Category Archives: SMARM’s Stories

A glimpse into the stories of the neighbors we see and how SMARM is able to help.


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 put the needs of her grandchildren before her own. She had a doctor’s appointment that day but did not want to use the little money that she had on gas to get there. SMARM was able to pay her utility bill and even helped her with gas to get to her appointment.



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 a follow-up appointment later on, we learned that she was able to secure long-term housing for herself and is thriving at work and in her personal life. Amazing!

We are thankful for the donations that aid our ministry in working in the community to make stories like these possible!



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 make sure that he was fed and cared for.  Fortunately, her landlord is someone who we have a long-term relationship with, so we were able to pay a larger amount of her past-due rent to help her avoid the eviction process and allow her to continue receiving hospice treatment at home.


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 find full-time employment together in a Christian environment, SMARM was able to pay their past-due electric bill and they were hopeful of a brighter future for their family.


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 decorator at a local grocery store and has full-time employment. There was a lapse of time between jobs causing her the inability to fully pay her her rent. SMARM was able to help her with a portion of her past-due rent so she could keep housing for her and her children.


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 we receive through our Thrift Store, we are grateful for each of our donors!!


SMARM – Assistance when needed.

A mother, father, a teenager, and two adult children were struggling to pay an electric bill. The only working person was the father and the reason they were behind was he had recent surgery and was out of work two weeks. What a wake-up call that should be if the children aren’t contributing to support the family. After our conversation with mom we reluctantly agreed to pay a portion of the past-due bill.

SMARM Stories – Aid in Grief

A recently widowed mother and her two children requested assistance to pay a delinquent electric bill. The tragic part of the request is that the death of her young husband was just
a few days ago and everything is an emergency. We paid her electric bill and offered encouragement to a young mother who had this unexpected tragedy. Her exclamation was she couldn’t believe she was a widow at age thirty-four with two small children,.
what a loss.