Community Services

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Workforce Esssentials
Workforce Essentials is a private, non-profit organization with over 20 years experience helping job seekers find their place in the workforce.  We offer a wide range of services.  Please see our flyer for details and contact information.



Youth CAN
Youth CAN is a non-profit program that assists out-of-school youth with educational goals and career planning. Youth CAN participants are guided toward getting their GED, HISET, or other workforce credential. Participants are also helped secure a job via paid work experiences, community connections, tutoring, resume workshops, financial assistance with career-related expenses, and more. To qualify for the program, a person must be between the ages of 16-24, be either a dropout or graduate, and meet one of the following criteria: homeless, a dropout, pregnant or parenting, an offender, an individual with a disability, a recipient of foster care, or basic literacy skills deficient. If you are a Sumner County resident, please contact Mackenzie @ 615-354-7955 or Anita at 615-290-2477, or email to determine eligibility.



The Paraclete Center and Ramsey Closet
312 N. Durham Street
Gallatin, TN 37066
Phone: 615-206-8629
The West Eastland Church of Christ in Gallatin has an outreach ministry that provides free counseling and free clothes to the community.  The Paraclete Center provides free counseling, and the Ramsey Closet provides free clothes.  This ministry was started in June of 2014, and we have served over 1,700 families. 



American Cancer Society Needs Volunteer Drivers for Patients in Sumner County
Despite remarkable progress in the fight against cancer, there are many cancer patients today whose greatest challenge isn’t lack of treatment. It’s lack of transportation.

Right now, the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program needs volunteers from the Gallatin area to drive cancer patients to and from their treatments.

If you have a car and insurance, safe driving skills, and can drive as little as one morning or afternoon a month, you can give someone peace of mind and the chance to get to their potentially lifesaving treatments.

To volunteer, contact Katie Petersen, the Society’s local staff partner based in Nashville, at 615-341-7319 or

Those needing transportation assistance or cancer information should contact the American Cancer Society 24 hours a day at 1-800-227-2345.

Road to Recovery ensures that patients have transportation when they need it the most. For these patients, our drivers are a lifeline. It’s a valuable service, but one that requires tremendous volunteer manpower, which means we’re always looking for new people. Some patients simply do not have a vehicle or may be too ill to drive. Family and friends can sometimes help provide transportation. At other times, a patient’s lack of transportation may prevent them from receiving potentially lifesaving cancer treatment.   Road to Recovery reduces the burden felt by many patients and allows them to focus on getting well.  Volunteers may drive as frequently as their schedules permit them to transport patients to and from area treatment centers.



Cumberland Valley Arc
Cumberland Valley Arc, Inc. is a non-profit organization listed with the State of Tennessee. The organization serves individuals with disabilities in Sumner, Wilson, Trousdale and Macon Counties. Please visit their web site:,



Gallatin C.A.R.E.S.
241 W Eastland Street
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615) 452-5732
Gallatin C.A.R.E.S. provides emergency assistance including food, clothing, prescription medication, utilities, and rent to people in need in the Gallatin area, within available resources.  In addition, Gallatin C.A.R.E.S. has a thrift shop, and they are the local distribution agency of food through Angel Food Ministries.
Please click here for a flyer about Angel Food Ministries.



Want to do a bit for world peace? Or, just help one child?
Share Your Life ... Host an AFS Exchange Student!
AFS Intercultural Programs is a non-profit organization that places exchange students into homes all around the world, including in Middle Tennessee.   Host families basically accept an exchange student from another country into their home for 11 months.  The student attends your local high school and learns about life in the United States firsthand.  This is a truly amazing experience for both the exchange student and the host family. Please click here for more information on the local-area AFS chapter:   If you have questions or want to volunteer, please feel free to call Brian at the AFS Eastern Region Service Center in Baltimore, Maryland, 1-800-876-2377, ext 124.  You may also e-mail   For more information on AFS, please go to:  




Housing Resources
 Sponsored by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, this web site is a free search-and-listing service for housing resources such as foreclosure, prevention, grant administrators, homeless shelters, barrier-free living, emergency repair, transitional housing, homebuyer education, homeowner rehabilitation, opportunities for home ownership, and more.



Freedom Farm Animal Sanctuary
FFAS is a 501(c )(3) non-profit organization dedicated to rescuing abused, abandoned and neglected animals in middle Tennessee. The animals taken in by FFAS are checked by a veterinarian, vaccinated, spayed or neutered and then placed in our adoption program and housed by a volunteer foster parent. We are committed to long-term care and placement of all animals that come into Freedom Farm. Therefore, we do not euthanize as a means of population control or to make room for new animals.  For more information, please visit: 



