When Volunteers Inspire

Justin’s email Sometimes volunteers are the ones who push our staff to be better. Recently, we got an email Justin, one of our managers at KARM Stores. In the email, Justin tells the story of Gregory, a volunteer who inspires him to do his job with excellence. I was blessed in getting the Store Manager […]


40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge

In four weeks, on Wednesday, February 14th, the season of Lent begins. Lent is a 40-day period of fasting and preparation for Easter. It has been observed by Christ followers for hundreds of years. What is 40 Bags in 40 Days? More recently, the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge has made its way across social […]


Endings and New Beginnings

Celebrating KARM Stores in Clinton On Saturday, January 13th at 7:00 PM, KARM Stores in Clinton will close its doors for the final time. Over the past four years, we have enjoyed being part of the community in Clinton – receiving donors, serving customers, and working alongside volunteers. It has been a great run. Thank […]


No Longer a Drifter

From One Disaster to Another Richard has seen more than his share of disasters. He was living in New Orleans when the floods came and wiped him out. So he jumped at the chance to move to Gatlinburg when a new friend promised him a job. But that, too, was a disaster. Turns out his […]


10 Christmas Gift Ideas You Can Find At KARM Stores

Christmas shopping can get out of hand really fast. If you’re on a budget, it’s not practical to spend hundreds of dollars on Christmas gifts. You’re in luck! Because KARM Stores has so many fabulous items, you can find some great Christmas gifts for the people on your list. Keep these tips in mind Many […]


No Longer Hungry

Mark’s Story Homelessness for Mark looked like this – sleeping on the street, having his belongings stolen, getting beat up for the few dollars in his pocket, and not knowing where his next meal would come from. He was hungry and alone. A lot of the guests at KARM have a similar story. This Thanksgiving, […]


The Search for MORE

Most guests come to KARM in crisis. They need a meal or a place to sleep. Just behind those basic needs are other needs. Many of our guests have watched their lives derail and don’t know what to do to get their lives back on track. They want more for themselves. A life of significance. […]


KARM Stores Christmas Store Opens Today

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! KARM Stores Christmas location opens today. All of the Christmas trees, nativity sets, and Christmas china shared with KARM Stores over the past year is on display. This year you can find this treasure trove of Christmas items conveniently located at 8843 Kingston Pike in West Knoxville. Come […]


All the Details on the KARM Stores Bike Initiative

What is the KARM Stores Bike Initiative? The KARM Stores Bike Initiative is a volunteer-driven movement hosted by KARM Stores to provide reliable, “re-cycled” bicycles to those in need and to raise additional funds for Knox Area Rescue Ministries through the sale of premium bicycles at KARM Stores. Our goal is to provide 1,000 restored […]


Berea transforms lives through work, learning, and service

“I have come that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.”   John 10:10 Berea is an unprecedented personal development opportunity at KARM focused on work, learning, and service. It is now fully integrated into our ministry services and structure at KARM and has transformed KARM into a work-learn-serve campus. Work. Learn. Serve. After food, shelter, and […]