Knox Area Rescue Ministries broke ground Friday on a project that will turn an old parking lot into a new courtyard next to its main facilities in North Knoxville.
The courtyard will include a sheltered overhang, restrooms, benches, a concession area, and charging stations for people with electronic wheelchairs or devices.
KARM hopes it will provide a place where people can engage with the homeless people in our area, and begin relationships that can help them get on the road to a better life.
"So the idea was to create this place that would not only create overflow space on the days we're overcrowded, but it would be a place where we can engage people. Where we can invite members of the community, particularly churches given our mission, and to begin to learn the stories and engage people and hopefully provide the critical step that helps move people out of their homeless condition to something much better," said Burt Rosen, president and CEO of KARM.
KARM hopes to have the project finished by late May or early June.