Progressive Directions Inc

About Progressive Directions, Inc.

About PDI

Progressive Directions, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization established in Clarksville, TN in 1976. Our purpose is to serve people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Originally serving eight individuals, over the past 40 years we have expanded to serve over a thousand people in the Middle Tennessee area.

Our goal is to help individuals with life challenges attain personal success by providing life skills, opportunities and support in a respectful and caring manner. Regardless of age, disability, race, or gender, we believe every person should have the chance to live out his or her dream.


We appreciate your donation! To make a donation please contact our office at (931) 647-6333.


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

  • Adult Day Program
    Serves you on a daily basis.
  • The Residential/Supported Living Program
    Offers 24/7 support.
  • The Medical Residential Program
    Offers licensed practical nursing services if you are supported residentially.
  • The Personal Assistant Program
    Provides support to foster independence and enhance your skills and abilities on a daily basis. The PA program also offers respite short term care and temporary care so that families can take a break from the daily routine of care giving.
  • The Supportive Employment Program
    Assists you with job seeking, training, placement, job maintenance, and ongoing employment support.
  • The Early Intervention Program
    Serves children (newborn to 3 years of age) who have developmental delays or have a diagnosed condition which is likely to cause developmental delays and live in Montgomery County, Stewart County, or the Fort Campbell areas.

Board of Directors

Progressive Directions, Inc. is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet monthly and maintain 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. The Executive Director is responsible for oversight and operation of all agency activities and programs.


  • 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).