The Next Door
P.O. Box 23336
Nashville TN 37202
Mission Statement
The Next Door provides a continuum of evidence-based services for women and their families impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration with Christ-centered compassionate care.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Linda Leathers
Board Chair Mr. Mark Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lee, Danner & Bass Inc,
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 2003
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $9,152,600.00
Projected Annual Revenue $9,152,600.00 (2017)
The Next Door provides a continuum of evidence-based services for women and their families impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and/or incarceration with Christ-centered compassionate care.
Background The Next Door Inc. originated in the Spring of 2002 with a group of concerned women in First Baptist Church Nashville who desired to use a building owned by the church as a vehicle for service to the less fortunate. In the years since that time, the organization has grown to a ministry of community-wide interest, in two locations, offering a range of housing and supportive services to women and receiving diverse support from individuals, churches of many denominations, and corporations and foundations. After conducting a community needs survey during the summer of 2002, the founding group formed a non–profit organization to serve women in need. The revelation of the needs assessment was the significant gap in transitional housing available to the less fortunate in Nashville, particularly women coming out of incarceration. The Tennessee Department of Corrections estimates the recidivism rate for women to be over 60%. Women coming out of incarceration need a place to stay as well as supportive services that will equip them to break the interrelated cycles of poverty, addiction and incarceration. The agency offers not only transitional housing but also an array of services in the "continuum of care" to help women coming out of incarceration and other crises to find and keep jobs, obtain permanent housing, reunite and stabilize their families, remain out of incarceration, address addiction and mental health needs, and live productive lives. The organization was originally chartered as the Downtown Ministry Center, Inc. by the State of Tennessee in March 2003 and received its letter of determination from the Internal Revenue Service confirming its tax exempt status in November 2003. The organization officially changed its name to The Next Door, Inc. in November 2006 and received confirmation of continued tax exempt status under the new name in February 2008.

The Next Door is positioned in a newly constructed campus just off Charlotte Avenue to provide a one stop shop for women impacted by addiction. The team of medical and clinical professionals provide Medically Monitored Detoxification, Residential Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Intensive Outpatient, Outpatient, Family Services, Transitional living and affordable housing for women and their children.


The agency’s most pressing need continues to be funds to support general operating expenses. Medical staff, therapists, licensed social workers, counselors and professional staff (not volunteers) lead programs and provide care 24 hours a day. Outside of general funds, needs include supplies to fill welcome bags for each woman (reusable tote bag, reusable water bottle, notebook, wash cloth and towel, feminine products, shampoo, soap), pillows and bath towels. Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of positions (see agency website) from clerical help to leading morning meditation.

Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer The Next Door is grateful to receive donations via our website and by check mailed to The Next Door, P. O. Box 23336, Nashville, TN, 37202. Information about donating monthly by bank draft/auto-pay or donations of stock or real property may be found on the "Donate" page of our website. Volunteers are very important to the work of The Next Door. Current volunteer opportunities and volunteer applications may be found on our website, as well as our current list of non-cash needs. Please also feel free to call our main office at 615-251-8805 for more information or if you have any questions about donating, volunteer opportunities, or non-cash donation needs.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Mental Health & Crisis Intervention / Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment
Secondary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related / Half-Way Houses for Offenders & Ex-Offenders
Tertiary Organization Category Housing, Shelter / Temporary Housing
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Cheatham
TN - Davidson
TN - Rutherford
TN - Sumner
TN - Williamson
TN - Wilson
TN - Dickson
TN - Maury
TN - Montgomery
TN - Robertson
The Next Door Nashville serves women from the Middle Tennessee and surrounding areas.
Board Chair Statement

The need for the services offered by The Next Door is greater than when we opened our doors in 2004. Addiction is devastating our communities. Treatment and recovery support is needed to combat the heartbreaking effects of the heroin epidemic and other opioids, along with alcoholism. The Next Door has become a healthcare center designed for women to receive world class services at an incredibly affordable price. The opportunity our campus, which is located in the center of the healthcare sector, has to make a significant difference in the lives of hundreds and even thousands of women, their families, and the Nashville community drives the organization’s Board of Directors. Our Board is composed of 26 local individuals that are engaged and committed to providing excellent leadership to forward the organization’s mission. We are fortunate to serve and support an amazingly gifted and passionate staff team. We could not be more excited for the work that God is doing through The Next Door to bring hope to women in crisis. We celebrate His provision and have great expectations for the future.

