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Dana Neuenschwander
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Registration closed on Thursday, May 5, 2022

10 spots available
June 12, 2022 to June 18, 2022
Knoxville, Tennessee
Despite their challenging history, Knoxville is a passionate and vibrant community, strongly committed to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of their fellow citizens. This hidden gem tucked up alongside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is filled with so much to explore and discover. Get ready to immerse yourself into a community that sees hospitality not just as a kind act, but truly as a lifestyle.

Knoxville, Tennessee

High School Students

June 12 - June 18

We have partnered with Next Step Ministries for seven years because of their incredible passion for reaching people for Christ. Next Step Ministries is committed to providing a place where short-term teams collide with long-term community development.

History of Knoxville

First settled in 1786, Knoxville was the first capital of Tennessee. The arrival of the railroad in 1855 led to an economic boom, rapidly growing the city into a major manufacturing center. Unfortunately, as the economy was devastated during the Great Depression in the 1930s, the manufacturing sector collapsed, and the downtown area declined. City leaders became entrenched in highly unjust political fights, all of which has sadly contributed to the highest rates of homelessness per capita in the entire country.

Despite their challenging history, Knoxville is a passionate and vibrant community, strongly committed to meeting the physical and spiritual needs of their fellow citizens. This hidden gem tucked up alongside the Great Smoky Mountain National Park is filled with so much to explore and discover. Get ready to immerse yourself into a community that sees hospitality not just as a kind act, but truly as a lifestyle.

How You'll Serve

During your trip, you will have the opportunity to join with community members who are committed to making a difference in their city. Whether helping to repair homes with Operation Backyard or serving meals at Knox Area Rescue Ministries, students will be able to make a meaningful contribution to this community.

Knoxville is still working to overcome the hurt that was introduced to their community so long ago, and we are so excited for you and your team to be a part of this transformation.