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March 8, 2009 Guest Allan Tibbels
Program: The Staying Power of Focus

Allan Tibbels served as a founding member of New Song and Sandtown Habitat for Humanity near Baltimore, MD. He and his family relocated from Howard County to the inner-city West Baltimore community of Sandtown-Winchester in 1986 along with a core group of several others. There they began an interracial church (New Song Community Church) and began to address issues of education, health care, jobs and economic development and development of the arts.

Sandtown Habitat for Humanity has completed 250 homes and has 25 more under construction toward the goal of completing 350 within the next several years.

An added challenge for Allan is the fact that he is confined to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic, the result of a spinal cord injury sustained in a 1981 basketball accident. He continued both his work and his education, however, graduating with honors from Towson State University in 1988 with a B.S. in history and sociology.

Allan has been married to his wife, Susan, since 1974. They are the parents of two adult daughters, Jennifer and Jessica and grandparents to Nehemiah.
 

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