BOUNTIFUL — The ninth annual “Cell to Well” fund raiser for the Backstreet Club is set for June 7.
There will be two runs/walks: a 7.5 mile and 5K run/fun/walk and a 15K run/walk. The longer run will start at the Davis County Jail in Farmington and end at the club in Bountiful, and the other fun run/walk will start at the club.
“The club is a place for people who get out of jail (or formalized treatment) and then wonder what they can do now,” said Becky Pearce. She is the activities director and a board member.
“There is such a stigma with recovery,” said recovering addict Jenny Johnson. “This is a halfway place.”
The club, at 25 N. 200 West in Bountiful, is open various hours, seven days a week. Weekday hours are 10 a,m.-2 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. Saturdays it’s open 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8:30 p.m. Sunday hours are 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.
It’s described as a “safe place where anyone who has a desire to recover from an addiction, can join others of like mind and body,” informational material said.
“They can discover the miracle of recovery through meeting attendance, sponsorships, 12-step work, personal service and fellowship,” it said.
“Members share experience, strength and hope, and find support for continuous recovery and personal growth by coming to understand they can join hands with others, accomplish what they can’t do alone.”
In addition to such events as the fun/walk, there are talent shows and more to raise funds for the nonprofit entity. The club operates a cafe. It is open for lunch and dinner and serves hamburgers and more.
Jenny’s story has been recounted previously in the Clipper. She is an adopted daughter of former Bountiful mayor Joe Johnson.
The devastating impact of meth use was brought home to his family, Johnson said. “Jenny got involved in a bad marriage, had two kids, got into meth. She ended up in and out of jail.”
Recounting the family’s experiences of nearly seven years ago, Johnson said “it nearly tore our life apart.”
Joe Johnson and his wife LaVon became guardians to the two grandkids. “She (Jenny) was so mad. We have 17 grandchildren. Why would we just take these two?”
The former mayor emphasized that action was taken for the kids’ safety, to provide a sound home environment.
Since then, Jenny has turned her life around, including with help from the Backstreet Club’s emotional and treatment support.