A Story of Miracles

We get to know our customers and I look for them to come in.  I have been missing a sweet lady who hadn’t been in awhile. She came in to shop recently and I asked her where she had been. She told me that she had been sick for about three months. She had gone to the doctor […]

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 […]

Brandon’s Story

On Saturday, August 8th, a young man came into our store to shop and chat with us, as he has been in here a few times before. While he was shopping and I was putting new merchandise on the shelf, he began asking me for relationship advice. As young as I am, I asked my […]

How many people can volunteer at KARM Stores at one time?

Most locations of KARM Stores can easily accommodate up to six volunteers. Opportunities listed online are capped at this limit. Larger groups can be scheduled by contacting volunteer@karmstores.com. Provide the following details in your e-mail to help identify the best options for your volunteer experience. Number of volunteers Age of volunteers (e.g., students, adults) Preferred location(s) […]

How long are most volunteer experiences at KARM Stores?

Most volunteer opportunities are scheduled for two hours. We’ve found this duration provides sufficient time to make a noticeable impact on the selected projects while still being captivating. Longer volunteer experiences are available and should be scheduled by contacting the manager of a store directly or by e-mailing volunteer@karmstores.com. For first-time volunteers, this time will include a brief […]

Life Redeemed by Grace, Now Working for Good

I grew up in church.  I went every Sunday with either my “mamaw” or my dad’s sister.  Sometimes, I even went with my best friend’s family. Somewhere along the way, I got lost and sunk deep into sin. Where it started and why, I can’t be sure. I started smoking weed at the young age […]

God’s Work, In and Out of the Workplace

I have interacted with this particular bank teller almost daily to make the store’s deposit. As of a few months ago he no longer worked there. He came to the store looking for a job because he remembered seeing me a lot and knew I needed help at the store. I started talking to him […]

“Are you in charge?”

I was recently approached by a customer who asked a question I hear regularly. “Are you in charge?” she asked. Having been in retail management at a secular department store for a number of years, I must admit when asked that question or something similar, my automatic response is to brace for a complaint that […]