Discovery Place, Inc.
1635 Spencer Mill Road
Burns TN 37029
Mission Statement

Discovery Place is an affordable retreat dedicated to helping men find personal recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Our experienced staff introduces each man and his family to the spiritual principles of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in a relaxed countryside setting. We believe these principles are the foundation for a contented, useful and whole life. 

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Andy James
Board Chair Mr. Bill Hostetttler
Board Chair Company Affiliation HND Realty LLC
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1997
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $2,293,149.00
Projected Annual Revenue $2,354,500.00 (2017)

Discovery Place is an affordable retreat dedicated to helping men find personal recovery from alcohol and drug addiction. Our experienced staff introduces each man and his family to the spiritual principles of the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous in a relaxed countryside setting. We believe these principles are the foundation for a contented, useful and whole life. 

Background Discovery Place is the dream of two recovering alcoholics who have experienced the benefits of long term sobriety and felt the need to give something tangible back to the community. Located on 17 acres of rolling farmland just west of Nashville, Tennessee, Discovery Place was established and opened its doors in June, 1997 as a spiritual retreat for men, a home away from home where struggling alcoholics and addicts find the time and surroundings to begin their discovery of recovery. Based on the program outlined in the book Alcoholics Anonymous, Discovery Place navigates guests through this proven program of recovery in daily workshops, twelve-step meetings and on-site service commitments. This endeavor has been blessed with the involvement of Twelve Step speakers and nationally known facilitators who come to Discovery Place regularly to interact with the guests. Over the last thirteen years Discovery Place has grown from one building and nine staff members to four buildings with 40 staff members. We have helped over 3200 men in their struggle with addiction.

1. As of January 1st 2017 we are reporting a better than 61% sobriety rate from guests who have been contacted as a part of our Continuing Care follow-up.  2. Discovery Place views addiction as a symptom of a spiritual malady , not as a malady itself. Through a thorough self-examination process, a clearing-up of the past, and the practical application of spiritual principles in their daily lives, addicts are able to eliminate the roots of the obsession to drink and use. Over time the 12 step approach of Alcoholics Anonymous has been a proven method to consistent, productive and happy sobriety.We believe our guest-tracking results speak to the positive impact Discovery Place has had on the families, friends, workplaces, and communities through the long-term recovery of our guests. 3. We have kept our 30 day price affordable to all, with a base cost of $6500. 23% of our guests in 2016 were given some amount of financial aid to help them attend. 4. We have formed new relationships in some communities we serve and strengthened the ones we already had. Our impact on the mid-south continues to be felt and our referrals from different areas continue to increase.

Current year goals are 1) to see increasing rates of long-term sobriety from men who attend Discovery Place; 2) provide more financial aid for those who cannot afford to come here; 3) collaborate further with other non-profit agencies to serve more people; 4) increase our volunteer participation; 5) continue to improve tracking and communication with our alumni and community.

Needs 1. $150,000 in our financial aid fund, so that we can help more low income men to attend Discovery Place. 2) A capital campaign to pay off our debt. The servicing of our mortgage slows progress in accomplishing the goals of our strategic plan. 3. A service building so that our current buildings can be renovated for use as workshop/meeting space, weekend retreat facilities and for family involvement. Estimated cost $150,000. 4. Expansion and strengthening of our Continuing Care Program to help our alumni stay sober 4. Expansion of our Family Program to help the families of our alumni lead happy enriching lives.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Addictive Disorders NEC
Secondary Organization Category Health Care / Patient & Family Support
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Dickson
TN - Cheatham
TN - Rutherford
TN - Davidson
TN - Williamson
TN - Sumner
TN - Wilson
Discovery Place is located in Dickson County and receives referrals from Tennessee, neighboring states and nationwide.   Our guests have come from over  30 states. Our Life Lessons In Recovery workshops are held in Nashville so that more who live in Davidson County can attend. Average attendance at these quarterly free events is over 100.
Board Chair Statement It is our goal to continue the work performed by our predecessors and establish initiatives, including fundraising which will retire our mortgage debt, remodeling and renovation of existing structures and adding a new service building. All the while it is my hope that we can continue to build funds which will establish an endowment for the future. In addition the board and the Executive Director will work toward strengthening our existing programs such as our 30 Day Program, Family Matters Program, Extended Care Program and our Continuing Care Program. It is our goal to attract more guests on a consistent basis, to utilize our volunteer support structure and to maintain and improve our existing reputation in the recovering community. Rodes Hart Chairman of the Board of Directors Discovery Place   Mr. Hart’s professional background has been varied. He was an Assistant Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer for five years at Third National Bank, followed by a one-year position with the commercial real estate firm of Nunnelee and Frey. For the next two years, Mr. Hart was the President of C&T, Inc., a small venture capital firm in Nashville. During the two years prior to joining Brookside, Mr. Hart was President of H&H Cattle Company, headquartered in Adams, Tennessee. Mr. Hart is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He is married and has three daughters and a son.
Mr. Hart is a past board member of The Ensworth School, a past board member of S.T.A.R.S., past Treasurer of the Tennessee Alcohol and Drug Council, and is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of Discovery Place, a spiritual retreat in Burns, TN.
CEO Statement I believe heart and soul in the spiritual solution that Discovery Place offers. It has worked for me in a way that traditional treatment did not. I feel strongly that our program, teaching men to work the steps out of the “big book” of Alcoholics Anonymous with the guidance of recovering staff and volunteers, is the best way to help them find long-term sobriety. The intimacy and setting in Burns has encouraged many to recover. It is my honor, privilege and desire to continue the vision of Joe and Gabby.


