Pay it Forward: Building Beginnings offers support, fresh start for recovering addicts

Pay it Forward: Building Beginnings offers support, fresh start for recovering addicts (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — Building Beginnings was started by a couple of former addicts to help people with their recovery journey.

"Every single one of us--myself included--we're all in recovery from drugs and alcohol," said Ryan Hymas, executive director.

They know what it's like to need a fresh start and a second chance.

"We take them with zero dollars, put them in a house, give them a job, so they can start to pay for it, and then give them quality treatment as well," Hymas said.

Buildings Beginnings members work together in teams of three to four people doing all kinds of construction projects.

It's not only a job, but a support group.

"Support beyond any measure, beyond any support I've ever had in my life," said Justin Butts, who is a lead foreman.

Hymas says there is sometimes little help or resources for someone who is starting over after substance abuse. And that's what Building Beginnings is trying to solve.

Butts says guys like him are just looking for the opportunity to learn a skill and succeed.

"It takes a chance. We need a chance," he said. "When we do recover, we recover with a vengeance and we're coming strong. And there's nothing that's going to stop us."

Building Beginnings vows to help anyone they can.

"Every single person in recovery that walks through the door, we're going to give a job to," Hymas said.

The program has been growing quickly, and can use some help.

"This program's changed my life," said Butts.

Building Beginnings has some support from companies like Absolute Air, Access Salt Lake, Accelerant Rural Outreach Program, Customization House, and Body Heaven Tattoo.

Mountain America Credit Union donated $500 to the program and encourages you to do the same.

If you want to help, visit the Building Beginnings website or Facebook page.