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All of our staff members, are people that have personal experience with substance use disorders. Whether it be personal use, or a family member, we ALL understand what you're going through. When you call us, these are the people you'll be speaking to.
Mike Brown
Founder / Phone Operator

I'm a person in recovery from an IV opiate, and Meth, addiction. My path to recovery was a unique one, as are all individual paths. I dream of a day when, people who use drugs, aren't shamed, and forgotten by society. Where, people with SUD's, and mental wellness issues, can reach out for help, without fear of judgement. I believe that time is coming, it's just not fast enough. Until that day comes, I will do my part to help keep people alive, any way possible, so that they have a chance to find their own version of recover!

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Krissy J
Volunteer Coordinator

Krissy is an active member in both the harm reduction and mental health communities. She strives to offer support, love and encouragement to anyone who is struggling. She also volunteers with animal rescue organizations and wants to create a program that utilizes therapy/service dogs with trauma survivors. She has several years experience finding resources for the indigent and those without insurance.

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Jon K
Iowa Admin / Phone Operator

My name is Jon and I’ve been working with addicts and homeless for 6 years. I’ve ran a homeless shelter in Iowa for that time and have experience in housing homeless men and working through a variety of barriers that are preventing a person from achieving sobriety and housing. I believe there is always a way to getting the changes one wants to see in their life. I take pleasure in helping people achieve those goals we all deserve to have in life.

Michelle McGarity
Phone Operator
Christy McPherson
Phone Operator

Christy McPherson is a Community Based Outreach Worker from North Louisiana. She serves her community through advocacy, compassion, and a commitment to help empower people who use drugs to take charge of their own health. Her approach, based on both her personal and professional experiences, allows her to encourage pragmatic change while understanding the necessity of personal autonomy and the empowerment generated when people decide the course of their lives for themselves.

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Shana L
Phone Operator
Mandy Thomas
Phone Operator

Mandy Thomas works with Challenges Inc. Distributing Narcan and other harm reduction supplies. In recovery !! Also works part time at Carolina Wellness Center helping addicts anyway she can. She is also the VP of fentanyl Poisoning awareness and prevention raising awareness to the dangers of Fentanyl. Mandy manages the page We Are Harm Reduction, a nonprofit organization that helps people find treatment centers and funding for recovery. She runs the go fund me Rides to Recovery/ Rides to Rehab... funding people to get rides to a from centers, doctors appts etc. Ready and willing to help anyway possible !!

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Billie S
Phone Operator
Darla Posey
Phone Operator
Marcus Mikesell
Phone Operator
Karen Broman
Phone Operator

Karen Broman is a public health practitioner, epidemiologist, and medical laboratory scientist with a passion for engaging isolated communities and folks who experience health disparities borne out of structural inequities. She emphasizes evidence-based interventions that mitigate the individual and community impacts of substance use. Karen brings specific expertise in working with veterans, formerly incarcerated individuals, and the LGBTQ+ community. Hailing from Minnesota, she was taught to nurture neighborhood health and camaraderie among those with differing opinions on how to effect positive community change. Prior to accepting the position of Overdose Prevention Coordinator for Northern Arizona, Karen served Sonoran Prevention Works for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member through Arizona Serve of Prescott College. She is incredibly grateful to be doing this work in memory of her loved ones lost to substance use-related causes.

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