CEO Statement

Located in the heart of Nashville, The Next Door provides an amazing center of treatment and recovery services for women seeking treatment for the disease of addiction. The Next Door is committed to provide excellence in evidence based programming in a Christ-centered compassionate care environment. The Next Door mission is to focus on women and their families. The continuum of care behavior health services includes Medically Monitored Detox, Residential, Intensive Outpatient services. In 2017, the organization will begin a Partial Hospitalization program. The Next Door also provides recovery services for women re-entering to the community from incarceration. The continuum also includes affordable housing for 21 women and their children impacted by addiction. The organization has placed a priority in providing a comprehensive aftercare program to engage former clients in ongoing support and encouragement in their recovery journey.

The Next Door is a Christ-centered organization with a passion for our mission: to equip women to develop lives of wholeness and hope. We are convinced more than ever that transformation is possible. History is not on a resident’s side. Years of substance abuse have stolen her youth. She has disappointed her children and family so many times. She has lost all memory of hope. Some of her decisions have had devastating consequences. At The Next Door, we cannot take away a resident’s past, but we strive to give her tools so that she will be able to write a beautiful script for her future. We remind each resident that she is a woman of priceless treasure; she is not defined by her past. God Himself has an amazing plan and purpose for her life that is good. Forgiveness is real! We are here to walk with her and hope for her. She needs help to believe again! In addition to all of our women’s struggle with addiction, the majority of our clients struggle with a history of abuse and trauma and mental illness. We must deal with the root causes of the pain to move our residents in a new direction. Licensed Medical Professionals, including a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner and a 24/7 Nursing team, provide excellent care for the clients. The Clinical team composed of License Professional counselors and social workers provide therapy and case management for the clients.

Medically Monitored Detox
Clients treated until signs and symptoms of withdrawal have resolved. The average length of stay in the detox setting is approximately three to five days.
A comprehensive, high intensity and structured inpatient treatment program where clients meet multiple hours each day during week days/nights and have continuous structured, yet less intensive, programming on weekends.
Partial Hospitalization
(PHP) continues with the high therapeutic intensity and recovery focus like the Residential Transition Program, but with less structure. It is an outpatient program that meets five hours a day and up to five days a week.
Intensive Outpatient
(IOP) is a high therapeutic intensity and recovery focus program, but with less structure. It is an outpatient program that meets 3 hours a day 4 days a week. IOP clients receive intensive day treatment and return home at night to practice their recovery skills.
Outpatient Services
Offers clients a step down to less intensive treatment services following the completion of higher, more structured levels of care. Services are based upon the individual needs of clients and meets less than five hours a week.
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Aftercare offers encouragement, support, and accountability for sustaining recovery. This weekly group is peer-facilitated support with clinical staff assistance. Through this group one can offer support to others and gain support for themselves while also participating in giving back to the community through outreach projects as a group.
Family Services
At The Next Door we recognize the vital need for families to receive their own treatment and recovery from the Disease of Addiction. In fulfilling this need, families are allowed their own place to learn, process, grow and heal.

The Next Door offers a four week series for clients and families on the following topics: Disease of Addiction, Family Disease and Recovery, Enabling and Codependency, Boundaries and Communication. Our staff utilizes various forms of educational and therapeutic resources to help support families. Family members are provided with educational information and materials throughout the 4 week series. In addition, family members and clients participate in both psychoeducational and experiential activities.

Affordable Housing
The Next Door’s Freedom Recovery Community is permanent apartment living for women and their children. This community provides the opportunity to continue recovery services onsite within a supportive peer environment. Services provided at the Freedom Recovery Community includes:
  • Structured employment assistance
  • Group therapy
  • Educational groups
  • Peer and community support
  • Individual and Family case management
  • Relapse prevention and life skills groups
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Family literacy 
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The Re-Entry Program (REP) is a structured, comprehensive 6 month transitional program for women re-entering society from incarceration. The program explores the underlying issues of mind, body, and spirit that are associated with chemical dependency, co occurring mental illness and trauma.

The Re-Entry Program (REP) equips clients to:

  • Begin the process of healing and establish balance in each area of their lives
  • Change their thinking and attitudes which become their behaviors and choices
  • Better understand addiction and co-occurring mental illness and recognize triggers and symptoms
  • Learn skills necessary for preventing relapse and living a recovery lifestyle

The Next Door Chattanooga prepares women for independent living free from drug and alcohol abuse.

