What We Do and How We Do It

The WHAT KARM’s formula for ending homelessness is Rescue + Relationships = Restoration. Rescue comes in the form of the front line services, like Crossroads Welcome Center. Here, guests enter the mission and have their immediate needs assessed. Rescue also takes the form of high quality meals, clean showers, and a safe place to sleep. […]


Our Volunteers Bridge the Gap

Building Bridges We are grateful for the students in the Knoxville Leadership Foundation’s construction training program for the many ways they partner with KARM Stores. The students are learning construction skills, while creating new shelving, building walls for work spaces, and even creating a new bridge between parking lots at our Farragut location. Volunteers play […]


The Grand Opening of KARM Stores in Karns

Join us! The newest KARM Stores location is now open. The Karns store is located in the Karns community near Grace Baptist Church. With the addition of the Karns location, KARM Stores now has 17 retail locations in 7 counties. KARM Stores exist to serve the community by offering affordable merchandise as a Christian ministry to the […]


Shocked By God’s Love

Maurice’s Pain No matter what he did, Maurice couldn’t erase the horrific memories of being abused as a child. Running around with the wrong crowd didn’t work. Neither did pain pills and crack cocaine. Not even a mental breakdown that resulted in his being hospitalized for a lengthy period could make him forget how worthless he […]


Ready for a Spring Refresh?

The weather in East Tennessee can be wild. Some days we can experience all four seasons. Now that Spring is here, it’s time to break out the warm weather clothes! Clothing KARM Stores has transitioned its inventory from winter apparel to summer apparel! At all of our locations, you can now find the shorts, dresses, […]


Don’s Story and His Decision to Volunteer

“There, but for the grace of God, go I.” That is the answer Don gave when asked why he volunteers at KARM Stores in Oak Ridge.  He has been a weekly regular volunteer at the Oak Ridge location for a year. Don’s story begins three decades before he began volunteering for KARM.  He has been […]


Leslie Is An Overcomer

Overcoming Addiction After two failed marriages, Leslie tried everything to fill the void in her life. “I tried filling it with pain pills to ease the migraines, alcohol, men in my life, material things. Nothing worked until I came to KARM’s Serenity women’s program and got back with the Lord.” Leslie says her new life feels great. “I haven’t […]


Hidden Treasures

A lot of thrift shoppers are in it for the hunt. They love combing through stores, looking for hidden treasures. Sometimes they get lucky. Really, really lucky. 3 Times Treasure Hunters Struck Gold Sean and Rikki McEvoy bought a vintage West Point sweater for less than $1 from an Asheville, NC thrift store. A few […]


Spring Has Sprung and Spring Cleaning Too

Spring Cleaning It’s exciting to see crocuses and Lenten roses blooming around town! The warmer temperatures and bright sunny days have a way of energizing and inspiring us to do more. And spring cleaning is at the top of the list. For many, spring is a time to clean house and take extra, no longer […]


Jody’s Close Call

One Cold Winter Night We begged Jody not to go back outside. “It’s bitterly cold outside. You’ve been drinking and too many things could go wrong,” we warned him as temperatures dipped into the 20s. But Jody would have none of it. When we took away his bottle of mouthwash — a source of alcohol often used by people […]