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A grandmother came in with her 10 year old grandson asking for assistance in paying her past-due utility bill. Her electricity was going to be shut off soon and she was concerned about how she would care for her two grandchildren at home without any power. In talking with her, she shared that she often […]


In June, a woman came into SMARM in need of assistance after leaving a difficult living situation.  Not only did we help her secure emergency housing that day, we were able to get her a job in the community as well. We also provided her with the specific clothing she would need for work. In […]


We recently had a grandmother come in asking for help with paying her past-due rent. She shared that she had fallen behind in payments due to being on hospice and trying to pay for her medical treatments. She also had custody of her fifteen year old grandson and was using what money she had to […]

SMARM Stories – Assistance for Utility Bill

A recent family came to SMARM for assistance for a delinquent utility bill. They had gotten an extension on their scheduled “cut off” and were desperate to keep their electricity on for their 3 children. Each of them had jobs that were affected by COVID with closures and low hours.  The couple was able to […]

SMARM Stories – Mother’s Housing Affected by COVID

SMARM recently had a single mother of two come in for rental assistance.  She had been working as a server in a local restaurant until the pandemic caused closure. Her children were also school-age and were home while school as well.  During this time, she was able to secure her “dream job” as a cake […]

SMARM Stories – Caring Families

November 4, 2020 While an employee was working in the Treasures From the Heart Thrift Store a customer started a quick conversation.  They mentioned the reason they donate to our ministry is because “every penny of the proceeds goes to help those who live in Sevier County.” SMARM is thankful and blessed for every donation […]

SMARM Stories – Crisis Aid Hand Up

A couple relocated a few months ago from a nearby County. They had lost jobs there and came to our area and went to work immediately. They had used up their savings and last SSI check and were in the process of eviction. We paid some of their back rent and they were able to […]

SMARM Stories – A Hand Up

A couple with an infant and a toddler were behind financially when the baby was born. They missed paycheck shows us how many people are living on the edge. Just a small hand-up and the couple was settled in again. The good thing about many of these couples is their resiliency and their ability to […]

SMARM Stories – Unexpected Problems

Another unexpected hospitalization kept a single lady from paying her rent. She has a track record of work but no savings or excess funds. SMARM paid a portion of her rent and she felt all would be well in a few days since she was back at work.