NASHVILLE – The Next Door, a residential transition and treatment facility for women impacted by addiction, mental illness, trauma and / or incarceration, will double capacity and expand its continuum of services, according to plans announced today.

128 8th Ave location“Since The Next Door opened in Nashville in 2004, we’ve been able to help more than 1,500 women in crisis and to address the impact on their families. At the same time, we’ve realized a great need to increase our capacity and, for the past 12 months, have been developing plans to do so,” said The Next Door’s chief executive officer Linda Leathers. “As a result, I’m excited to announce that we will be relocating over the next fifteen to eighteen months from our current site on 8th Avenue South to property we are acquiring on 22nd Avenue North.”

Plans call for building a facility that will double the capacity of residential programs as well as add outpatient and group space to expand The Next Door’s continuum of services to women and their families. The property at 402 22nd Avenue North offers room for expansion and an ideal location near downtown that is convenient to public transportation, potential employers and collateral services provided by other non-profit and governmental agencies, according to Leathers.

“It’s a huge plus for us that the property is across the street from our Freedom Recovery Community, a permanent housing apartment complex where we serve single women and their children,” Leathers said. “We could not be more excited about the many opportunities this move will give us to serve more women and bring hope to them and their families.”

The Next Door’s current location, at 128 Eighth Avenue South, is across the street from the new Music City Center. The building is owned by First Baptist Church, which has voted to accept an offer from Giarantana Nashville, LLC, for the property to be developed into a Marriott hotel and parking garage to accommodate the anticipated convention business coming to Nashville. The sale is contingent on Giarantana acquiring financing.

“We have known two things for certain for some time – first, we have outgrown our space and our mission would be curtailed without a move or expansion, and second, our current location is a prime space for potential development as additional hotel space for our city’s growing convention and tourism industry,” Leathers said. “The intention of our planning has been to both anticipate and respond to the needs of the community we serve and to see the changes in downtown Nashville, including the sale of our current building, as a growth opportunity for The Next Door.”

In addition to providing the facility’s location for the past nine years, the church “gave birth” to the ministry and its initial, core team of volunteers, according to Rob Waggener, chairman of The Next Door’s board of directors.

“The Next Door has enjoyed an amazing and generous partnership with First Baptist Nashville,” Waggener said. “First Baptist led the way for many other congregations, foundations, and individuals to become involved in the important work of helping women break the cycle of addiction, incarceration, and homelessness. We are very pleased that the sale of the property is a win-win for both the church and The Next Door.”

402 22nd Ave LocationThe Next Door is embarking on a capital campaign to allow for construction of a new facility and increased program costs associated with the ability to serve more women.  Construction on the new facility is expected to begin summer 2013.  “We are committed to conducting business as usual, with no interruption in the tremendous work our Nashville staff does to equip women for lives of wholeness and hope,” Leathers said.

The Next Door provides women re-entering the community from incarceration help with long-term recovery from substance addiction. Since The Next Door began providing services the recidivism rate for women who stay at least 90 days is 20 percent while the statewide average for women once incarcerated is greater than 60 percent. Seventy-two percent of The Next Door residents find employment within 25 business days of admission.

“The need for the services offered by The Next Door is just as great, if not greater, as when we opened our doors in 2004,” said Cindy Sneed, chief clinical officer. “The opportunity to increase our capacity will make a significant difference in the lives of many more women, their families, and the Nashville community.”

Almost 200 women are released from state custody each month, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction. Most lack access to transitional support programs to help them successfully re-enter their communities, according to Leathers.

“A new, expanded facility will enable The Next Door to offer increased residential, outpatient, and walk-in services to women transitioning out of incarceration or who are at risk for incarceration and / or relapse in active substance addiction,” Leathers said. “The prospect of a move and the significant work ahead toward funding and building a new facility is daunting, but it’s also exciting. It presents the opportunity to impact more lives, to give more hope, and we’ve seen the need to do that now more than ever. 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.”

For questions, please contact:

Linda Leathers, CEO, The Next Door, Inc.  615-516-9342,

Louise R. Beasley, Marketing Consultant,  615-829-4622,