A Brief History
Skills Development Services, Inc. began in 1978 as the result of a merger between Coffee County Skills Living Center and Coffee County Skills. These programs chartered in 1962 and 1972 respectively were developed to provide residential and day training services to people with developmental disabilities. Since these beginnings, Skills has expanded from the original programs of twelve adults and a group home serving six children to one of the larger community-based agencies in middle Tennessee. Skills currently supports 115 individuals in three counties and 30 children in the Early Intervention Program. Skills is a non-profit corporation chartered by the State of Tennessee and governed by a Board of Directors whose members serve on a voluntary basis. A twelve member Board is made up of individuals from all three counties and the Early Intervention Program. Skills continues to change and develop. The purpose of supporting individuals with developmental disabilities to become and remain as independent as possible is our most prevalent focus.