Reduce the stigma
The Reps4Recovery Foundation was unofficially started within the walls of Black Iron Gym in 2015. Since the day Black Iron Gym opened its doors, those recovering from substance abuse illness in the community were provided with a free gym membership. The memberships were funded directly out of the pocket of our owner/founder, until the day came when this approach was no longer financially feasible if we ever wanted grow or offer more than just a gym to train in.
In March of 2017, the program was formalized and given the name Reps4Recovery. This is when we took to crowd funding in order to offer more free memberships, as well as offer even more to these people, many being very high risk. At that point in time, we began the process of fine tuning the model with the goal to expand the program to other high risk communities around the country.
Due to the ongoing generous donations from thousands of people are the world, we have turned this program into something beyond what we ever imagined. We have been able to give out hundreds of free memberships in the Reno-Tahoe-Sparks community. We have been able to take successful R4R members through several coaching certifications so that they can better serve incoming members & give back the gift that was given to them, both in the class and 1-on-1 setting. We have been able to launch a mentorship program to ensure no R4R member feels alone or uncomfortable. We have been able to employ amazing people who may have a hard time getting a job due to having a record. We have been able to clothe those who are low income. We have been able to raise awareness around this illness that was responsible for approximately 154,000 deaths in 2017. We have been able to reduce the stigma.
The only membership fee to those recovery from addiction or alcoholism, is the desire to be sober and be a part of an all inclusive, judgement free community.
The goal with Reps 4 Recovery is to offer a safe, supporting, and nurturing environment to those at risk. Thus, 100% of apparel sales & 100% of donations go directly toward funding the program in order to serve as many people as possible.
Beyond buying apparel, you can directly donate to our GoFundMe, or you may mail a check to Black Iron Gym. While we are in the process of getting 501c nonprofit status, these are currently the only ways we can fund the program.