Social Enterprise Ministry

Announcing our 2021 Partners

We are pleased to announce that all 3 of our applicant finalists have been awarded funds for 2021: Project Return, Crossroads Campus, and Humphreys Street Coffee. Please read below to learn more about the good work they are all doing in the Nashville community. 

About St. George's Enterprise Ministry (SGEM)

The St. George’s Enterprise Ministry (SGEM) was formed as a new mission initiative that would bless the Nashville community and serve as a catalyst for future St. George’s ministry opportunities and relationships outside the parish.

In addition to funding, our partners receive business mentoring, leadership development, professional and volunteer connections, and support of their social enterprise from our church members.

Click here to read more about the funding application process.

Contact Us

If you have questions about St. George’s Enterprise Ministry or if you are interested in applying for future funding, please contact Calvin Lewis, SGEM Committee Chair, at calvin_lewis@comcast.net

Project Return’s PROPS

Project Return is solely dedicated to the successful new beginnings of people who are returning to our community after incarceration with the goal of a full and free life after incarceration. PROPS is Project Return’s social enterprise focused on counseling, training, and employment of these people to do property maintenance work.

To learn more about Project Return, please visit projectreturninc.org.

Crossroads Campus

Crossroads Campus seeks to end the cycle of poverty and homelessness for young people who have been impacted by inequity, social inequality, and other traumas while striving to end the unnecessary euthanasia of abandoned animals. They provide job training, employment, and affordable housing for young adults and adoptions for homeless dogs and cats through their Crossroads Pets Shop and Adopt, a non-profit pet retail and grooming business.

To learn more about Crossroads Campus, please visit crossroadscampus.org.

Humphreys Street Coffee

Born out of a desire to create jobs in their neighborhood, provide mentoring opportunities that empower youth, and train teenagers in job skills such as customer service, marketing, and craftsmanship, Humphreys Street Coffee was created. They are a social enterprise within their parent non-profit, Harvest Hands Community Development, and employ 16 teens per year. One hundred percent of their profits are reinvested into programs and scholarships that support their students. 

Our support will help fund their newest shop at the First Baptist Church on Historic Broadway. “Humphreys Street doesn’t hire students to roast coffee and make soap; we roast coffee and make soap to hire students."

To learn more about Humphreys Street Coffee, please visit humphreysstreet.com.

Previous Partners

Corner to Corner 

Corner to Corner exists to extend the hope of Christ through gospel word and loving deed. We are compelled by the love of Christ to love our neighbors as ourselves. We seek creative ways to meet the needs of our community, believing Nashville can be a place where all neighbors flourish. Our three areas of focus are education, economic development, and spiritual growth.  

To learn more about Corner to Corner, please visit cornertocorner.org.

Justice Industries

Justice Industries focuses on hiring valuable contributors who have been seen as “unemployable.” Their staff and employees come from a variety of backgrounds and are all survivors of trauma such as homelessness, addiction, incarceration, mental illness and domestic violence. They seek to provide a clear track of upward mobility — maximizing each person’s personal growth, professional development, and overall opportunity for expanded income and self-sustainability.

Their largest industry to date is Just.Glass, which offers glass recycling services in Nashville. Just.Wash is their newest initiative, created through the SGEM partnership. Just.Wash provides mobile car washing services in Nashville.

To learn more about Justice Industries, please visit justiceindustries.org.

Poverty & the Arts

Poverty & the Arts is a social enterprise nonprofit that provides opportunities for artists overcoming homelessness to engage in creative outlets, learn income through selling artwork and merchandise, develop entrepreneurial and professional skills, and build community relationships. In their Artist Collective program, artists utilize the provided art supplies and studio space to create artwork in partnership with mentors from the local art community.

To learn more about Poverty & the Arts, please visit povertyandthearts.org.