Knox Area Rescue Ministries

Rating: 3.93 stars   14 reviews


PO Box 3310 Knoxville TN 37927 USA


Knox Area Rescue Ministries seeks to rescue the poor and needy of the Knoxville area by providing recovery services in Jesus' Name. Our programs provide food, shelter, clothing, assist with individual needs and circumstances, and offer recovery services including case management, addiction treatment, crisis intervention, and job training. All services are free of charge.


The three largest program service accomplishments are (1)rescue/emergency, (2)recovery, and (3) job training. (1) the rescue/emergency service provides overnight shelter to over 400 men, women, and children each night. As many as 1,600 meals are served daily to the homeless and to those who are struggling to pay bills or buy food. (2) the recovery program provides biblically-based recovery services, case management, individual and group counseling, spiritual support, crisis intervention, and long-term refuge from violence for men and women. (3) the job training program provides job training through career counseling and life skills classes. The culinary arts program includes 12 weeks of classes and a four week internship in the abundant life kitchen. Upon completion of the culinary arts program students will have 640 training hours. In addition, there is clean start, a janitorial certification program.

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

KARM has spiraled out of control and chaos now is a daily occurrence in the "Mission District". KARM was formed as an emergency shelter but now is more of a flop house. Even KARM refer to those seeking shelters as residents. KARM once was a vital link that brought the homeless to resources that would then refocus their life and a better living. Now its just a place to seek a meal and a place to sleep. NO conditions, anyone, even the criminals on the run seek refuge there. KARM even has a policy that allows those that are homeless can sleep there but during the day the day they must leave. They wonder our neighborhoods breaking into our homes and cars, ward off customers with their aggressive panhandling and have affected the downtown and west sectors of town by luring hundred of homeless to Knoxville from all across the country. Then while the homeless eat beans on Tuesday night, directors and several other take home enormous salaries, salaries donated by kind hearted people then skimmed off the backs of the homeless. North Knoxville residents are ashamed of the state of affairs at our Mission. We are truly saddened.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my neighborhood and business, most notably the thieving from the homeless population.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Replace the Director, Burt Rosen.

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A little

How did you learn about this organization?

Driving past the Mission and horrified at the state of affairs outside the Mission. Drunks, drug dealing, urinating on the sidewalk. This area is so bad they removed the red light at Broadway and Magnolia because most motorists wouldn't stop for it anyway in fear of being attacked or carjacked by all the loittering homeless outside KARM.

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

The CEO, Burt Rosen makes 6 figures from this homeless organization. The "residents" of KARM are simply warehoused with no mandatory case management, contrary to other homeless organizations. The residents take up sidewalk space outside the building.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

actually require it to be nonprofit, especially from the top done.

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