from nFocus Magazine, written by Holly Hoffman
Photograph by Alex Berger
The Next Door is on track to offer services to more than 1,600 Middle Tennessee women in crisis this year. Fifteen years ago, it opened to meet the needs of transitional housing and support for female ex-offenders, and programs have since expanded to include those impacted by addiction, mental illness and trauma. The organization’s excellence in providing evidence-based programming is empowering clients for lifetime recovery.
“What a blessing it has been in my life to be a very small part of TND’s effort to bring hope and healing to women in crisis!” Betty Dickens says. Actually, her role in its success has been anything but small. She is a founder of the nonprofit and longtime board member, ardently focused on fundraising efforts like annual giving and the inspiring fall luncheon. She and her husband, Marty, even host events in their home for the board, staff and community. Recently, they welcomed a group to hear Sam Quinones, who authored a book about the opioid crisis. At TND, 85 percent of the women are caught in the widespread epidemic. Betty is always there to help because she knows no other organization is as effective in addressing their needs, as well as those of their families,as The Next Door.
The Next Door
The Next Door provides 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.
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