The Cookeville Rescue Mission

Tennessee Rural Development Fund is blessed to partner with the Cookeville Rescue Mission. The Cookeville Rescue Mission was founded in 1976 and is the oldest and largest rescue mission in the Upper Cumberland. The rescue mission’s purpose is to serve homeless and needy people through a program of spiritual, physical, material, and emotional assistance coupled with education and public awareness.

Cookeville Rescue Mission believes through the demonstration of the love and teachings of Jesus Christ, they are able to restore broken lives by providing a safe, reputable haven of hope for all who enter.

From left to right: Excecutive Director Bruce Bailey, TNRDF President David Allen, and Post President Brandon Jones

The Cookeville Human Fund

Tennessee Rural Development Fund is blessed to partner with the Cookeville Human Fund. The Cookeville Human Fund is a non-profit organization that is tailored to “street-level” problem-solving incidents and encounters through the lens of law enforcement. The Cookeville Human Fund is completely funded by the community.

Words from Officer deClaire, “As a local police officer who is on the front lines, there are times I will run across someone that needs some help that would require a small amount of money. Things such as a need for food/baby food, prescription medication, diapers, gas, transportation, minor car repair, etc. I then created the Cookeville Human Fund to address the communities needs.” 

From left to right: David Allen President of TNRDF and Officer Mark deClaire

Putnam County Imagination Library

Tennessee Rural Development Fund is blessed to partner with the Putnam County Imagination Library. The Putnam County Imagination Library began in March 2005 with the help of the Putnam County Library and the Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency.

 The Imagination Library’s goal is to see that every preschool child in Putnam County receives one free book per month from birth to their fifth birthday. The Imagination Library believes that when parents or caregivers read to children, families are strengthened, doors are opened, and possibilities are endless.

From left to right : JoAnne White representative for Imagination Library and Bob Duncan Chairman of TNRDF

Exceptional Bean

Tennessee Rural Development Fund is Blessed to Partner with Exceptional Bean. The Exceptional Bean is an inclusive coffee shop that started as a small dream and has quickly become a reality. Thanks to the community of Cookeville Tn., Founder Cigi England, and Friends. 

 The Exceptional Bean is a non-profit organization that serves delicious coffee and cultivates an environment that is encouraging and welcoming for “All”.  Cigi’s vision has created a space for individuals with disabilities to find employment and truly become part of the community. Thanks again to Cigi & the Gang at “The Bean”