All of our staff and board are members of twelve step fellowships through which they got sober – many of whom took their first steps down the road to recovery here. Discovery Place is unique in its vision of recovery. Conventional treatment centers oftentimes work at the mercy of insurance companies. It was the intention of the founders of Discovery Place to establish a spiritual retreat that did not vary from the principles of the proven twelve-step program of recovery. As Executive Director of Discovery Place it is my sincere goal to protect the message carried here at Discovery Place while helping to raise the money necessary to continue the work here.  
Andy James 

Our ultimate goal for each of our guests is long term sobriety. When a man graduates from Discovery Place, our connection with him does not end. We know that the key is more connection and work with other alcoholics. For this reason, we offer satellite meetings for men who live out of town, Life Lessons In Recovery workshops for our guests, alumni and the community on a quarterly basis, alumni events including whitewater rafting, bowling tournaments and picnics, and encourage continued involvement with the recovering community in order to lead happy, joyous and free lives. Our "Renewal Program" gives our alumni an unparalleled opportunity to reinvigorate their personal programs by staying 3 to 5 days free of charge as residential guests. Through a grant from the Baptist Healing Trust, we offer a Continuing Care calling program, through which all alumni can receive a series of calls from counselors and other DP staff and volunteers to check in 16 times over the first year after commencement from Discovery Place. 

Budget 90702
Population Served , ,

Our family program recognizes that alcoholism and drug addiction are a family disease. While our guests work their programs of recovery, the family members work their own. They are independent of each other but they also come together in a wonderful way. We invite and encourage the family including teenage children to participate in week-end sessions and at the close of their guests stay. Our counselor works with the family members according to their needs in a comfortable and supportive setting. We help them to know that they didn't cause the alcoholism and/or drug addiction, that they can't control it or cure it. We offer them resources including the Al-Anon program so that they can understand and support their recovering family member, while taking care of themselves. 

Budget 54620
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success

When members of a family are introduced or recommited to a spiritually based tweelve-step programin order to be restored mentally, physically and emotionally. It is important for the family dynamics to be in a healthy relationship by understanding and applying these ideals to daily lives.

Long term Success Success is defined by continued commitment to a family program including twelve step meeting attendance, involvement with a sponsor and sponsorship of others and being of service in some area of recovery.
Program Success Monitored By

Success is measured by personal contact with families through mail, phone, or database and a continue presence in the family program functions.

Description The 30 Day Residential Program can serve up to 24 men at one time. The residential program is the gateway to all of Discovery Place’s programs and services. It allows alcoholics and addicts a moratorium from their increasingly complicated life to focus on new priorities and their program of recovery. We introduce the guests to all of the twelve-steps through intensive step study workshops and we introduce the guests to the twelve-step recovery community in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and through twelve-step speakers planting the seeds of a new life practicing spiritual principles in the recovery community. While at Discovery Place guests begin practicing the behaviors of sober living such as prayer, meditation, ego deflation, confession, restitution and service. We help the family define their role in the guest’s recovery. At Discovery Place, we light the often dark road out of alcoholism and addiction.
Budget 986573.2
Category Mental Health, Substance Abuse Substance Abuse Support Group
Population Served Male Adults, Substance Abusers (Drug/Alcohol Abusers),
Short Term Success Participating in and becoming a part of the recovery community, participating in an individualized continuing care plan.
Long term Success Ability to maintain sobriety, continued attendance of 12 step meetings, sponsorship of newcomers, actively participating in service work, a return to the family as a productive and loving member of society.
Program Success Monitored By

Continued involvement with our alumni and actively volunteering at Discovery Place with new guests, telephone interviews by alumni and being able to answer questions about their program.


