Catholic Charities at C. E. McGruder

A central place and team dedicated to the needs of North Nashville

Catholic Charities at C. E. McGruder serves all of North Nashville from a central location on 25th Avenue.

In this one location, North Nashville residents find help with the many services that Catholic Charities offers as well as those from community partners.

Many of the staff who work at McGruder are North Nashville residents and leaders in the community.

McGruder frequently hosts community meetings and offers residents recreational opportunities, including fields, courts, and a community garden

Partner programs at McGruder

Catholic Charities at C. E. McGruder offers more than 20+ programs that help North Nashvillians improve the quality of their lives. See individual programs below for availability and scheduling.

• Family and Adult program
• Children and Youth Programs
• Starting a Business

Family and Adult Programs

Family and Adult Services focus on building healthy, happy families in North Nashville.

  •  C.A.R.E. (Creating Avenues for Restoration & Empowerment) – The C.A.R.E. Diversionary Court program at the Bordeaux North Community Justice Center provides individualized case management, accountability and rehabilitation, victim restitution, community restoration, and dismissal and expungement after successful completion. (referrals)
  • Department of Human Services (DHS) – Provides SNAP enrollment, recertification, etc. provided by the State of Tennessee (Mondays only)
  • Destination Graduation – Provides guidance and support to parents of school age children to help navigate student issues, etc. (referrals)
  • Family Collective – Case management to help families with children achieve housing stability (referrals)
  • Fatherhood Training – Monthly fatherhood training recognized by the court system for men in the Nashville area (monthly three-day training)
  • Free Hearts – Education, workforce development, support, and advocacy for formally incarcerated women, men and their families; free legal advice in collaboration with the Public Defender’s Office; Parenting Classes offered recognized by court system (Monday-Friday)
  • Living At Home – Provides support to older adults who struggle with day-to-day obstacles like socialization and finances (referrals and scheduled appointments)
  • Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center – Assists individuals and families with insurance enrollment (Mondays only 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • Mid-Cumberland Childcare Resource and Referral – Provides training and resources to parents, child care professionals, and others who support quality childcare and development (Mondays only from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
  • MoreComputing – Provides basic computer skills training to strengthen the development of individuals by helping them to attain technological skills necessary to be self-sufficient in the workplace (Fall and Spring, 6-week courses)
  • Nashville Food Project – Oversees the community garden at the McGruder Family Resource Center and encourages community residents to participate in the gardening experience and to eat healthier (Thursdays and Saturdays)
  • Nashville Public Library – Provides digital literacy, technology training, and online library resources, etc. to adults and seniors in the community (Special Events and Programs) New Beginnings – A free outreach wellness and exercise program women and men (Tuesdays and Thursdays noon – 1 p.m.)
  • North Nashville Outreach – Provides case management, financial assistance, financial literacy, food and diaper assistance to residents living in zip codes 37208, 37218, 37209, 37228, and the northern portion of 37203 (Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. and by appointment)

Children and Youth Programs

Child and Youth programs are designed to engage children in learning and personal development so they acquire skills needed to succeed in life.

  • Girl Scouts Troop 6000 – Offers leadership development for girls centered around STEAM, the outdoors, development of life skills, and entrepreneurship. All Troop 6000 membership dues, uniforms and programming are provided (Tuesday evenings)
  • Nashville Public Library Studio – Working with library staff and Studio Mentors, teen patrons use innovative technology tools to produce music and podcasts, photographs and films, 3Dprinted designs, paper Circuits, E-Textiles, soldering, robotics, and more (events and programs)
  • Opportunity Now – Opportunity NOW is a coordinated initiative to provide young people in Davidson County access to employment (Summer break)
  • Preston Taylor Ministries – Preston Taylor Ministries (PTM) empowers children and youth to discover and live their God-inspired dreams, develop a love for learning, and build joy-filled friendships an Afterschool Tutoring and Summer Program for Children in Grades K-8th (Monday- Thursday 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.)


Residents interested in starting a businesses have access to two programs that will help them learn the skills necessary for owning and operating a business.

  • Corner to Corner Business Entrepreneurship Academy – Provides entrepreneurship training 101 to adults and college age students within Nashville (Fall and Spring, 10-week classes)
  • Pathway Women’s Business Center – Provides in-depth business counseling, classroom training, and peer-to-peer learning to help entrepreneurs (Fall and Spring classes)
Contact Us
Janelle Burns, Case Manager

2013 25th Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37208

(615) 308-5399