It Started With One Couple
New Song Community Church (NSCC) and New Song Urban Ministries (NSUM) have a long standing partnership with the Sandtown community. When Allan and Susan Tibbels, two Caucasian suburbanites, decided to take up residence in, and serve the Sandtown community, their goal was simple: to come along side and love the people and to embrace the community’ s problems as their own. 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. Not long after their arrival, they met community leaders such as Elder C.W Harris, Rev. Amelia Harris, Laverne Stokes, Jane Johnson, Linda Paige, and others, and determined the most pressing needs in the community were to address housing, education, healthcare, and jobs.
Thousands of Lives Transformed.
To address these needs 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 in adequate 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.