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 […]


Celebrate With Us

In February, KARM Stores opened its 17th retail location at 10612 Kingston Pike in Knoxville and we want to celebrate this milestone with you. Ribbon Cutting On Thursday, May 5th at 10:00 AM, we’ll cut the ribbon as part of the Grand Opening celebration. Burt Rosen, President & CEO of Knox Area Rescue Ministries, will […]


The 14th Annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival on June 18th…truly the Race With a Mission!

The Race With a Mission…that’s the motto of the 14th annual KARM Dragon Boat Festival on Saturday, June 18th, one of KARM’s largest special events to help highlight the needs of the homeless in our community and help fund the ministries at KARM. KARM serves nearly 1,000 meals each day and shelters nearly 400 men, […]


Encouraged by the Truth

Misty came into the store recently. As I was ringing up her purchase, I noticed she was reading our blackboard. After I finished ringing her up, I asked her what she thought about the verse on it.  “Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 As we were […]


Convenience v Conscience – Choosing Where to Donate

Easier is better, right? While I make decisions every day based on what’s convenient, there are many times I need to consider other factors before simply defaulting to “easy”. Giving money When choosing to give hard-earned money, convenience is not the first factor on the list. In fact, it’s pretty close to the bottom. Other factors […]


Open House & Job Fair on April 28th

KARM Stores invites you to an Open House & Job Fair on April 28th at our Farragut location. Take a tour of the facility and see how team members of KARM Stores engage donors, customers and volunteers in the story of Knox Area Rescue Ministries. You’ll see how a job becomes a calling to help the poor & […]


Feed the Need Concert coming April 17th!

Some of Nashville’s most talented young singers, songwriters, and performers will share the stories behind the songs during an evening of acoustic musical entertainment to benefit Knox Area Rescue Ministries.  The event will be 6-8 p.m. on Sunday evening, April 17 at Cox Auditorium in the Alumni Building on the UT campus. WIVK-FM is helping […]


“My addiction had taken everything but my life…” Read Kristi’s story of restoration in KARM’s March newsletter.

Kristi was raised in a loving home, but questions about why her father left the family caused her to feel empty. Lonely and confused, 14-year-old Kristi turned to drugs and alcohol to fill that void. Over the next 15 years, Kristi’s drug use increased and led her to a cocaine addiction that would prove nearly impossible to overcome. Kristi spent time in and out of jail, repeatedly entering treatment programs but quickly falling […]


Donor’s Question and Surprise Response

Earlier this year, a donor walk through the front door with a question. She had some clothing to donate, and these items were special to her. She wanted to make sure that everything would be taken care of and that her donation would be appreciated. Donor’s Question She asked Pat, our retail manager, if she could […]


Join the Family: Work at KARM Stores!

KARM Stores is a Christian business that works to help financially support Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). And it’s a family to customers, donors, volunteers and employees alike. If anyone were to ask our employees, “why do you do what you do?”, they would enthusiastically respond that we: Provide funding to KARM Tell the KARM Story […]