Escaping the bitter cold of the streets for the warmth of God’s love…

When you’re homeless, there is no such thing as a mild winter.   Michael learned the hard way — sleeping in cardboard boxes and under freeway overpasses.  He even tried stuffing himself inside a duffel bag to keep warm.  But the frigid air and piercing wind always find a way through the threads of fabric, […]


A new year to volunteer…

It’s a new year, and a new year to volunteer! There are always an abundance of ways to volunteer to help those in need at the KARM main campus, at our Serenity Ministries, through our community events and fundraising events, and many other options.  KARM and the KARM Stores were humbled and honored to recently receive […]


A kindness doesn’t go unnoticed…

A note from one of our Frontline staffers: “Hello, I wanted to share this with you… Ms. W. is one of our regular guests who has been in great need and has stayed with us at KARM for quite a while.  This week when she came in to stay overnight, she  gave me a Christmas […]


It’s a miracle I’m here

Very soon, we’ll celebrate the greatest miracle the modern world has known….the birth of Jesus in a humble stable, born to save humanity from sin, reunite us with God, and transform our  lives.   Steve saw it happen in his own life through care he received at Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Two years ago, Steve […]


We Are KARM Stores

I have the privilege of working as a Processing Manager for KARM Stores in Oak Ridge and I am KARM Stores. Helping the homeless My church family at Christmas time would make up goody bags to pass out to the homeless in Knoxville. In these goody bags, we would try to provide them with their basic needs. […]


A Second Chance at Life and a Lasting Legacy … Remembering Tommy

Tommy was one of those guys who didn’t tell you about his problems. Always an optimist, he cared how others were doing. But when his brother passed away unexpectedly many years ago, Tommy “pulled away.” “My whole world changed and I wanted to get away from everybody,” Tommy shared last year. “My family thought I […]


Because of You

It is always a special time of the year when our Christmas Store opens. Shoppers find “must have” items, whether they are “our first Christmas together” ornaments, “this is just like my mother’s” tabletop decorations, or “baby’s first Christmas” stockings. Shoppers share some of their joy at finding just the right item as they check […]


The Love of a Servant’s Heart

Ella is a hard worker. She gets up in the morning and goes to work and comes home at night, after a full day. By the time the weekend rolls around, some rest and relaxation with a pile of magazines is calling our name. But Ella is special. She’s a young woman who prioritizes her time and uses it […]


Will my volunteer hours at KARM & KARM Stores count towards my community service requirement?

Knox Area Rescue Ministries & KARM Stores is a recognized non-profit where individuals can volunteer their time and receive a personal benefit towards required community service. Volunteers at Knox Area Rescue Ministries check in using Volgistics, where a record of their donated time is maintained. Volunteers at KARM Stores receive a receipt for their donated […]


A Story of Miracles

We get to know our customers and I look for them to come in.  I have been missing a sweet lady who hadn’t been in awhile. She came in to shop recently and I asked her where she had been. She told me that she had been sick for about three months. She had gone to the doctor […]