The Next Door Chattanooga offers a unique program in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Correction. Women served by The Next Door at the Chattanooga location are currently incarcerated, and receive short-term transitional services rooted in evidence-based practices to address the needs of the women.

Prior to release from incarceration, women are transported from prison to The Next Door Chattanooga’s Correctional Release Center. While at the Correctional Release Center, women work toward gaining job and life skills that will assist in a productive re-entry into society. This Correctional Release Center is the first of its kind for the State of Tennessee and Department of Correction, and is designed to equip these women for independent living, free from drug and alcohol abuse.


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CEO Comments The current statistics are not promising for women exiting incarceration. Estimates show that 60 to 75% of female ex-offenders will return to jail within 5 years of release. Almost 2/3 of incarcerated women are in prison or jail with drug-related offenses. The Next Door addresses the needs of women who have made heartbreaking and destructive choices in life. Our residents are not bad people, but they have made bad decisions. The services offered at The Next Door have been designed to address not just the housing needs of women in crisis but also underlying factors of poverty, substance abuse, mental health issues, lack of job skills, and personal histories of trauma and abuse. The needs of the target population of The Next Door are vast. Of the  women served by TND, approximately 97% have come from incarceration, 99% have had a substance addiction of some type, 74% of the women also have diagnosable mental illnesses, and 85% of the women have experienced trauma (abuse) at some point in their lives. Research conducted at The Next Door with 105 of our earliest residents by Susan Adams, PhD, APRN-BC, Associate Dean of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, produced findings which underscored the significant gender-specific needs of our target population: 93% reported a lifetime history of emotional abuse, 84% reported physical abuse, and 70% had been sexually abused. Approximately 70% reported mental health symptoms of some type. However, the results we're seeing at The Next Door are extremely encouraging: women completing the 6 month program have a recidivism rate of only 10%. Among women staying at least 90 days in the program,the rate is 20%. We are privileged to be part of the amazing transformation taking place in the lives of the courageous women who choose to be part of The Next Door: positive changes in employment, sustained recovery, obtaining permanent housing and giving back to the community - breaking the destructive cycles of the past.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mark Smith
Company Affiliation Lee, Danner & Bass Inc,
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Board Members
Kelley Beaman Community VolunteerVoting
Theodore Bryson Mt. Nebo Baptist ChurchVoting
Heather Crane Community VolunteerVoting
Clokie Dixon Community VolunteerVoting
Renee Drake First Tennessee BankVoting
Karen Goodall Goodall HomesVoting
Elizabeth Hawkins Community VolunteerVoting
Linda Leathers The Next DoorExofficio
Frank Lewis First Baptist ChurchExofficio
Laura Minchew Thomas NelsonVoting
Jane Anne Pilkinton Community VolunteerVoting
Ashleigh Roberts Community VolunteerVoting
Jason Rogers Belmont UniversityVoting
Dr. Sam Sells Veterans AdministrationVoting
Steve Shelton BATOVoting
Dorothy Sifford Community VolunteerVoting
Dr. Chris Smeltzer Old Harding Pediatric AssociatesVoting
Mark Smith Lee, Danner & Bass, Inc.Voting
Susan Smith Community VolunteerVoting
Terrell Smith Vanderbilt Medical CenterVoting
Cathy Taylor Belmont UniversityVoting
Anna Thornton Financial AdvisorVoting
Sylvia Tomlinson Community VolunteerVoting
Rob Waggener Foundations Recovery NetworkVoting
Johnna Watson Pinnacle Group InsuranceVoting
Victoria Weaver HCAVoting
Eleanor Wells Community VolunteerVoting
Judy Wilcox Community VolunteerVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 23
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 18
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? No
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Does the Board include Client Representation? No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mr. Jason Rogers
Company Affiliation Belmont University
Term Jan 2016 to Dec 2018
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Raising
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Campus Planning and Development
Risk Management Provisions
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Directors & Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Life Insurance
Medical Health Insurance
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
CEO Comments Along with our Board, we just started a Young Professionals group that is a sub-committee of our Board. These are young leaders in our community, who we hope are the "Next Generation" of leaders at The Next Door. They do not have voting rights, but are assigned tasks and meet regularly to help further the mission of The Next Door.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Ms. Linda Leathers
Term Start Apr 2004
