Knox Area Rescue Ministries

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We achieve our mission through our ministry equation of Rescue + Relationships = Restoration. KARM uses this ministry equation because Jesus used it. He rescued us. He longs for a relationship with us. Through that rescue and ever-present, ever-growing relationship, He restores us. He spent his earthly ministry modeling for His followers the power and eternal impact of investing in others.

Every day of the year, 24 hours per day, Knox Area Rescue Ministries provides for Knoxville's vulnerable and desperate - first supplying rescue services of food and shelter; then providing healthy, supportive relationships; and, ultimately, restoration.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Knox Area Rescue Ministries
418 N Broadway
Knoxville, TN 37917


Phone: (865) 673-6540

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 620670972

CEO/President: Burt Rosen

Chairman: Doug Yoakley

Board size: 20


Ruling year: 1964

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1987


Since 1960, KARM has helped men and women struggling with homelessness, poverty and addiction to pick up the broken pieces and build a better life-one with a home, job, and loving relationships; a life that is healthy, whole, restored.

Mission statement

KARM's mission is to rescue and restore the poor and needy of the Knoxville area by providing recovery services in Jesus' name

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Rescue Missions/Homeless Shelters

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating63 of 102212 of 155
Fund acquisition rating340 of 102550 of 155
Resource allocation rating89 of 102514 of 155
Asset utilization rating112 of 102218 of 155

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$938,752$902,224$772,388$663,964$631,685
Short-term investments$417,027$436,015$395,667$379,995$356,106
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$6,174,911$3,237,282$2,543,230$2,855,880$2,581,835
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$13,553,017$11,845,265$12,073,285$10,411,132$10,347,283
Other long-term assets$564,263$234,414$353,993$412,634$1,021,953
Total long-term assets$14,117,280$12,079,679$12,427,278$10,823,766$11,369,236
Total assets$20,292,191$15,316,961$14,970,508$13,679,646$13,951,071
Payables and accrued expenses$1,690,549$1,365,099$1,879,658$1,122,916$1,518,623
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$1,690,549$1,365,099$1,879,658$1,122,916$1,518,623
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$7,989,315$4,553,314$4,696,700$4,658,946$5,001,983
Total liabilities$9,679,864$5,918,413$6,576,358$5,781,862$6,520,606
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$10,499,949$9,347,086$8,228,788$7,303,300$6,797,211
With donor restrictions$112,378$51,462$165,362$594,484$633,254
Net assets$10,612,327$9,398,548$8,394,150$7,897,784$7,430,465
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$22,417,966$20,918,481$18,465,872$16,573,635$15,736,583
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$8,957$8,789$0$267$84
Other revenue$456,548$98,975($52,725)$191,666($3,204)
Total other revenue$465,505$107,764($52,725)$191,933($3,120)
Total revenue$22,883,471$21,026,245$18,413,147$16,765,568$15,733,463
Program services$19,207,647$17,814,304$15,963,621$14,788,607$12,776,290
Management and general$854,941$856,677$566,047$365,991$404,682
Total expenses$21,669,692$20,021,847$17,872,071$16,352,777$14,483,766
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$1,213,779$1,004,398$541,076$412,791$1,249,697
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$1,213,779$1,004,398$541,076$412,791$1,249,697


Burt RosenPresident/CEO$225,734

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 7/28/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


In 1960, five local pastors began looking for ways to meet the needs of Knoxville's growing homeless population. They envisioned a ministry that would share the love of Jesus Christ by meeting the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of hurting and homeless men who found themselves lost and forgotten in a busy world.

On December 8 of that year, they opened the doors of the Knoxville Union Rescue Mission, located on Fifth Avenue in the heart of Knoxville's downtown. With a new facility and staff fully in place, the young ministry began the slow, yet steady work of rescue and transformation, extending the hands and heart of Jesus Christ to all who walked through its doors.

Responding to the changing face of homelessness and East Tennessee's growing need, the ministry changed its name to Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM).

Over the years, crimes of violence, theft, drugs and human trafficking among Knoxville's homeless have dramatically increased, creating a culture of hopeless despair and resulting in a cyclical lifestyle that many find impossible to escape on their own.

In the very middle of this seemingly hopeless and chaotic situation, Knox Area Rescue Ministries continues to open its doors to our area's homeless and hurting-extending overwhelming biblical hospitality and using our ministry formula of Rescue + Relationships = Restoration to help rekindle lost hope.

Since 1960, KARM has seen change of leadership, expansion of facilities, and the refinement of operational processes and procedures. But one thing has not changed-our commitment to restore lives in Jesus' name.

Program accomplishments

In 2021:
185,000 meals served
16,500 hours of vocational training
76,000 nights of safe shelter
875 women receiving vital care