Mission to Serve
About Progressive Directions, Inc.
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 individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities by providing innovative programs and delivering transformative services to the community. We currently support over 1,000 persons in 12 counties in Middle and West Tennessee. 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 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.
Any person living or working in Middle Tennessee may request services through the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services (DIDD).
In Home Day Program
1976The 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.
1978Name changed to Progressive Directions, Inc.
1979Expansion of services
Expanded services to provide residential support, opening the first group home in Clarksville.
1983Services 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.
1984The Children’s program was added with a mission to support children identified with developmental and/or intellectual disabilities.
Built an integrated preschool/early intervention program named Kids Depot.
2003Purchased 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.
2006Expanded the Kids Depot facility
Kids Depot added a 7,200 square foot building on the existing property.
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.
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.
2013Awarded 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.
2016Merge with Impact Centers, Inc.
This expanded our service area to 4 more counties: Giles, Hickman, Marshall, and Maury.
CurrentPDI supports over 1,000 individuals in Middle Tennessee.