Therapy ARC
7208 Little John Lane
Fairview TN 37062-9303
Mission Statement
To provide the best possible animal assisted activity and therapy services with teams of trained and registered individuals and their companion animals to clients in Middle Tennessee.  We are dedicated to the ideal of promoting the benefits of the human-animal bond and improving the physical, emotional, and psychological lives of those we serve. 
CEO/Executive Director Ms Dee Mathues
Co-CEO/Executive Director NO CEO
Board Chair Dee Mathues
Board Chair Company Affiliation
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2004
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $4,191.00
Projected Annual Revenue $6,775.00 (2018)
To provide the best possible animal assisted activity and therapy services with teams of trained and registered individuals and their companion animals to clients in Middle Tennessee.  We are dedicated to the ideal of promoting the benefits of the human-animal bond and improving the physical, emotional, and psychological lives of those we serve. 
Background Therapy ARC began as an outreach program of a local Humane Shelter in 2001. In 2004, Therapy ARC formed it's own non-profit organization and continued it's growth. Since then, Therapy ARC has pet-partner teams visiting regularly over sixty facilities in the Williamson, Davidson, Sumner, and Wilson Counties. Training workshops are held regularly and are taught by Intermountain Therapy Animals licensed Instructors. Workshops conclude with evaluations, conducted by Intermountain Therapy Animals licensed evaluators, which determine the skills and aptitude of an animal-handler team.
1. Expand the opportunities to participate in youth related educational activities.
2. Attain name recognition by participating in community events.
3. Place therapy animal teams in every facility that requests them.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Animal Related / Animal Services NEC
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Williamson
TN - Davidson
TN - Hickman
TN - Wilson
TN - Montgomery
TN - Cheatham
TN - Robertson
TN - Rutherford
Williamson County (Fairview, Franklin, Spring Hill)
Davidson (Nashville, Madison, Brentwood, Antioch, Green Hills, Bellevue)
Montgomery (Clarksville)
Cheatham (Pleasant View)
Robertson (Coopertown)
Rutherford (Smyrna, Murfreesboro)
Board Chair Statement Therapy ARC is people who are dedicated to the clients, patients, residents, and children they have committed to impact with their therapy animal partner. We think of ourselves as a team because only by working together towards our common goal are we truly able to make a difference in the lives of others. Our vision, as a team, is to become Middle Tennessee's leading AAA/T provider, bringing innovation to the way clients' lives are enhanced.

In a collaborative effort with a local nonprofit, Therapy Arc provides therapy animal teams to accompany instructors for humane education
classes. These classes are currently provided in Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, and the Boys and Girls Clubs in Middle Tennessee, Fairview, and Franklin. The therapy animal team plays a vital role in the program. The handler provides information about the work his or her animal does in the community as well as answers specific questions about the animal. The therapy animal provides an opportunity for children to meet an animal in a safe way by modeling the safety lessons they have been taught. Many of the children are special needs and benefit simply from the tactile experience of petting an animal. Many of the therapy teams also participate in the Reading Paws Program whereby children who struggle with reading difficulties and/or lack confidence gain improved literacy skills by reading to a therapy animal without fear of ridicule or judgment. Therapy Arc is also preparing to embark on a partnership with local colleges to visit and provide support to students during stressful times.

Budget 0
Category Youth Development, General/Other Youth Development, General/Other
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), At-Risk Populations,
Long term Success
Teaching children to have a respect and appreciation of all animals and an understanding of the roles that therapy animals play in our community.
Many of the Therapy Arc Therapy Animal Teams visit local hospitals, leaving smiles in their wake.  They fill various roles during their visits.  Sometimes it is a quiet visit with a patient or family member.  Often the patients and their families are away from their homes and pets for an extended period of time.  A visit from a therapy animal can be a welcome reminder of home. 
Some Therapy Animal Teams visit the rehabilitation unit and assist with physical and/or speech therapy.  When a patient undergoing painful physical therapy is able to pet or brush a cat or walk a dog down the hall, suddenly it seems less like hard work and more like fun!  Patients recovering from a stroke that struggle with speech therapy often have a much easier time talking to an animal.
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The transition from hospital or home care to a hospice program can be scary, painful and confusing to both the patient and family.  A visit from a Therapy Animal Team can be a calming experience and can bring a sense of normalcy.  A primary goal of hospice services is comfort care.  Patients, families, and staff members can receive comfort from the touch of an animal.  This may also provide the patient a chance to reconnect to the positive experiences they have had with pets in their lives.
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There are noted health effects related to pet interaction.  Lowered blood pressure and stress levels have been most researched and noted.  This is often most significant for older adults who have transitioned into an assisted living environment.  The Therapy Animal Teams are often a happy reminder of a pet they used to have and often elicit fond memories and funny stories to be shared with family members and/or staff.  A resident who is reluctant to socialize or participate in group activities may gravitate to an animal because there are no social pressures or expectations placed upton them.  Over the course of time, that resident may become more interactive.
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Board Chair
Board Chair Dee Mathues
Term Jan 2018 to Jan 2020
Board Members
John Brewer Brewer Engineering and Consulting Services, LLCVoting
Maria Brubaker Voting
Andy Garmezy Voting
Donna Henley Voting
Dee Mathues Founder, Former Animal Counselor, Intermountain Therapy Animal LiasonVoting
Robin Mohoney Nashville Zoo EducatorVoting
Nanette Musgrove Facility CoordinatorVoting
Susan Niles Public Relations SpecialistVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 2
Female 6
Unspecified 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms Dee Mathues
Term Start Jan 2018
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 130
Contractors 0
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? No
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $6,775.00
Projected Expenses $4,191.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
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Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
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Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0$0$0
Current Assets$0$0$0
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$0$0$0
Short Term Solvency
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IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Exempt - Expires Dec 2018
Solicitations Permit
2018 Exemption Letter Financial Comments

This organization filed a 990-N form with the IRS, which does not provide specific financial information. Most small tax-exempt organizations whose annual gross receipts are normally $50,000 or less ($25,000 for tax years ending after December 31, 2007 and before December 31, 2010) are required to electronically submit Form 990-N, also known as the e-Postcard, unless they choose to file a complete Form 990 or Form 990-EZ instead.

Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 3/15/18.
Nonprofit Therapy ARC
Address 7208 Little John Lane
Fairview, TN 37062 9303
Primary Phone (615) 519-0719
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms Dee Mathues
Board Chair Dee Mathues
Year of Incorporation 2004