Initiated in 2007 by Brentwood UMC, a church seeking to partner with an urban neighborhood to affect positive community change, Harvest Hands is a nonprofit guided by a mission to empower people so that they can bring about positive change within themselves, families, and neighborhood. A key early focus was its after-school program, which has expanded from 12 to 60 elementary and middle school students. Recognizing that older students needed more than homework help, the nonprofit launched enterprises through which students could earn money and learn skills. In February 2016, its two enterprises merged into one company, Humphreys Street Coffee and Soap, selling homemade soap and ethically and sustainably-grown and traded coffee. The business currently employs about 16 youth from South Nashville, and all profits are directed towards the nonprofit’s programs and scholarships for participating students.