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

Rating: 5 stars  

Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) is a wonderful place for emergency shelter for men, women and families, which includes a shower, clean beds, and three meals a day and free hair cuts by local cosmetologists. Their men and women's recovery programs include Bible-based teachings, mentors, classes covering many aspects of daily living, on-job training, and the Abundant Life Kitchen classes turning students into chef-material. We are impressed with this organization because they take NO Federal funds. This way they are allowed to introduce those they serve not only to a clean place to sleep and eat, but they do it in the 'name of Jesus'. For 2 1/2 years, my husband and I have served lunch meals every Monday, become volunteers on other occasions/events, and are excited to attend graduations of those in the recovery programs. We have a lot of respect for the staff and other volunteers; and have come to love the residents and overnight guests. Many of them have become our friends. We encourage them, pray with them, laugh and cry with them.

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

Over the past 2 1/2 years we personally know of those who have graduated from the recovery programs offered at KARM, and those who have obtained jobs and housing and are still in them. This is NOT an easy thing for any of them to do. They've done it with a lot of help and counseling by staff and volunteers. We are proud of their successes.

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

I have no idea - My job is not to do, but to serve.

Role:  Volunteer & Serve lunch each Monday - Volunteer at other events - advocate for the homeless in the community.