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!


Welcomed as a Stranger

  I was in desperate need of a home of my own and a job. My current (and temporary) residence was a federal halfway house nestled in the east side of town. I was sent there after I was released from a 7 year, eight month prison bid. After being at the halfway house for two months […]


Celebrate With Us

In February, KARM Stores opened its 17th retail location at 10612 Kingston Pike in Knoxville and we want to celebrate this milestone with you. Ribbon Cutting On Thursday, May 5th at 10:00 AM, we’ll cut the ribbon as part of the Grand Opening celebration. Burt Rosen, President & CEO of Knox Area Rescue Ministries, will […]


The 14th Annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival on June 18th…truly the Race With a Mission!

The Race With a Mission…that’s the motto of the 14th annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, June 18th, one of KARM’s largest special events to help highlight the needs of the homeless in our community and help fund the ministries at KARM. KARM serves nearly 1,000 meals each day and shelters nearly 400 men, […]