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About Progressive Directions, Inc.

About PDI

Mission to Serve

Progressive Directions, Inc. is a nonprofit charitable organization established over forty years ago in Clarksville, TN. Since then, PDI has been guided by its mission to support persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities by providing innovative programs and delivering transformative services to the community. PDI continues reinforcing core beliefs by helping individuals attain personal success through gaining pride, dignity and independence.

There is no cure for an intellectual disability, but services and supports play an important role to enable persons supported to thrive throughout their lifetimes. Services for people with an intellectual disability and their families are primarily there to provide adequate support to allow for for all persons to be active and included in their communities. These services touch their daily lives through education, justice, housing, recreation, employment, healthcare and more.


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Any person living or working in Middle Tennessee may request services through the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services (DIDD).

  • Residential
    Offers limited care to 24-hour care.
  • Medical Residential
    Offers license practical nursing services when supported residentially.
  • In Home Day Program
    Offers supports for individuals not able to participate in community integration.
  • Community Integration
    Serves you daily with community activities and vocational training.
  • Supported Employment
    Assists you with job seeking, training, placement, job maintenance, and ongoing employment support.
  • Personal Assistance
    Provides support to foster independence and enhance life skills and abilities daily.
  • Private Pay
    Offers opportunities for community outings, developmental training and making friends.
  • Early Intervention
    Serves children (newborn to 3 years of age) who have developmental delays and live in Montgomery county, Stewart County, or the Fort Campbell area.
  • Kids Depot
    Child Daycare with a TN 3 Star Rating for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old.
  • Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic League
    Provides individuals the opportunity to play sports, regardless of their ability.


  • 1976: The Smiles Center was established
    The Center’s mission was to serve adults with intellectual disabilities in the Clarksville Tennessee area. The center provided day services to the original 8 individuals whose families founded the concept that same year.
  • 1978: Name changed to Progressive Directions, Inc.
  • 1979: Expansion of services
    Expanded services to provide residential support, opening the first group home in Clarksville.
  • 1983: Services expanded again
    Services expanded to provide residential and day services to individuals residing in Stewart County. As the population aged, it became necessary to provide more intensive medical supports, leading to the agency to add nursing services as well as Medical Residential Supports.
  • 1984: The Children’s program was added with a mission to support children identified with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.
  • 2000: Built an integrated preschool/early intervention program named Kids Depot.
  • 2006: Expanded the Kids Depot facility
    Kids Depot added a 7,200 square foot building on the existing property.
  • 2003: Purchased a building
    In order to accommodate the growing Day Service program, the building at 170 W. Dunbar Cave Road in Clarksville was purchased. This was made possible by a very generous donation from Clarksville’s Jim Amos. This building replaced the space previously being leased, saving money and building equity in the community.
  • 2007: Merge with Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic League
    Buddy Ball provided league sports for any person with a physical or intellectual disability. Baseball, bowling, basketball and cheerleading were modified so any person could participate no matter their special abilities.
  • 2011: PDI took over operation of the Montgomery County Thrift Store
    The store now provides employment training through our Supported Employment Program as well as continuing to meet the needs of individuals with limited incomes.
  • 2013: Awarded a grant through DIDD’s Employment Initiative
    The State of Tennessee adopted an initiative to ensure anyone who wishes to work in the community does so and awarded PDI a grant. Work began to become an employment network with expansion anticipated into surrounding counties.
  • 2016: Merge with Impact Centers, Inc.
    This expanded our service area to 4 more counties: Giles, Hickman, Marshall, and Maury.
  • Current: PDI supports over 1,000 individuals in Middle Tennessee.



The Mayor presented PDI with a proclamation making September 11-17, 2016 “Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week” in Clarksville-Montgomery County. From left to right: Octavious Williams (Program Coordinator), Jim Durrett (Montgomery County Mayor), Amy Caudill (VP of Region I) and Jay Albertia (President/CEO).