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Review for Knox Area Rescue Ministries, Knoxville, TN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer once a week at the welcome center at KARM. To see the staff interaction with the clients in helping them find employment, housing, health care is uplifting. But what I truly enjoy is seeing each of the homeless clients being treated with love, dignity and respect. The first day they arrive they are given hope. One man looked completely dejected while I was there. The staff determined his concern about having a surgery scheduled for a kidney removal, and then having to recover while on the street. The staff found means of providing this man a bed and place to recover following his surgery. And then to my great delight, the next time I came in to volunteer, I discovered this gentleman had been placed in permanent housing. With over 200 homeless people a day coming through the welcome center at KARM, the personal touch provided to these people is a Godsend.

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

I have witnessed several individuals turn over their lives there to the Lord. I have witnessed the joy of these individuals when provided with daily essentials that we take for granted. I have seen the change in a person when they realize they can receive mail, receive phone messages, make calls and apply for employment while staying at KARM.

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

Increase the amount of volunteer involvement in the day to day working.

Role:  Volunteer & I was trained and now attempt to provide the same level of personal care that I witnessed.