After long periods of ritual alcohol and drug abuse, the first 30 days of sobriety can oftentimes be hazy and bemusing. The Extended Care Program is an opportunity for guests who have commenced from the Residential Program to continue their education at Discovery Place while integrating into an independent living situation.  The guests are housed off property in a sober living property, managed by Discovery Place, with only Discovery Place 30 day program graduates living there. It is located in the Dickson area near an AA club house, and within walking distance to the grocery store and a gym. The Extended Care guide works with the men to nurture the behaviors of sober living and promote involvement in a twelve-step recovery program. From 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. day guests participate on campus with our residential guests. During the rest of the day, they are involved in service projects, healthy living activities and offsite meetings. They become ready to be able to fully participate in life after treatment.

Budget 42413
Population Served , ,
CEO Comments We are very proud of the success of our program at Discovery Place. Our success/ sobriety rate is very high, more than double the success rate of traditional treatment programs, and our price is very low, about 1/3 the cost of other programs. We continue to challenge ourselves to keep a great program with low costs and sustainability, and to raise enough outside funding to provide financial aid to all men who both want recovery and need our program. We are pursuing a new opportunity to provide more sober living space using our program and personnel with the purchase of more property in Dickson County. We are excited about this initiative as it will allow us to continue and grow our mission to help men achieve long lasting sobriety. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Bill Hostetttler
Company Affiliation HND Realty LLC
Term July 2015 to June 2018
Board Members
Mr. Monty Austell Farmington MortgageVoting
Mr. Fischer Gabby Bethshears Co-FounderVoting
Ms Kym Gerlock The Tennessee Education LotteryVoting
Mr. Bill Hostettler Hostettler, Neuhoff, & Davis LLCVoting
Mr. Tony Huber Community VolunteerVoting
Mr. Matthew Koon Wilson Family DenistryVoting
Mr. Tommy Malone Green Hills PharmacyVoting
Mr. Joe Morgan Co-FounderVoting
Mr. Kidd Redd Kidd Redd Online Creative ContentVoting
Mr. William A. Steih CPAStewardship PartnersVoting
Robert A. Strong Assistant District Attorney GeneralVoting
Mr. Steve Williams Schmiede CorporationVoting
Mr. Felix Z. Wilson TraneVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 60%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Strategic Planning
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Directors & Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Improper Sexual Conduct/Sexual Abuse
Professional Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Andy James
Term Start Apr 2010
Experience 8 Years working for Discovery Place, including 3 as Associate Director. Andy became CEO in April of 2010. 
Former CEOs
Mr. Ron Fielder July 2005 -
Mr Euel Moheny Jan 1998 - June 2004
Full Time Staff 23
Part Time Staff 12
Volunteers 150
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 85%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Under Development
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 4
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Mar 2008
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? No
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network1997
Dickson County Chamber of Commerce1997
Senior Staff
Title Financial Director
Experience/Biography My background is an electrician, but due to my alcoholism, I had to seek help for my drinking which led me to Discovery Place. I completed the program and returned to work as a volunteer. My life changed over the course of the next year when I started working as a night CTM, 5 years later I am now Associate Director over Guest Operations. Discovery Place has been a huge blessing and it has changed my life.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2016
Fiscal Year End June 30 2017
Projected Revenue $2,354,500.00
Projected Expenses $2,293,149.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Revenue$2,860,075$2,473,268$2,197,492
Total Expenses$2,123,959$1,809,130$1,552,251
Revenue Less Expenses$736,116$664,138$645,241
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$49,861$65,718$96,260
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$102,504$80,848$128,345
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$1,716,298$1,459,269$1,195,973
Administration Expense$295,880$247,922$267,571
Fundraising Expense$111,781$101,889$88,707
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.351.371.42
Program Expense/Total Expenses81%81%77%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue73%70%26%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$4,178,177$3,537,359$2,819,410
Current Assets$1,640,354$1,660,305$1,127,513
Long-Term Liabilities$328,212$392,251$452,954
Current Liabilities$273,540$304,799$190,285
Total Net Assets$3,576,425$2,840,309$2,176,171
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities6.005.455.93
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets8%11%16%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $2,614,441Retreat Fees $2,269,807Program Service Revenue $1,842,852
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising Events $102,504Fundraising Events $80,848Special Events $128,345
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $93,269Contributions $65,718Grants (Foundations & Corporations) $121,000
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Goal $100,000.00
Campaign Start and End Dates Jan 2012 to Dec 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2017 Financial Comments
Financial figures taken from audited financial statements.
Financials completed by Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC.
Comment provided by Kathryn Bennett 2/27/17.
Nonprofit Discovery Place, Inc.
Address 1635 Spencer Mill Road
Burns, TN 37029
Primary Phone (615) 740-8600
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Andy James
Board Chair Mr. Bill Hostetttler
Board Chair Company Affiliation HND Realty LLC
Year of Incorporation 1997

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