C.E. McGruder Family Resource Center (McGruder FRC)

The C.E. McGruder Family Resource Center, housed at the old John Early School, began in 2003. The center was named after the late Curlie E. McGruder for her dedication to the North Nashville community. Revered as a leader, Mrs. McGruder, who died in 1993, was the former president of the Davidson County Independent Political Council, and a board member of the Tennessee Voters Council, a civil rights activist, and president of the local NAACP.


The McGruder FRC is a collaborative effort between MATTHEW WALKER COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER and United Way to strengthen the families in the 37208 area. The partners of McGruder are committed to ensuring that families and children are safe. MATTHEW WALKER COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH CENTER is the lead agency for McGruder FRC. All of our services are free and open to the public. For our location and hours click here .



ASK/PEP Program - provides a 12 week course in efforts to assess and reduce juvenile participants' involvement in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug-related Juvenile Court encounters. (615) 262-1601


CASTLES Program - provides exercise and nutrition education activities for 5-10 years old who attend Buena Vista Enhanced Option School, enrolled in YMCA Fun Company, and receive or are eligible for needs based public assistance.  (615) 322-4176


Child Care Alliance - provides daily, structured after-school homework and tutoring assistance for children 5-12 years old. If there is no homework, educational packets will be provided to the child. DHS child care certificates accepted.  (615) 227-8991.


Dosnitch.com - helps to promote the empowerment of people seeking to live in a crime-free environment, by providing information on how to anonymously alert and aid law enforcement about past, present, and potential crimes.  Contact @ This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Eighteenth Avenue Family Enrichment Center - provides a three-star rated, early childhood facility that provides daycare and pre-school services.  During the summer, 18th Avenue FEC provides an 8-week Enrichment Camp for children ages 5-12 years old.  18th Avenue FEC also provides an annual Christmas Toy Store @ McGruder FRC for low-income families in the community. (615) 320-1131


Faith In Action - is a unique mentoring approach to young men ages 10-15 years old.  The "Bridging the Gap" Program provides academic support in Math and English as well as assistance with planning for post-secondary education. Social support, conflict resolution, peer pressure and leadership development are also offered. (615) 498-2601 or (615) 400-9914


Hope Program - provides trauma focused peer support groups for children ages 5-18 who have been affected by an act of a violent crime against a family member, friend, or in their neighborhood.  (615) 352-9520 x 232


Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Outreach - provides an office for families in the North Nashville community to register students for school and become more informed about school choices. The primary goal is to empower parents and increase their involvement in their child's education.  (615) 298-6752


YMCA-Lil' Sisters/Buffalo Soldiers - is a gender specific Rites of Passage/Teen Pregnancy Prevention program targeted for youth ages 10-14. This program tackles a variety of personal health and wellness topics in an effort to better educate young men and women, increase their self-esteem, and decrease their chances of becoming pregnant during adolescence. (615) 255-YMCA (9622) ext. 4



Against the Grain - provides an 8-week "Jobs for Life" class two times a week for 12-15 men and women.  Also, offers the 180 Program for unwed mothers.  This program has a 2-year curriculum.  (615)496-8769 or (615) 291-9532


Crossroads Counseling Associates, LLC - commits to being an active partner with individuals as well as the court and judicial systems in Davidson and Williamson Counties.  Crossroads Counseling offers classes for Anger Management, Batterer Intervention, Substance Abuse, and Parenting. (615) 256-2327


Davidson County Relative Caregiver Program - seeks to identify caregivers that are currently caring for relative children at least 30 hours a week through informal or formal custody arrangements to provide services such as education, training, and opportunities for growth. (615) 340-9092 ext. 231


DHS Food Stamp Participation Project - enrolls and recertifies households for food stamp benefits. Caseworkers will conduct site visits at places of employment, community centers, neighborhood clinics, church functions, etc. (615) 253-8773


Howard Congregational Church - provides evening GED Prep classes to adults 18 years old and older. (615) 254-6335


Matthew Walker CHC DIVAS Women's Group - DIVAS Women's Group is an empowerment group that discusses ways to communicate more assertively, how develop healthier relationships, single-parenting issues, and a multitude of other topics that are geared primarily towards women 18 and older. (615) 242-4681 or (615) 291-4513


MDHA - the mission of the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency is: "to create affordable housing opportunities for Nashvillians, nurture our neighborhoods, and build a greater downtown." (615) 252-8400


Metro Social Services -Identifies the needs of the customers and provides case management to families and individuals. Case management includes short-term counseling and assistance in navigating various public, private and faith based social services systems. (615) 880-1668 or (615) 862-6400


Mobile Market - is a traveling grocery store that will visit MWCHC’s C.E. McGruder Family Resource Center every Wednesday, beginning November 16, 2011, from 9:30 am until 11:30 am. Convenient and competitively priced, it offers healthy food options that include fresh produce, dairy and staple goods to the Nashville community. Call 615-291-4513 for more information.


MoreComputing - provides basic computer skills training (Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Keyboarding, Internet, and Email). Our goal is to strengthen the development of individuals by helping them to attain technological skills necessary to be self-sufficient in the workforce. (615) 736-2168 or (615) 291-4513


Neighborhoods Resource Center - assists residents in the formation and development of on-going neighborhood organizations that take action to improve the quality of life in their community. (615) 782-8212


Restore The Dream Center (RTDC) - United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and six of its partner agencies opened five (5) Restore the Dream Centers to work one-on-one with individuals and families who are struggling to put their lives and their homes back together in the wake of the May Flood. One of the RTDC is located @McGruder FRC. (615) 741-0903 or (615) 242-4681


Street Works - provides HIV testing, education, prevention, and direct care to those living with or at high risk of contracting HIV and STDs. (615) 259-7676 or (615) 724-0950


TSU Nutrition Education Program - provides information regarding better food choices and healthy diet, food safety and sanitation, and wise use of the food dollar. Services are provided at no cost to your business, community center, religious organization, school, and individual household. (615) 254-7277


Urban League of Mid TN - Project Ready College Access Program is a National Urban League initiative that provides a comprehensive research based approach to preparing young people (and families) for the challenges and promise of higher education.  The Urban League also offers Adult GED classes @ McGruder FRC. (615) 254-0525 ext. 23



Fifty Forward (Senior Companions Program) - provides companionship to frail older adults who live alone and are homebound or are dependent upon a full-time caregiver. (615) 743-3421.


SALT (Seasoned Adults Living Triumphantly) Program -provides monthly recreational and educational activities for older adults (55 plus) to decrease social isolation and provides helpful information from health and economic concerns to fraudulent crimes against the elderly prevention tips.  This program is a collaborative effort between Fourteenth Avenue Baptist Church and McGruder FRC. (615) 291-4513

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