In 1982 a group of pastors in the Mt. Juliet area began to meet and discuss those who came to the various churches seeking help for food, fuel, and utilities. A decision was made to create a community center to better provide for those needs and screen potential applicants.
In November of 1982, the first community-wide Thanksgiving worship was held at St. Stephen’s Church. The funds from this worship were designated to begin funding for such a center.
On March 6, 1983, the chartering by-laws were adopted with the name, The Community Help Center of West Wilson County. The chartering churches were: Celebration Lutheran, Cloyd’s Cumberland Presbyterian, The Cross, Faith Presbyterian, St. Paul’s United Methodist, St. Stephen’s Catholic Community, and Suggs Creek Cumberland Presbyterian.
The purpose of the Help Center was defined as a place from which to provide assistance to persons in need in West Wilson County. West Wilson was defined as the area between the Davidson County line and Highway 109 and between Old Hickory Lake and Percy Priest Lake to the south. Space for the Center was found in the strip mall that is opposite what is now Charlie Daniel’s Parkway. Beginning in the summer of that year, the shelves were stocked and volunteers recruited to begin serving those in need in West Wilson County.
Since that time, the Help Center has been located in several different places and is currently next to Celebration Lutheran Church in Mt. Juliet. With the generous support of local churches and individuals, United Way, and Wilson County and Mt. Juliet City governments, the Mt. Juliet Help Center continues to provide food and utility assistance to those in need.