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Knox Area Rescue Ministries
November 30, 2012

I have volunteered at Knox Area Rescue Ministry for about 10 years. I see the staff working hard to try and help the homeless, those caught in addiction, stranded travelers, and many more. They have a newl program called Launch to help empower the homeless to get back on their feet. Often when I am there every week, someone comes in who is homeless for the first time. They are scared, confused and overwhelmed. We help them find community resources to get back on their feet, provide them warm meals and a helping hand. I had a young man come in this week who had been paying rent to friends and come to find out they weren't paying the rent and all of them were evicted. He tried living in his car for four days and finally came to KARM. He was cold, scared and hungry. We provided him food immediately, a place to stay and will refer him to another agency for more help. No organization is perfect, but I see people who really care about helping those down and out on their luck.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

Knox Area Rescue Ministries
November 29, 2011

I work in the Welcome Center(Crossroads) at KARM one afternoon a week. There are a variety of services in Crossroads. Just to name a few..
*People who come in for the first time are interviewed and provided an ID.
*There are phones and computers for their use and they pick up the mail they have sent there.
*People can pick up their mail and phone messages
*We provide referrals to other agencies
*Stranded travelers come into Crossroads to get assistance
*We have a van that provides rides to the health department and DHS and other agencies
*We provide information we have on available jobs and possible housing or other agencies that can be of help.
*We have a place people put their bags for safekeeping
*We send faxes, help people find numbers, addresses, directions and general information.
The people at Crossroads really care and want to help people who come in. They do the best they can to help people get on their feet and live a productive life.

The Great!

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

seeing people get on their feet, find jobs and housing and begin to live a productive lifestyle.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide a manual for volunteers. (This is something they are working on).

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

They are working on a manual for volunteers that will provide information so we can be more help to them.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I love volunteering at KARM. I have learned so much about homelessness and am so much more at ease talking with people.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel very happy to be helping people and make a difference in their lives.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I spend most of my time interviewing people for their ID or providing referrals to other agencies. I hopefully serve as a friendly face when they first come in and am able to show them we care about their circumstances.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries
November 26, 2010

I have volunteered at KARM for about 5 years. The people at KARM truly want to help the homeless and those caught in drug addiction. I am always amazed at how many services they provide - feeding over a 1,000 meals a day, providing drug addiction programs, apartments for families in need, a day room for the homeless, emergency overnight beds, plus assistance in getting housing, health care, job training, vouchers for furniture and other local services. The list seems endless and there are so many people who work tirelessly to help. Truly a wonderful organization.

The Great!

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

seeing some people get back on their feet and live independently.

Ways to make it better...

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

spend more time training and organizing volunteers.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I have worked in the dayroom, given out clothing and prayed with people.