Welcome to Knoxville Bridge Ministry

For nearly four years the Bridge Ministry has served a meal each month to about 200 people in downtown Knoxville who are experiencing homelessness. We are a ministry of the Diocese of Knoxville and have volunteers from several parishes, Knights of Columbus councils and other friends who help out.

Typically we have between 25-35 volunteers who serve nearly 500 hot dogs with all the fixins, chili, chips, cookies and ice cream (in the summertime) to our homeless guests. All are welcome to volunteer, but children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. There is no need to notify us in advance if you wish to help serve, just show up at 11:00 on our monthly ministry day.

We serve our guests at the Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) outdoor courtyard on the 4th Sunday morning of the month. The average cost of food and supplies each month is between $300-$400. We welcome your financial donations, as we receive no direct financial support from the Diocese of Knoxville. Our only source of funds are your donations, 100% of which are used to purchase food and supplies. Your donation is tax-deductible.

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We were featured in the monthly magazine of the Diocese of Knoxville in November 2017. Click on the magazine cover to read the article:

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Ministry Calendar

    Dec
    22
    Sun
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard
    Dec 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard

    Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month at the outdoor courtyard at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). We start setting up to serve lunch at 11:00AM and we’ll be finished no later than 1:00PM. Arrive early if you wish to serve food, as we normally have an abundance of volunteers. If you do arrive later, no problem! We’ll find something for you to do.

    Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. We discourage children below the age of 12 from attending, although we can make an exception if they are closely supervised and remain close to their parent.

    Free parking under the I-40 overpass in the fenced parking area, located next to the courtyard. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Jan
    26
    Sun
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard
    Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard

    Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month at the outdoor courtyard at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). We start setting up to serve lunch at 11:00AM and we’ll be finished no later than 1:00PM. Arrive early if you wish to serve food, as we normally have an abundance of volunteers. If you do arrive later, no problem! We’ll find something for you to do.

    Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. We discourage children below the age of 12 from attending, although we can make an exception if they are closely supervised and remain close to their parent.

    Free parking under the I-40 overpass in the fenced parking area, located next to the courtyard. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Feb
    23
    Sun
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard
    Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard

    Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month at the outdoor courtyard at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). We start setting up to serve lunch at 11:00AM and we’ll be finished no later than 1:00PM. Arrive early if you wish to serve food, as we normally have an abundance of volunteers. If you do arrive later, no problem! We’ll find something for you to do.

    Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. We discourage children below the age of 12 from attending, although we can make an exception if they are closely supervised and remain close to their parent.

    Free parking under the I-40 overpass in the fenced parking area, located next to the courtyard. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Mar
    22
    Sun
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard
    Mar 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard

    Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month at the outdoor courtyard at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). We start setting up to serve lunch at 11:00AM and we’ll be finished no later than 1:00PM. Arrive early if you wish to serve food, as we normally have an abundance of volunteers. If you do arrive later, no problem! We’ll find something for you to do.

    Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. We discourage children below the age of 12 from attending, although we can make an exception if they are closely supervised and remain close to their parent.

    Free parking under the I-40 overpass in the fenced parking area, located next to the courtyard. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Apr
    26
    Sun
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard
    Apr 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard

    Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month at the outdoor courtyard at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). We start setting up to serve lunch at 11:00AM and we’ll be finished no later than 1:00PM. Arrive early if you wish to serve food, as we normally have an abundance of volunteers. If you do arrive later, no problem! We’ll find something for you to do.

    Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. We discourage children below the age of 12 from attending, although we can make an exception if they are closely supervised and remain close to their parent.

    Free parking under the I-40 overpass in the fenced parking area, located next to the courtyard. We look forward to seeing you there!

    May
    24
    Sun
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard
    May 24 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard

    Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month at the outdoor courtyard at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). We start setting up to serve lunch at 11:00AM and we’ll be finished no later than 1:00PM. Arrive early if you wish to serve food, as we normally have an abundance of volunteers. If you do arrive later, no problem! We’ll find something for you to do.

    Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. We discourage children below the age of 12 from attending, although we can make an exception if they are closely supervised and remain close to their parent.

