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: Danita McCartney

Chairman: Doug Yoakley

Board size: 18


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 rating55 of 10967 of 145
Fund acquisition rating235 of 109819 of 145
Resource allocation rating107 of 109813 of 145
Asset utilization rating198 of 109628 of 145

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$1,688,628$1,339,917$938,752$902,224$772,388
Short-term investments$4,550,439$4,934,916$417,027$436,015$395,667
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$13,652,987$10,536,360$6,174,911$3,237,282$2,543,230
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$16,936,004$14,837,943$13,553,017$11,845,265$12,073,285
Other long-term assets$497,232$637,345$564,263$234,414$353,993
Total long-term assets$17,433,236$15,475,288$14,117,280$12,079,679$12,427,278
Total assets$31,086,223$26,011,648$20,292,191$15,316,961$14,970,508
Payables and accrued expenses$2,257,123$2,376,855$1,690,549$1,365,099$1,879,658
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$2,257,123$2,376,855$1,690,549$1,365,099$1,879,658
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$5,080,647$5,273,195$7,989,315$4,553,314$4,696,700
Total liabilities$7,337,770$7,650,050$9,679,864$5,918,413$6,576,358
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$23,446,759$18,243,668$10,499,949$9,347,086$8,228,788
With donor restrictions$301,694$117,930$112,378$51,462$165,362
Net assets$23,748,453$18,361,598$10,612,327$9,398,548$8,394,150
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$38,281,432$33,055,644$22,417,966$20,918,481$18,465,872
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($16,573)$123$8,957$8,789$0
Other revenue$571,657$909,969$456,548$98,975($52,725)
Total other revenue$555,084$910,092$465,505$107,764($52,725)
Total revenue$38,836,516$33,965,736$22,883,471$21,026,245$18,413,147
Program services$29,224,712$23,189,449$19,207,647$17,814,304$15,963,621
Management and general$1,408,445$902,714$854,941$856,677$566,047
Total expenses$32,756,374$26,216,465$21,669,692$20,021,847$17,872,071
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$6,080,142$7,749,271$1,213,779$1,004,398$541,076
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$6,080,142$7,749,271$1,213,779$1,004,398$541,076


Burt RosenCEO$240,910
Danita McCartneyPresident$107,265

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/18/2023. 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:
291,787 meals served
937 Women and Children Served
123,012 nights of Shelter Provided
6277 Health Care Services Provided