 HomeSafe-Inc. is a domestic violence program serving Sumner, Wilson, Robertson and Trousdale Counties. Our services are free and confidential. We offer  the following services:
  24-hour emergency help line.
  Safety planning.
  Advocacy with law enforcement and other social service agencies.
  Emergency shelter.
  Peer counseling (in person and over the phone).
  Children's programs and peer counseling.
  Legal advocacy (including assistance filing Orders of Protection and court accompaniment).
  Referrals to other community agencies.
  Advocacy for immigrants, refugees, and survivors with disabilities.
  Community education for church groups and civic clubs.
  Safety planning for businesses.
  Teen dating violence prevention programs in Sumner County middle and high schools.
  Safe dating programs for youth groups, Girl Scouts/Boy Scouts, and other youth organizations.
 If you or someone you know is in an unsafe or violent relationship, please call our 24-hour emergency help line (615-452-4315). En Espanol or other languages please call 615-969-3260.
 Love shouldn't hurt. HomeSafe can help.
 HomeSafe of Sumner, Wilson and Robertson Counties-Inc.
 P.O. Box 607
 Gallatin, TN 37066
 Office: 615-452-5439
 Fax: 615-451-4453
 Sumner County Helpline: 615-452-4315
 Wilson County Helpline: 615-444-8955
 Robertson County Helpline: 615-382-0829
 Embrace (for immigrants and refugees): 615-969-3260 
 Hope. Healing. HomeSafe



Dial 211
You may dial 2-1-1 from any phone in Tennessee, and a trained operator will help you find the assistance you need.  You may also click on the link below and search by Zip code:


Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County
Habitat for Humanity is not a charity or give-away program. Habitat For Humanity builds houses with Sumner County families in need. Volunteer labor is used to build houses to keep building costs low for Habitat families. Families make a small down payment on their homes and pay a monthly no-interest mortgage payment. In addition, families contribute up to 500 hours of "sweat equity" in building their home. Please see for more information.



Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee
650 North Water Avenue
Gallatin, TN 37066
(615) 451-1880 (Voice, Sumner County)
(615) 444-5221 (Voice, Wilson County)
(615) 451-1880 (Voice, Trousdale County ... Call Collect)
Click Here for More Information



Special Riders of Sumner
P.O. Box 131
Cottontown, TN 37048
Christi Carter, Executive Director
(615) 452-4960
Provides free horseback riding sessions to Sumner County youth and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities.  SRS was founded in Portland by Ed Troxler and the SRS program operated from Ed's farm in Portland for many years.  After Ed's death in 2001, the SRS riding program moved to Hendersonville.



Sumner County Foster Care Association
President: Tina Brown
(615) 325-4251
A quote from a foster parent: "My husband and I are among a growing population of foster parents in Portland.  We have been foster parents for two years now.  We have seen a lot of kids come and go in our home.   The main goal is to have children reunited with their families.  Sometimes this is possible.  In cases where it is not, the State of Tennessee works to find the children an adoptive home.  While children are in our home, we want them to know that they are safe and loved."

Our organization meets every third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the First Methodist Church on Main Street in Gallatin.  We provide training and a support group for our foster parents, and we all work together to help meet the needs of all the children.  Please call or e-mail Tina for more information.  Thank you.



The Alliance for Native American Indian Rights
The Alliance for Native American Indian Rights, based in Nashville, Tennessee, is a non-profit, all-volunteer, intertribal organization dedicated to preserving and protecting Native American burial grounds and other culturally significant places.
For more information, please click here.



United Way of Sumner County
 1531 Hunt Club Blvd., Suite 110
 Gallatin, TN 37066
 Phone: (615) 461-8371
 Fax: (615) 461-8711
Web Site:
The United Way of Sumner County provides a wealth of services which you or someone you know might need.
For a list of the current programs, please visit their web site at: and click on "Agencies".
You may also contact United Way of Sumner County at the address below.  They will be happy to refer you to one of their agencies.



Lyme Disease Support Network of Middle Tennessee
 This organization provides information and support for people who have (or might have) Lyme Disease and other tick-borne related illnesses.  Lyme Disease is becoming more and more common in Tennessee.  The disease is spread by tick bites, but it can be hard to diagnose and treat.  Early symptoms can include rashes, fever, malaise, fatigue, headache, muscle and joint aches, and others.  Later symptoms (which can occur a month or more after the tick bite) can include fatigue, muscle pain, joint pain with or without arthritis, numbness, tingling, burning, itching, tremor, muscle twitching, Bell's palsy, vision problems (e.g., double vision), sensitivity to light or motion or sound, balance problems, short-term memory loss, sleep disturbance, nausea or vomiting, and others. The support group holds monthly meetings.  Please click on the link above for additional information, including dates, times and location of meetings.  The photo above is of a deer tick, one of the major carriers of Lyme Disease.



Journeys of Hope, Inc.
Journeys of Hope Inc. is a non-profit faith-based organization serving the Middle Tennessee rural Counties, We serve individuals and families who suffer from substance addiction as well as offer wide spectrum of services for the adult and adolescent population. Fees are on a sliding scale according to income, to better serve those below median income or who do not have insurance. Services are provided free for those who do not have income.
Individual Counseling Services
Group Therapy sessions/relapse prevention program
Mental Health services/referrals
Co-occurring Disorders
Adolescent Counseling
Anger Management
Crisis Intervention
Marital Counseling
Drug testing with laboratory confirmation
Referrals for In Patient Treatment
Placement/homeless individuals/families
A&D clinical assessments
Psychological evaluations
Probation/Parole compliance-non compliance reports
Consultant Service

All drug test are also followed up with a laboratory confirmation by a toxicologist.

Call for an appointment or information at 615-218-7094

Cynthia Malone MS, MA.
Executive Director
Journeys of Hope