Helping Hands Ministry


The purpose of the Helping Hands Ministry at Bearden UMC is to be a good neighbor by providing discretionary spending aimed at granting financial assistance for housing, utilities, and food to individuals in our community and in our church.

Requesting Assistance
  • Requests are taken by phone, 865-239-8874. Please leave a voicemail that includes your first and last name, a good call back number, and a brief description of your request.
  • Requests are reviewed on Monday of each week.
    • If Monday is a holiday, requests will be reviewed the following week.
  • Those seeking assistance must be Knoxville residents or reside in nearby townships.
  • Groceries are available at our on-site Blessing Box and on the first Wednesday of the month through our partnership with the local FISH Pantry. If you would like to be added to the FISH grocery list, call our assistance line and include that as your request.
  • Please do not leave multiple messages as this will only delay our ability to process requests.

More Community Resources


Compassion Coalition - 865-251-1591
KUB - trouble paying an upcoming bill - 865-524-2911
KUB Assistance - 865-637-6700

Food Assistance

FISH of Knox County - 865-523-7900 (3-day emergency food for those without transportation)
KARM (lodging/meals) - 865-637-6540
Northwest FISH Hospitality Pantry (Living West of Broadway) - 865-971-4000
- 122 W. Scott Avenue, open 10 am - 1 pm Tuesday/Thursday and 4th Saturday of the month

Other Assistance

East TN Help (social services) - 211
CONTACT Help Line - 865-584-4424
Knoxville City Services - 311
KARM Crisis Line - 865-971-4673
Salvation Army - 865-525-9401
Volunteer Ministry Center - 865-524-3926
Community Chest - 865-971-4417
- 122 W. Scott Avenue, open 10 am - 5 pm Monday-Saturday (clothing & small household items, $1 per item)