serving women since 2004
The Next Door is one-of-a-kind in its approach to walking alongside women struggling with addiction. We are one of the only organizations in the southeast providing a full continuum of affordable, gender-specific treatment for women in a faith-based environment and that offers priority in admissions to pregnant women. The Next Door uses a treatment model that integrates 12-step programming, faith, and evidence-based practices to address the needs of the whole woman – mind, body, and spirit.
mission & values
We exist to empower women for lifetime recovery.
We provide a continuum of evidence-based substance abuse and mental health services for women in an environment of faith and healing to restore hope and a lifetime of recovery.
We believe that all women are worthy of love. We demonstrate what love looks like, so our women learn to love themselves and love others in healthy ways.
We believe all women are made in the image and likeness of God. We welcome all people, and all will be cared for with Christ-centered principles.
We believe hope and healing is within reach for all women.
We believe that women are not defined by their past decisions. God loves. God forgives. God has a plan and purpose for every woman’s life that is abundantly good. All women can be whole and complete.
We believe community is essential to sustain lifetime recovery. We are building a healthy community in which our women are contributing members of society. We need one another. We care for one another. We will teach women how to build their own healthy communities.
We believe each woman deserves respect from us and from each other. Every woman can learn to respect herself and others.
We believe that our words and actions should build one another up. We inspire one another with love and good deeds.
reclaiming lives for twenty years
A group of women from First Baptist Church Nashville, calling themselves the Wild Praying Women, prayed for direction on how to use a vacant building owned by the church on Eighth Avenue South. The Wild Praying Women completed a comprehensive needs assessment and found that the biggest need was transitional housing and services for women coming from incarceration.
The Next Door begins as the Downtown Ministry Center, a Residential Transitional Program for women recently released from incarceration. After a few years of working with women coming out of incarceration, The Next Door recognized that an affordable, supportive living environment was paramount to a woman’s success in all areas of her life.
The Next Door purchases a 21-unit apartment complex and created the Freedom Recovery Community, an affordable housing complex for women in recovery and their children. Women sign a one-year lease, pay affordable rent, receive case management, and establish a positive rental history.
The Next Door enters into a partnership with the Tennessee Department of Correction to provide holistic evidence-based services for women completing the final 2 years or less of their prison sentence. Services include workforce development, group and individual therapy, case management, computer classes, one-on-one mentoring, spiritual awareness, and family enrichment.
After seeing how many women in the criminal justice system struggled with substance use disorders, The Next Door began providing addiction treatment.
The Next Door built a new facility in Nashville to serve more women through addiction treatment services.
The Next Door sold the Freedom Recovery Community(FRC) building after careful consideration about the focus and direction our organization.
Today, The Next Door is the only organization that provides a full continuum of gender-specific treatment for women in a faith-based environment. The ministry has 79 beds for inpatient treatment and the capacity for 60 women to participate in outpatient programs. The re-entry program in Chattanooga has 42 beds for women who are currently incarcerated. To become a volunteer, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.