“I didn’t have any place to go…”

Ron enjoyed all the perks of a six-figure salary until his drug addiction finally got the better of him.  He lost his wife, his business, and his home….and ended up sleeping in a basement.  “I couldn’t function anymore,” he said.  “I didn’t have any place to go.” Thanks to you, Knox Area Rescue Ministries was […]


Thank you, East Tennessee!

We want to say thank you! With your help in 2016, KARM served 269,000 meals to our hungry neighbors, provided 122,657 nights of safe shelter for those with no where to sleep, and celebrated with 103 men and women graduated who from our LaunchPoint Program, where they set new life goals and attainable action plans to end their cycle of homelessness.  These and many […]


Patricia’s Story: Hoping For, and Ultimately Finding, Love

Patricia’s parents were both drug addicts. Unable to handle the responsibilities of caring for a small child or showing love, her mother abandoned her when she was very young. Her father left a few years later, leaving Patricia in the care of her grandparents. Hurt and confused, Patricia began to rebel at the age of […]


A different Christmas story – little child shall lead them…

In the midst of often ordinary days, yesterday something extraordinary happened at KARM.  A sweet little six year old child wanted Santa to bring her something very different on her wish list for Christmas.  Instead of gifts, she wanted to help feed the homeless people of her community.  No gifts for Christmas?  Such a wish […]


Joe’s Support System Leads to Recovery

Joe loved motorcycles. An avid rider, he was content to spend weekends on his bike with nothing but open road ahead of him. Unfortunately, those rides came to a halt after a devastating accident left him unable to walk or talk. Following the Crash Joe spent four months in the hospital. In a coma for […]


Volunteers Needed as part of Coats for the Cold

As we enter the last week of collection for Coats for the Cold, the hundreds of coats generously donated by our community are piling up. And while it is not too late to donate that unused coat hanging in your closet, we’re looking for volunteers to help sort, hang, and rack the coats we’ve received. […]


“God took me out of the gutter and helped me”….hear Joy’s story

“I just walked off one day and didn’t go back. Then I looked up and suddenly it was ten years later.” That’s how Joy described ten lost years of drug addiction, filled with despair, loneliness, and regret. I’m Burt Rosen, President of Knox Area Rescue Ministries.  Joy had attempted treatment 15 times before she came […]


Kristi’s Path to Recovery

Kristi was raised in a loving home, but questions about why her father left the family caused her to feel empty. Lonely and confused, 14-year-old Kristi turned to drugs and alcohol to fill that void. Over the next 15 years, Kristi’s drug use increased and led her to a cocaine addiction that would prove nearly […]


Rescued by grace, Rachel found she wasn’t alone…

Homeless, estranged from her family and desperate, Rachel was weighed down by depression. She felt trapped in bad relationships with men and stuck in a cycle of drug and alcohol abuse. Finally, Rachel could see no way forward, and she attempted suicide. By the grace of God, her life was spared and she realized she needed to make a drastic change. Rachel tried to reach her grandfather, […]


Donate Your Time on Saturday, June 18th at the KARM Dragon Boat Festival

Come spend a day at the lake on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at the KARM Dragon Boat Festival. We are seeking fun-loving people to help host 4,000 attendees at this event! Opportunities to volunteer include … Boat Loader Registration Assistant Water Runner Parking Leader Hospitality Concierge Register today and choose the team that interests you. Paddles up!