Support Groups 

Special Needs

Special Needs

Food and Shelter

Meals on Wheels

Knowles Senior Citizens Center, 1801 Broadway 327-4551

Delivers hot, diet-specific meals Monday through Saturday to homebound senior citizens. Volunteers can commit to delivering as often as one day a week; once-a-month slots are available. Call for more information.

Nashville Family Shelter (NFS)


Provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, social-service networking, and meals. Also serves homeless families with disabilities and chronic health problems. Volunteers are always welcome to work in the shelter, with meals or in other capacities.

Nashville’s Table

1416 Lebanon Rd. 244-4564

A nonprofit food rescue program that collects and distributes excess prepared and perishable food to more than 100 Nashville agencies. There are many volunteer opportunities available. Call Lori Brown to schedule a shift or email

Room in the Inn

Campus for Human Development, 532 8th Ave. S. 251-7019

Provides winter shelter for the homeless from Nov. 1-Mar. 31 at church congregations throughout Nashville. Call for information on volunteering individually or as a group.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

608 20th Ave. N. 329-3491

Gathers and distributes 10 million pounds of food annually to the hungry in Middle Tennessee. Second Harvest offers many diverse volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups of all ages, including inspecting and sorting food, organizing food drives or serving children at the Kids’ Cafe program.

General Assistance

Catholic Charities of Tennessee

30 White Bridge Rd. 352-3087

10 S. 6th St. 259-3567

Social services including adult daycare, counseling, and programs for refugees. Catholic Charities also offers many opportunities for volunteers, including working with the elderly, translating, tutoring, and mentoring youth who’ve been affected by homicide.

Council on Aging of Greater Nashville

PO Box 50593, 37205 385-2221 ext.33

Publishes the Directory of Services for Senior Citizens ($5), a detailed guide to senior citizens’ resources in the 13 counties of North Middle Tennessee, including adult daycare, emergency assistance, employment, health, housing, etc.

Crisis Intervention Center


Offers a crisis & suicide intervention line, telephone counseling and referral services. The center also offers support groups for survivors affected by suicides or sudden deaths. The center welcomes volunteers to answer the crisis lines. (Forty hours of initial training is required.) Call for further information.

Family & Children’s Services

Central Office: 201 23rd Ave. N. 327-0833 or 320-0591

Southeast Office: 4732 W. Longdale Dr. 832-9220

In collaboration with the state’s Department of Children’s Services, the private agency runs adoption, outreach and counseling programs. Their Relative Care Givers Program offers support services for extended family in charge of adopted children.

Gordon Jewish Community Center

801 Percy Warner Blvd.


The Jewish Community Center provides recreational, educational, social and cultural programs and services to the entire Nashville community. Programs are extensive and vary depending on season and age of participants. Athletics, day care, preschool programs, lectures and social groups are just some of the many programs available. Call or visit the homepage for more information. Membership open to everyone.

Habitat for Humanity—Nashville Area

533 Hagan St. 254-4663

A nonprofit organization that builds homes for low-income families. Call to become a volunteer, have your company/organization sponsor a home, or to get information on becoming the recipient of a home.

Jewish Family Service of Nashville

Jewish Community Center, 801 Percy Warner Blvd., Ste. 103 356-4234

A nonprofit organization that provides services to all members of the Nashville community such as adoption services, counseling and psychotherapy, emergency assistance, refugee resettlement, and family life and community enrichment. Volunteers are always welcome to help in various capacities. Membership open to everyone.

Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee

211 Union St., Suite 800 37201 244.6610

Serves Davidson and Williamson counties by providing legal representation to the elderly and to victims of domestic violence without regard to income. In all other instances, clients’ income must be at or below federal poverty guidelines. Call Jean Crowe for more information at the above number.

Metropolitan Action Commission

1624 Fifth Ave. N. 37208


Offers many programs for those in need, including assistance with heating/cooling, rent/mortgage, water, prescriptions, delinquent taxes, job training/placement, transportation vouchers for GED students and job-training students, and much more (Community Service Block Grant), plus children’s health and education (Head Start). There are many volunteer opportunities available at the commission.

Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency

337 S. Cumberland St., Lebanon 37087 742-1113

Offers a variety of programs such as help with utility bills, rent, medicine, minor home repairs, weatherization programs, Head Start, and more to low-income persons and households. Serves eight counties surrounding Davidson: Cannon, Rutherford, Robertson, Sumner, Williamson, Cheatham, Wilson and Trousdale.

Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency

301 S. Perimeter Park Dr. 37211331-6033

A nonprofit agency that provides services such as senior community service employment, summer youth employment, misdemeanor management, home health care, Meals-on-Wheels, senior care and more to Davidson and 12 surrounding counties.

Nashville Bar Association

“Dial A Lawyer” 242-9272

“Lawyer Referral” 242.6546

The Nashville Bar Association offers a number of free services that are available to the public. “Dial A Lawyer” operates 6-8 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Call to talk to volunteer lawyers for legal counseling and questions about the law. Lawyers wishing to volunteer should contact Tracy Hollingsworth at the above number. “Lawyer Referral” provides free referrals and retaining of legal counsel. Call for more information.

Nashville Pro Bono Program


In partnership with Legal Aid and sponsored by the Nashville Bar Association, the program represents or gives advice to low-income clients in certain civil legal matters using local volunteer attorneys.

Neighborhood Resource Center


Provides technical and organizational assistance and leadership training to neighbors seeking to improve their quality of life.

Martha O’Bryan Center

711 S. 7th St. 254-1791

This center, dedicated to helping families in need living in East Nashville, offers volunteer orientation classes demonstrating varieties of ways to become involved in the betterment of lives. Programs include GED classes, a job club, mentoring and tutoring services, and more. Call Jenna at ext. 324 for further information.

Seniors Citizens Inc.

1801 Broadway 327-4551

Operating four centers in Davidson County and two centers in Williamson County, SCI offers numerous wellness programs for adults 55 and older such as regular health checks, workshops, mental health and peer counseling. The organization also offers a variety of classes for education, skills building and exercise. SCI’s Living At Home Program provides education and health-related services to homebound seniors and their families.

Senior Solutions


Offers a free information, referral and assistance network designed to help adults aged 55 and over get answers to questions about services for senior citizens in the Greater Nashville area. Call the above number or email

YMCA of Middle Tennessee

900 Church St. 259-9622

Offers health and fitness programs, community outreach, youth programs and child care.

Health Services

Alive Hospice

1718 Patterson St. 327-1085

Alive Hospice provides compassionate end of life care, grief support and education to patients, their families and the community. Volunteers are welcome to assist with patient care in homes or in The Residence at Alive Hospice, provide bereavement support or assist in the administrative office.

American Cancer Society

2008 Charlotte Ave. 327-0991

Dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem, the Society offers programs and services to help improve the quality of life for cancer patients and their families. Programs include Road to Recovery, Reach to Recovery and Camp Horizon. For more information, call the anytime hotline, 800-ACS-2345 or visit the Web at

American Lung Association of Middle Tennessee

Nashville House, 1 Vantage Way, St. C-250 329-1151

Works with the Tennessee Thoracic Society to prevent breathing-related diseases through education and research. Volunteers are welcome to help in programs such as “Open Airways for Schools,” which teaches children with asthma how to manage the disease, and smoking-cessation programs for children and teens.

Interfaith Dental Clinic

1721 Patterson St. 329-4790

Comprehensive dental clinic for low-income residents of Davidson or surrounding counties who are working, yet have no insurance. There is an application process, but patients usually pay about 10 percent of normal dental fees. No emergency cases are accepted; however all other standard dental procedures can be performed by Interfaith.

Nashville CARES

209 10th Ave. S., Ste. 160 259-4866

A nonprofit organization that works with AIDS patients and their families. Volunteers are welcome to assist in filling food bags, office tasks, education programs, helping with special events and more.

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

1103 Chapel Ave. 226-2292

National Kidney Foundation of Middle Tennessee

2120 Crestmoor Rd. 383-3887

NKF is a nonprofit agency covering 40 counties of Middle Tennessee. NKF provides educational materials and programs to persons with diseases of the kidney and urinary tract, direct financial assistance to patients with kidney failure, funds research, and community services such as screenings and speakers. Volunteers are needed for general office work and help with special events.

Outlook Nashville

3004 Tuggle Ave. 834-7570

Infant/Toddler Intervention Program: 834-5433.

Adult Program: 834-6220. Serves mentally and physically disabled children and adults. Volunteers are always welcome to assist teachers in the classroom and to provide playground supervision.

Planned Parenthood of Middle Tennessee

Administration & Education Office: 50 Vantage Way, Ste. 102 345-0952

Midtown Health Center: 412 D.B. Todd Blvd. 321-7216

In addition to the reproductive health services Planned Parenthood is known for, the organization also offers a full range of women’s health services, physicals for high school students, and general health services (e.g., cold and flu care). Planned Parenthood also sponsors the PG-13 Players, a peer guidance theater group. All medical appointments can be made by calling 345-0952. Volunteers are needed to serve in a variety of positions from cooking to helping with donation collecting.

