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The Keenan Grimes Community Outreach Covered by the Blood Mission, located at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr Avenue and Chestnut Street, provides outreach and support to the least fortunate members of the Knoxville, Tennessee community, focusing on those experiencing homelessness and struggling with substance abuse.
In 2020, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic coincided with a spike in drug overdose deaths and a growing population of individuals experiencing homelessness in the city of Knoxville. That same year, the Keenan Grimes Center, under the name The Keenan Grimes Community Outreach Covered by the Blood Mission, received our 501(c)3 status and began operating as a federally-recognized, tax-exempt non-profit organization. Throughout the crisis, we have remained open to serve our community members, expanding our outreach to provide shelter, meals, clothing, and other critical services both at our location at 2461 Martin Luther King, Jr Avenue as well as at homeless encampments throughout the city.
The Keenan Grimes Community Outreach Center provides emergency shelter to up to fourteen individuals nightly.
The Keenan Grimes Outreach Team provides meals, clothing, and needed supplies to individuals living on the streets of Knoxville on a weekly basis.
Whether at the Center or in the streets, Keenan Grimes Community Outreach volunteers work to connect individuals with the services they need.