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Brandon Harker lost his life in 2015 due to complications from a MRSA infection. His death was a direct result of not having access to clean syringes.

After his passing, Brandon's mother, Addie Arbach, made it her mission to learn more about engaging in harm reduction practices and community outreach with active drug users.

And so, Next Step Initiative was founded on Brandon's birthday, September 13, 2017, by sisters Addie Arbach and Rebecca Parr. 

We are located in Knoxville, TN and primarily serve vulnerable populations in the South Knoxville community who are experiencing homelessness, poverty, addiction, and trauma. 

Next Step Initiative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Who We Are: About Us
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