Nearly 400 men, women and children call KARM home each night. For many, this overnight stay is just the first step in finding restoration. Because when a person enters KARM, they experience compassion from staff and volunteers who are ready to meet not only physical needs, but respond to their spiritual needs as well.
KARM serves on average nearly 1,000 meals per day, feeding not only the homeless, but many in crisis who must choose between food and other basic needs…those who may have a home, but are struggling to pay bills or buy food. A nutritious meal is often the first act of compassion that allow KARM staff and volunteers to engage with those in need and begin to develop relationships which help create hope and a way out of the cycle of poverty and homelessness.
Overnight shelter may follow, offering a safe place from the elements, rest, and loving staff and volunteers to listen and help.
There are many reasons why someone may become homeless. A house burns down, a job is lost, the person has poor job skills, mental illness, or an addiction that consumes. It can happen to anyone who doesn’t have a “safety net” of family or friends to fall back on when crisis hits our lives. And when these times come, there are many ways that KARM responds:
- KARM serves nearly 1,000 meals each day, 365 days per year, to the poor and homeless.
- KARM provides emergency shelter to nearly 400 men, women and children each night who have no where else to turn.
- KARM provides immediate emergency shelter for families, then works with other family service providers in the East Tennessee area to find additional resources or housing.
- KARM’s Courtyard offers a safe, welcome outdoor space off the streets, with restrooms, bag storage, permanent seating and much more.
- KARM’s Crossroads Welcome Center is pioneering a whole new way of serving the homeless during the day, creating a bold model for inter-agency cooperation. Crossroads is a practical starting point where people can get off the streets, use the restrooms, have access to computers, make phone calls and even stow their bags while they work to get off the streets. And now, instead of duplicating each other’s services, secular agencies and Christian ministries from across Knoxville work together at Crossroads. The result is better care, superior follow-through, and greater success moving people out of homelessness.
KARM is the only facility of this magnitude in the Knoxville area. Without KARM, most, if not all, of the Knoxville area’s homeless would be living in cars, on the streets or in campgrounds.