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Chef Brian has a Boy

“Snips and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails… That’s what little boys are made of!” Vincent Joseph Trom made his much anticipated arrival on Saturday, January 16th at 12:30 p.m. He weighed in at a very healthy 6.9 lbs. and was 19 inches long. Vincent is the first born of our wonderful Chef, Brian Trom and his lovely wife Shiloh. For any of us that have been blessed with children, we know what a miracle childbirth is. Words can simply not describe the incredible joy, the swelling of your heart  and the overwhelming love you feel  as your child comes into this world. They immediately turn life as you know it upside down. They steal your heart, they steal your sleep, they steal your time, they steal whatever selfishness you may have possessed and they become the center of your world…and rightfully so. The sleeplessness will pass, replaced with giggles and…

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Walking Together

We walked together making this family program the quintessential Jaywalker experience. We had men from our whole continuum, Lodge, Solutions, Sober-Living and MIOP, proving to all that remaining in our care is a good thing to do. Jacquie calmed us down while Art Kleinschmidt showed his many skills. The mountain gave us perfect snow and Chef Brian had a baby. A Jaywalker man stepped up, selflessly helping in our new dad’s absence. The techs, Seth, Tony, and Cable were instrumental in keeping our families happy while Steve Shipway became known as more than just a facilities assistant and cook; he is now known as a fine chef and dedicated man and friend. Thanks to all those who gave of themselves to make this family program a great success and congratulations to our Chef and his bride for sharing with us the birth of their first… Vincent Trom. To the staff:…

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Happy Birthday Brian

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Time to celebrate Chef Brian Trom’s birthday!! Brian is the cornerstone of the Jaywalker Lodge kitchen, which many staff and clients have raved is the “best restaurant in Carbondale!” There is excitement awaiting Brian in his upcoming year, as he will be marrying his fiancé Shiloh at the end of July. He also spends much of his free time in the summer mountain biking with alumni, staff, and friend at Snowmass. Happy Birthday Brian!

Chef Brian Turns 34

1980 – Mount St. Helen’s erupted, John Lennon was assassinated, Ronald Reagan was elected, the Pac-Man game was released, Blues Brothers made its film debut, parachute pants and leg warmers were the fad and Chef Brian was born.  And, who shot JR?   Many of you may have no knowledge on any of these, but since I graduated high school that year, I remember most of them well, except for one – Chef Brian being born.  I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting Brian until I started here at Jaywalker last August. Brian is quite simply one of the nicest and kindest men I have ever met.   He goes above and beyond daily for our clients and staff here.  The dedication and pride he takes in his cooking and the willingness to share any tips with us is admirable.   We see this not only every day at Jaywalker, but during Family…

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Congratulations Rocky

Rocky Willcuts………where to start?  Maybe with his amazing homemade cheesecakes??  OR his stained glass??  OR his ability to fix any and everything??  Rocky is one if the hardest working, kind, caring hard-headed individuals I have had the pleasure to meet and work with.  If you need something done right and done now, not yesterday, Rocky is your man! Clark(previous Chef) had warned me about this “Rocky” and I thought to myself after working under many strict, borderline mentally insane chefs, how bad could he be?  Well it turns out Rocky is a big puppy dog, willing to help any and all that are willing to listen and take direction from this wise retired marine.  When I first met Rocky he was using his tool-belt to hold his liters of Mountain Dew, bit of an exaggeration but looking back may have been a good idea;)  Rocky puts in long days during…

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Sober Ski Weekend

Jaywalker is honored to be welcoming the Phoenix Multi-Sport and CeDAR (Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation) group from the Denver area this weekend for another incredible weekend. This will be the 5th year all three groups have engaged in some sober fun here in Aspen Colorado. Make plans to join us Saturday and Saturday night for skiing and dinner cooked by the famous Chef Brian Trom. Afterwards we will meet at the Alumni Clubhouse at 7:30 to view the award winning documentary, Bill W. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Alumni Ski Trip – Park City, UT

The Jaywalker Alumni Department is pleased to announce the scheduling of the Winter Alumni Expedition. This years trip will be to Park City, Utah. Thanks to the generosity of one of our alumni families, we have a slope side condo for a week from January 17 through January 24. We will be splitting the week between two groups of 8 alumni at the Marriott Mountainside resort. In addition to the world class skiing and snowboarding, the famous Sundance film festival will be happening as well. It’s a good possibility I’ll ditch day on the mountain and try to score some movie tickets. The two annual Alumni expeditions are just a couple of the activities we offer our Alumni. We fielded two softball teams this past summer and the Jaywalker Hockey and Basketball teams are in full swing. We have also had an exceptional group of golfers who made a great…

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Cooking Class

Jaywalker U students and Jaywalker Solutions men teamed up today for the famous cooking classes with Chef Brian. Today Jaywalker men made homemade fried doughnuts, crème brulee, and seared Alaskan salmon. It is always a treat to learn from the best! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

A Full and Thankful Heart

I try to hold fast to the truth that a full and thankful heart cannot entertain great conceits. When brimming with Gratitude, one’s heartbeat must surely result in outgoing Love, the finest emotion that we can ever know.” As Bill sees it, pg. 37 Our hearts were not the only things full this evening as we celebrated Thanksgiving with a feast at Jaywalker Lodge. Chef Brian and the food are consistently rated among the best things about Jaywalker and tonight was no exception. Alex C., staff technician, with the help of Alumnus Clif B. and one of our Jaywalker clients volunteered to prepare this evenings traditional Thanksgiving Dinner. They fed over 50 grateful people including the Lodge Clients, Solutions clients and more than 25 local Alumni and staff. The room was filled with gratitude and appreciation for the volunteers and Jaywalker for providing a “home-cooked” Thanksgiving meal and the opportunity…

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A Mother’s Perspective

The noise and clatter of the men cooking upstairs with Chef Brian fills my soul just like it did when my daughters were young and still at home.  What is a better sound than young voices laughing, joking, talking, engaging, and learning the value of friendship?  Today, an alum came back for cooking class.  Here at Jaywalker U, just like every other program in our continuum, the alumni are valued and welcome.  They bring long term recovery and maturity back to the programs when they visit.  So as I work in my office with the guys upstairs cooking lunch, I revel in the joy of hearing the voices of recovery, and I am grateful for all the young men that have been entrusted to Jaywalker U. Janet DeMars Program Director Jaywalker U

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