Experience Master of Religious Education, Southwestern Baptist Seminary, 1996 Management and Public Relations, University of North Alabama, 1988 Professional experience: Corporate Sales Consultant and Account Executive, (Computer - Science Corporation and AC3 Computer Center), Jacksonville, FL ---Community outreach and work with Single adults, churches in Texas, Florida, and Tennessee
Full Time Staff 140
Part Time Staff 25
Volunteers 400
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 65%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was Strategic Plan adopted? June 2015
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
ANE (Association of Nonprofit Executives)2005
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network2004
Hampton-Perry AwardTN Dept of Health, Bureau of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services2006
Cited in 2008 National Policy submitted to CongressOffice of National Drug Control Policy2008
Best Program in Southeast U.S.National Association of Criminal Justice Programs2008
Director's Choice Top VideoOffice of National Drug Control Policy2008
Cindy Sneed - TN Counselor of the YearTN Licensed Professional Counselors Association2008
Cited in 2011 National Drug Control StrategyWhite House Office of National Drug Control Policy2011
ONDCP Champion of ChangeThe White House2011
Salute to Excellence Frist Award for Innovation in ActionCenter for Nonprofit Management2016
Senior Staff
Title Chief Clinical Officer
Title Chief Operating Officer
Title Chief Development Officer
Title Chief of Business Functions
CEO Comments No comments
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2017
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2017
Projected Revenue $9,152,600.00
Projected Expenses $9,152,600.00
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$7,844,439$5,512,123$5,964,215
Total Expenses$7,851,968$6,339,852$4,531,032
Revenue Less Expenses($7,529)($827,729)$1,433,183
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$1,329,852$1,232,355$1,517,761
Individual Contributions$3,033,410$123,001$2,614,282
Investment Income, Net of Losses$511$1,645$151
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$295,239$339,605$262,217
Revenue In-Kind$23,999$42,518$121,167
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$6,222,189$5,086,718$3,536,714
Administration Expense$1,224,673$921,554$693,437
Fundraising Expense$405,106$331,580$300,881
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.000.871.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses79%80%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%8%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$11,545,856$11,967,717$14,445,568
Current Assets$846,317$872,583$2,989,969
Long-Term Liabilities$5,144,876$5,669,498$7,304,761
Current Liabilities$184,028$73,738$88,597
Total Net Assets$6,216,952$6,224,481$7,052,210
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.6011.8333.75
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets45%47%51%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $3,161,418Foundations and Corporations $2,467,103Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,614,282
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, Gifts, and Grants $3,033,410Program Revenue $1,305,896Government Grants $1,517,761
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $1,329,852Government Grants $1,232,355Foundations & Corporations $1,352,737
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
Campaign Purpose Purchase property and construct a new Nashville facility
Campaign Start and End Dates Feb 2013 to Dec 2014
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $5,500,000.00 as of Feb 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires June 2018
Organization Comments The Next Door is grateful for the support and encouragement the Middle Tennessee community has given to us since we first opened our doors to residents in May 2004. Your investment in the lives of women has brought about transformation in the lives of thousands of women served in our original Nashville location. Your investment has also provided us the wonderful opportunity to offer a full continuum of care, including services inside local and state correctional facilities, outpatient and residential treatment services, and locations in both Knoxville and Chattanooga. We are committed to  "equipping women for lives of wholeness and hope" at their point of need, whether it is treatment, recovery support services, workforce development support, counseling, clinical stabilization, or spiritual mentoring. As we look to the future of continuing to serve women coming from crisis, we continue to be grateful for our current partners, seek new partners with a passion for making a difference in the lives of women and their children, and strive always to be good stewards of the financial resources provided to us to continue the work of The Next Door. Financial Comments
Financials taken from the 990.
Financials completed by Crosslin & Associates, P.C.
Foundation or corporate grants may be included in Individual Contributions sum, as these amounts are not separated in the 990. 
Comments provided by Nicole Rose 08/17/2017 NR.
Nonprofit The Next Door
Address P.O. Box 23336
Nashville, TN 37202
Primary Phone (615) 251-8805
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Linda Leathers
Board Chair Mr. Mark Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lee, Danner & Bass Inc,
Year of Incorporation 2003

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