Knox Area Rescue Ministries improves Hope Haven

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Knox Area Rescue Ministries has improved and enlarged Hope Haven, its overnight facility for women.

The new space will shelter over 100 women, an increase from the previous space for 40 women and will address the growing need for overnight shelter for homeless women, said Burt Rosen, President and CEO of Knox Area Rescue Ministries.

Thursday,afternoon Knox Area Rescue Ministries held an open house dedication of the new Hope Haven, with a dedication of the facility. Hope Haven is located inside KARM at 418 N. Broadway.

“We have watched the number of homeless women dramatically increase over recent years, mirroring the national trend.  As the numbers grew, previously many women in need who came through our doors had to sleep on pews in the chapel and on mats on the floor.  Our new space will provide much more pleasant conditions, as well as the opportunity for relational ministry with them,” said Rosen.

Saint John's Lutheran Church Pastor Amy Figg dedicated a new Hope Haven shelter for homeless women at Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Photo by Wes Hall.

Saint John's Lutheran Church Pastor Amy Figg dedicated a new Hope Haven shelter for homeless women at Knox Area Rescue Ministries. Photo by Wes Hall.

The new Hope Haven space provides more beds, restrooms, showers, and living space in addition to a women’s community room where staff and volunteers can build meaningful ministry relationships to assist women in changing their circumstances.

Knox Area Rescue Ministries is home to nearly 400 people each night and provides nearly 1,000 meals daily. KARM has served the area as a Christian ministry since 1960. KARM is devoted to rescue, recovery and restoration, providing food for the hungry, shelter for the homeless, and healing for hurting people in our community. To learn more visit www.karm.org or call 673-6540.

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Story by Wes Hall | w.hall@theknoxvillejournal.com

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