Tennessee AIDS Hotline

(800) 525-2437

The hotline offers free and confidential counseling and connections to the Tennessee Department of Health, which offers free, confidential HIV testing at local health department offices. Call the hotline for more information.

Public Health Clinics

Metro operates four clinics. Service charges are either fixed at low rates or based on income. For general information, call 862-5900.

Downtown Clinic for the Homeless

526 8th Ave. S. 862-7900

East Nashville Health Center

1015 E. Trinity Ln. 862-7916

Lentz Public Health Center

311 23rd Ave. N. 340-5658

Woodbine Clinic

224 Oriel Ave. 862-7940

Public Hospitals

Metro General Hospital

1818 Albion St. 341-4000

Metropolitan Bordeaux Hospital

1414 County Hospital Rd. 862-7000

Services for Women

Domestic Violence Hotline


Sponsored by the Domestic Violence Hotline Initiative Committee, the hotline offers parenting and domestic violence help. Call the number above within Davidson County; call (800) 356-6767 in outlying areas.

Dress for Success Nashville


A member of Dress for Success Worldwide, Dress for Success distributes interview-appropriate suits to women seeking employment. Clients must be recommended by nonprofit organizations or government agencies. Call or visit for further information.

Hope Clinic for Women

1810 Hayes St. 321-0005

A resource for pregnant women and mothers. Adoption assistance available. Volunteers may assist in counseling and numerous other services; training is required.

Mercy Ministries of America

15328 Old Hickory Blvd. 831-6987

Nondenominational, nonprofit residential space for young women ages 13-28 has its private headquarters in Nashville while it is expanding globally. Help is offered to women dealing with unplanned pregnancies, suicidal tendencies and depression, and to those who simply need somewhere to turn. Education in basic life skills such as cooking and cleaning is offered, as well as high school and GED courses and preparation and assistance for college.

S.A.V.E. (Survivors Against Violent Environments)

202-5252 (Call between 5 & 10 p.m.)

An organization of Christian women provides a safe, confidential place of support for female victims of domestic violence. S.A.V.E. has weekly meetings; locations and times are confidential. Child care is provided.

Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

P.O. Box 120972, 37212 386-9406

Statewide Crisis Hotline: 1-800-356-6767

A nonprofit organization composed of a statewide network of shelters, programs and individuals working to end domestic violence in Tennessee.

YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee

1608 Woodmont Blvd. 269-9922

Davidson and Williamson County Crisis line: 242-1199

(800) 334-4628

Offers safe and confidential support groups for victims of domestic violence. Free child care is available. Options include a group for African American women and a Spanish-speaking group. Call either of the 24-hour crisis lines for more information about support group locations and meeting times.

League for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

415 4th Ave. S. 248-8828

Provides interpreting services and programs in education, employment and public education/awareness. A newly completed youth center provides tutoring and recreational services. Call for more information about center services and volunteer opportunities.

Tennessee Disability Information and Referral Office

John F. Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development

Peabody College, Vanderbilt University

322-8529 or (800) 640-INFO (4636)

Hearing impaired: (800) 273-9595

Publishes disability service directories for West, Middle and East Tennessee available at statewide agencies and libraries, and provides information and service referrals for people of all ages and all types of disabilities. Also organizes a statewide calendar of disability-related meetings, events and conferences. Call for more information.

Substance Abuse Recovery

Alcohol & Drug Council of Middle Tennessee

2612 Westwood Dr. 269-0029 or 269-0344

Provides counseling, referral services, family and student assistance, homeless services, preventive education, professional training and other services.



Offers support for families & friends of alcoholics.

Alcoholics Anonymous Central Office

176 Thompson Ln. 831-1050

Offers help and information to anyone who wants to stop drinking or needs information about AA.

Nashville Prevention Partnership

2612 Westwood Dr. 269-0029

Tennessee Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services (TAADAS)

1 Vantage Way, Suite B-240 37228 780-5901

A statewide clearinghouse for alcohol and drug information funded by the Tennessee Department of Health. The “Tennessee REDLINE” phone line, (800) 889-9789, provides support and referrals to those with drug/alcohol problems or their loved ones.

Brain Tumor Support Group


For patients and their families. Meets at Southern Hills Medical Center, 391 Wallace Rd. Call for schedule information.

