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Knox Area Rescue Ministries received a $1 million check Thursday to help pay for several projects.

KARM will use the money to pay for courtyard renovations, rehabilitation to its overnight women's shelter and its new floor for transitional housing. That's where KARM runs its Launch Point program, a 30-day program designed to help people get back on their feet.

"What we're finding is that not only are people getting into housing quicker and finding employment quicker, they're improving their chances for a restored life and re-assuming a rightful role in the community. It's removing the alienation," said Burt Rosen, president and CEO of KARM.

Rosen described Launch Point as a critical program. He says KARM is thankful for the money which will help hundreds of Knoxville's homeless, low-income residents.