    Free parking under the I-40 overpass in the fenced parking area, located next to the courtyard. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Jun
    28
    Sun
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard
    Jun 28 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard

    Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month at the outdoor courtyard at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). We start setting up to serve lunch at 11:00AM and we’ll be finished no later than 1:00PM. Arrive early if you wish to serve food, as we normally have an abundance of volunteers. If you do arrive later, no problem! We’ll find something for you to do.

    Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. We discourage children below the age of 12 from attending, although we can make an exception if they are closely supervised and remain close to their parent.

    Free parking under the I-40 overpass in the fenced parking area, located next to the courtyard. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Jul
    26
    Sun
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard
    Jul 26 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard

    Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month at the outdoor courtyard at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). We start setting up to serve lunch at 11:00AM and we’ll be finished no later than 1:00PM. Arrive early if you wish to serve food, as we normally have an abundance of volunteers. If you do arrive later, no problem! We’ll find something for you to do.

    Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. We discourage children below the age of 12 from attending, although we can make an exception if they are closely supervised and remain close to their parent.

    Free parking under the I-40 overpass in the fenced parking area, located next to the courtyard. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Aug
    23
    Sun
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard
    Aug 23 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard

    Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month at the outdoor courtyard at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). We start setting up to serve lunch at 11:00AM and we’ll be finished no later than 1:00PM. Arrive early if you wish to serve food, as we normally have an abundance of volunteers. If you do arrive later, no problem! We’ll find something for you to do.

    Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. We discourage children below the age of 12 from attending, although we can make an exception if they are closely supervised and remain close to their parent.

    Free parking under the I-40 overpass in the fenced parking area, located next to the courtyard. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Sep
    27
    Sun
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard
    Sep 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Bridge Ministry at KARM @ KARM Courtyard

    Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month at the outdoor courtyard at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). We start setting up to serve lunch at 11:00AM and we’ll be finished no later than 1:00PM. Arrive early if you wish to serve food, as we normally have an abundance of volunteers. If you do arrive later, no problem! We’ll find something for you to do.

    Youth under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent. We discourage children below the age of 12 from attending, although we can make an exception if they are closely supervised and remain close to their parent.

    Free parking under the I-40 overpass in the fenced parking area, located next to the courtyard. We look forward to seeing you there!

    Photos

    Early Days

    Our ministry began on Christmas Day 2015 when Scott & Christine Maentz decided to serve sandwiches, donuts, fruit and coffee to their homeless neighbors who stay “under the bridge” on N. Broadway Ave in Knoxville. Scott is a member of the Knights of Columbus (a Catholic men’s organization), to whom he suggested that this become a monthly ministry activity for his local council. They agreed and the ministry quickly expanded to include dozens of volunteers from various parishes around Knoxville.

    Looking for a New Home

    When the area under the bridge was fenced by the railroad in early 2017, we began searching for a new home for our monthly ministry. Our friends at the Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) graciously invited us to set up in their outdoor courtyard. We were thrilled to work with KARM and our relationship with them is outstanding. We experienced firsthand how God’s divine providence always provides for our needs.

    Serving in the KARM Courtyard

    Donate to the Bridge Ministry

    Your gift in support of the Knoxville Bridge Ministry is now tax-deductible! Recently established as a ministry of the Diocese of Knoxville, we are now able to accept your gift under its banner. Your donation will be available in its entirety to the Bridge Ministry, helping us feed our homeless neighbors by purchasing the necessary food and supplies that enable us to conduct this important ministry.

    Each month our ministry reaches out to 200-250 guests as we serve a lunch of nearly 500 hot dogs, chips, cookies, ice cream, lemonade and coffee at the courtyard at the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries (KARM). 

    We aspire to expand this ministry in the near future to provide mobile showers to our homeless neighbors who “camp” at various locations around town.

    Your donations and prayers for our ministry are very much appreciated. When you donate using the form below you will receive a receipt via email. Should you prefer to donate via check, please make the check payable to the Diocese of Knoxville and reference “Bridge Ministry” in the memo line. The mailing address is:

    Diocese of Knoxville
    Attn: Bridge Ministry
    805 S. Northshore Drive
    Knoxville, TN 37919

    May God richly bless your generosity!

    Contact Us

    Please drop us a note if you have any questions about our ministry. We’ll be back in touch soon!