Back to School Bargains at KARM Stores

For kids, Back to School shopping means new clothes, new shoes, and new school supplies. For parents, all those new things really add up! How do you get your kids ready for the first day of school without draining your wallet? KARM Stores can help! Back to School Suggestions Start at Home. Take inventory of what you […]


Sherry Volunteers to Bless & Dress Others

Why do you Volunteer? When you ask KARM Stores volunteers why do they volunteer, you’ll hear some common themes. I came with my church group I needed community service hours I wanted to do something to give back to the community Recently, a store manager asked Sherry why she volunteers at KARM Stores. Her reasons stood […]


Everyone’s story is different…there is no typical homeless person.

Everyone’s story is different. It’s sometimes easy to profile a person who’s homeless, and assume the story is the same. But the reasons someone may be homeless are complex and varied…from unemployment, to illness, to domestic violence, to sudden unexpected circumstances, to making poor relationship choices, like the situation Mark found himself in. Mark was […]


Clean Out Your Closet. Help the Homeless.

It’s that time of year. As the cold temperatures change to warm, our closets undergo a transformation as well. Sweaters are moved to make way for shorts. Coats are swapped out for cut offs. Ideas are plentiful on how to clean your home from top to bottom. Martha Stewart shares her advice on what tasks […]


“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. […]