Progressive Directions Inc was originally chartered in 1976 as the Smiles Center. The Center’s mission was to serve adults with intellectual disabilities in the Clarksville Tennessee area. The agency began providing day services to the original 8 individuals whose families founded the concept that same year. The name was changed in 1978 to Progressive Directions Inc. In 1979 PDI expanded their scope of service to provide residential supports, opening their first group home in Clarksville. In 1983 services were again expanded to provide residential and day services to individuals residing in Stewart County. As our 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.
The Children’s program was added in 1984 with a mission to support children identified with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. The children’s program was so successful that in 2000 PDI built an integrated preschool/early intervention program named Kids Depot. In 2006 the agency expanded the Kid’s Depot facility and added a 7,200 square foot building on the existing property.
To accommodate the growing Day Service program, in 2003 the agency purchased a building on 170 W. Dunbar Cave Road in Clarksville. This purchase was made possible by a very generous donation from Clarksville’s Jim Amos. This building replaced the space previously being leased, saving the agency money and building equity in the community.
In August 2007 the Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic League merged with PDI. 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. July 2011 found PDI taking 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.
Most recently, the State of Tennessee adopted an initiative to ensure anyone who wishes to work in the community does so. In 2013 the agency was awarded a grant through DIDD’s Employment Initiative. Work began to become an employment network with expansion anticipated into surrounding counties.
PDI currently supports over 1,000 individuals in the Clarksville, Dover and surrounding areas
Progressive Directions, Inc. exists to serve the people of Montgomery and Stewart Counties, acting in the public interest by providing services to this Catchment area.
The agency is chartered by the State of Tennessee as a private not for profit organization. All Progressive Directions, Inc. operations are licensed by the State of Tennessee
The agency goal is to provide equal opportunity and access to services regardless of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex or veteran status.
Any person living or working in the agency’s catchment area may request services through the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services (DIDD).
Progressive Directions, Inc. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who meets monthly and maintains full responsibility for directing agency operations. These directors are representative of our community, limited to no more than fifteen in number. The Board appoints new members as needed and is responsible for giving direction to the delivery of services provided.
Serving the Board is the Executive Director, who is responsible for oversight and operation of all agency activities and programs. The Executive Director may retain and delegate such responsibility and authority to other agency staff consistent with sound management principles.
The agency is funded by grants, various contracts with governments, community agency funds, and private customer fees for service. The agency is further authorized to contract with Federal, State and private agencies to carry out its mission.
Adult Day Programs in Clarksville and Dover that serve over 80 individuals daily.
The Residential/Supported Living Program operates 16 homes in both counties supporting 34 individuals 24 hours a day, 265 days a year.
The Medical Residential Program operates 2 homes supporting 4 individuals, one in Montgomery and one in Stewart County. As our population has aged, it has become necessary to expand into these services as well as adding licensed practical nursing services to several of our individuals supported residentially.
The Personal Assistant Program: The Personal Assistant Program serves 21 individuals in the Clarksville area, one individual in Waverly TN and one in Springfield TN. We provide the needed support to foster independence and enhance the individual’s skills and abilities on a daily basis. The PA department also offers respite care, short term temporary care for program participants so that families can take a break from the daily routine of care giving.
The Supportive Employment Program: The Supported Employment Staff are trained to assist individuals with job seeking, training, placement, job maintenance, and ongoing support.
The Early Intervention Program: We serve children, birth to three years of age, who reside in Montgomery County, Stewart County and the Fort Campbell areas who have developmental delays or have a diagnosed condition which is likely to cause developmental delays.
PDI appreciates your donations. If you would like to make a donation please contact the main office at (931) 647-6333