Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Harvest Hands Gets Their New Digs

Harvest Hands, a nonprofit Christian Community Development organization in South Nashville, is moving into their new digs. The new location happens to be one of the oldest churches in Nashville, the former Humphreys Street United Methodist Church. Many friends of the program will gather to help the move take place this Saturday, May 2. The new facility will continue to serve the community in much the same way including an after school program, a housing program, Monday neighborhood social lunches, emPOWER sports, celebrate recovery, and creative mentoring businesses. The neighborhood where Harvest Hands is residing is near the Tennessee State Fairgrounds and is known as the Wedgewood Houston area, names for the two streets that make the North and South boundaries. Harvest Hands is just a quick ten-minute drive from our Brentwood Bubble Old Hickory exit.

Currently the after school program serves approximately 20 area children at a small house on Wingrove Street. However, with the new location, Harvest Hands will be expanding those numbers with the upcoming summer program. Each week, the summer program will be open 1-5 pm on Monday through Friday. Groups have been gathering on weekends to turn this old church into a kid-friendly space. The program is looking for volunteers for the summer, everyone from teenagers to the perky senior types are welcome. Contact Randy, the after school program director, if you would like to discuss helping on summer afternoons. You can email him at and he can provide more information.

The Harvest Hands website states, "We are here to provide opportunities of growth and empowerment to our neighbors in the community. Each of our opportunities are Christ-centered and encourage spiritual growth through relationship with God." And you can see the neighborhood pulling together when you attend one of their Monday lunches. Four groups of people from all over the area have committed to cook once a week for these gatherings. The food is always good and the company is always better. At any given time, you may see four or five different age groups, ethnic and racial backgrounds breaking bread at the table together. People are reaching out to each other and forming bonds that will make this community stronger.
Harvest Hands has made a commitment to go on a journey with all of their neighbors. Their website states, "We are also committed to the empowerment of children, youth and families so that they might become all that God has created them to be." I volunteer with this organization in both of the programs outlined above because I believe we can make a difference. These children and these families could use a helping hand and you have to walk side by side with them and hold their hands. One truly has to invest themselves in a program like Harvest Hands for the organization to make a difference.
Check out their website and see if you might join us on this journey.
Just in message from Courtney Hicks at HH:
We need help packing and moving this Friday and Saturday! We will be packing Friday from 10 am - 12 noon and 1 pm - 3 pm at 432 Wingrove. We will officially move on Saturday beginning at 9 am from 432 Wingrove Ave. to 424 Humphreys St.. If you can help, please let me know! Also, please forward this to anyone you may know who would like to help. Thanks for your commitment to Harvest Hands!!Thanks!!Courtney HicksDirector of Communications & DevelopmentHarvest Hands

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