Sarah Cannon Cancer Center


The patient and family cancer support group meets the first Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. in the sixth-floor waiting room at the Summit Medical Center, 5655 Frist Blvd., Hermitage. 316-4399


A support group for women facing domestic conflicts, challenges and transitions, meets 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Stratford High School. 262-6732

Christians in Recovery & Beyond


Offered through the Counseling Ministry of Two Rivers Baptist Church. A 12-step alcohol/drug-recovery program. For more information, call the above direct line. All services are free and confidential.

CoDependents Anonymous

A 12-step fellowship to help men and women develop healthy relationships. Meets daily in Middle Tennessee; call for a schedule. 661-0067. Crisis Line: 244-7444

Gilda’s Club

1033 18th Ave. S. 329-1124

Founded in New York in honor of the fabulous Gilda Radner, Nashville’s branch is one of only 14 Gilda’s Clubs throughout the nation. Here men, women and children living with cancer can meet in support groups with their families and friends. Children can become a part of Nuggieland, a special program for kids. All activities at Gilda’s club are free of charge. Call for further information.

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Of America


Family support group meets 6 p.m. the second Monday of each month at Gilda’s Club Nashville, 1033 18th Ave. S. Call to register.

Lupus Foundation of America

4004 Hillsboro Pk., Suite 223-B 298-2273 or 877-865-8787

The Davidson County support group meets 3 p.m. the third Sunday of each month. Offers support and awareness meetings held in five surrounding counties.

Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee

2416 21st Avenue So. Suite 201 269-5355

A nonprofit agency that offers information, referral and consultation services regarding mental illness for families and consumers. Provides free educational programs to adults and school children of all ages about mental health. The aging services program provides consultation, respite, support groups and education for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Nashville Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)


A family organization for brain disorders hosts educational programs with guest speakers and The Bridges support group. The Journey of Hope support group, also sponsored by NAMI, meets only on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the same time and location. Call for schedule information.

Nashville DMDA


Support group that meets the first Tuesday of every month for those suffering from depression and manic depression and their families and friends. Call for information.

Nashville H.E.L.P.


Herpes support group meets 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month in Room LL2, West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave.

National Hepatitis C Coalition


Meets 6:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at Middle Tennessee Medical Center, 400 N. Highland Ave., Murfreesboro. For more information, call Patty at 355-8604.

Recovery Inc.

A program for overcoming panic attacks, phobias and general anxiety, meets 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in Belmont United Methodist Church, Room 1, 2007 Acklen Ave. For information, call 952-9550 or 884-1064.

US-TOO Nashville

794-3860 or 834-2116.

A prostate cancer support group affiliated with the international US-TOO. Meets the second Tuesday of each month in the Gladys Owen Stringfield Bldg. Auditorium at Baptist Hospital. No meetings in July or December. Call for more information.

Youth Services

Adoption Connection

801 Percy Warner Blvd. 354-1664

Davidson County Child Abuse Reporting

900 2nd Ave. N. 329-1911 (24 hours)

Nashville Child Advocacy Center

1808 West End Ave. 327-9958

Working with the Department of Children’s Services, the Metro Police Department, and the District Attorney General, the center offers therapy and support services for sexually abused children and their families, helping to prevent further trauma. Volunteers are needed to help in administrative capacities and to formulate and oversee programs for children during meetings of the non-offending parents group.

Oasis Center

1221 16th Ave. S., PO Box 121648, 37212


Strives to work in partnership with youth, their families and community to meet, master and embrace the challenges of adolescence. The Oasis Center works with teens who need help and those that want help.

Parents Encouraging Parents

A free statewide program offered through the Department of Health that provides resources for caregivers of children with chronic illness or disability. 340-5669

Parents Reaching Out

A support organization for parents who are experiencing difficult pregnancies, or whose babies are in neonatal intensive care units. 646-1796

Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee (PCAT)

868-4468 or (800) 356-6767

An affiliate of Prevent Child Abuse America, PCAT provides free services to families including parent support groups, parenting classes, the Parent Helpline and Parent Pathway. Volunteers are welcome to help with teaching, counseling, answering the helpline or working in the homes of families with newborns.

Mid-Cumberland Community Services Agency

531 Metroplex Drive, Suite A-200 333-5400

State foster care agency.

Tennessee Voices for Children

1315 8th Avenue S. 37203 269-7751

A statewide nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of life and well-being for children and youth with emotional and behavioral disorders and their families.

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