Who We Are

United Methodist Urban Ministries/Clarksville District, Inc. was founded on June 28, 1984 as a nonprofit dedicated to meeting basic human needs of those who were living in the Clarksville/Montgomery County area. Our office opened for operation in 1985 at 211 S. 3rd St. at the Madison Street United Methodist Church.

Although our original intention was to be an information and referral agency, we quickly realized we needed to be offering direct client assistance for emergency food, shelter, utilities, medicine, and other areas. It was not long after we began meeting these needs, that we observed a need to protect victims of domestic violence. In 1991 we established the SafeHouse Domestic Violence Shelter as a sanctuary for battered women and their children.

The key to Urban Ministries’ past and current successful ministry rests in its alignment with client need, volunteer service provision, and its organizational structure. Our adherence to our mission has resulted in a commitment to deal with the systemic problems of hunger, homelessness, and violence through our organization that “works” through an active Board of Directors, participating standing committee members, trained volunteers, and salaried staff.

Today our work continues at 217 S. 3rd St. in downtown Clarksville, Tennessee.

What We Do

We continue to carry out our mission and tradition through the Grace Assistance Program, a drop-in center that provides a safe and warm place for those who have nowhere else to turn. We also provide assistance for:

  • Monthly living expenses, such as food, shelter, and utility bills
  • Transportation
  • Prescription medications
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Blankets, fans, and air conditioners
  • Clothing and footwear for all ages
  • Children’s school supplies

How You Can Help

We are always looking for volunteers and donations, both monetary and household items. You can choose to volunteer at our offices or for specific events. Monetary donations can go towards specific uses or towards general Urban Ministries expenses.


We are always looking for volunteers at our offices and our events. Contact us for more information.


Donations can come in a variety of ways. We accept both monetary and physical items to help support our program.


Valid Photo ID for anyone 18 years of age or older

Social Security Cards for all household members

a copy of your lease or mortgage statement

Proof of Income 


and the bill you need help with must be paid down to $100.00