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In 1988 two families Allen and Susan Allen Tibbles and Mark Gornik had a dream to address the needs of the Sandtown-Winchester community. Taking their lead from John Perkins and the Christian Community Development model the Tibbles and Gornik dared to relocate and live in the community they desired to serve. Implementing and partnering with local leaders ministries and services that evolved were Sandtown-Habitat, New Song Learning Center, New Song Family Health Center, Eden Jobs, and New Song Worship and Arts. Over the last 31 years hundreds now live inadequate housing, hundreds of students received a quality education, thousands have had their medical needs met, and thousands were and are gainfully employed. The community of Sandtown is 72 square blocks. It might be impossible to find a block where New Song has not had a positive impact on someone’ s life.
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