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 […]


Thank you Knoxville Mercury readers for choosing us!

It’s always rewarding when you are recognized for the work you do. It’s especially rewarding when the praise comes from those you serve – the donors, customers, and volunteers of KARM Stores across the greater Knoxville area. Knoxville Mercury wants this poll to reflect the best of Knoxville, to honor the institutions that truly make […]


A Change In Perspective | Who is homeless?

Knowing I am making a difference in the lives of a homeless family by working at KARM Stores is rewarding in itself.  For those who have not encountered someone without a home, “homeless” can be a vague term. I often think of someone who is maybe in their 30s, whose life has fallen through the cracks of today’s […]


Extraordinary People Facing Difficult Obstacles

In today’s world, employees feel they face difficult obstacles each day.  For the ordinary person, making the effort to work with a minor illness, such as a cold, may be considered an obstacle that is difficult to achieve. But what about the obstacles that extraordinary people face? It is my pleasure to work with an […]