New Song in Sandtown

"New Song in Sandtown" Continued...

Issue: "The brain trust," June 30, 2012

New Song is going through restructuring. The school and housing programs have matured and function independently with their own boards. A different organization runs the health clinic. The jobs center closed for lack of money.

After serving nearly 25 years in this 15-square-block neighborhood, Allan Tibbels died of multiple organ failure in 2010 at the age of 55. Those who knew him said he would like how a story about New Song now focuses less on him and more on an individual born in the neighborhood-someone like Antoine Bennett, who rose from prison to become co-executive director of New Song Urban Ministries in 2007.

Bennett, now an elder at New Song church, says, "I went from selling cocaine to selling Coca Cola. ... For me, this corner is really resurrection intersection."

Money Box

New Song Urban Ministries reported $386,225 in contributions and grants in 2011. Total expenses were $398,650.

The organization had $460,700 in assets at the end of 2011.

Co-executive directors Antoine Bennett and Patty Prasada-Rao each received a salary of $45,000 in 2011.

This year's budget: $396,640.

Read profiles of finalists and winners from 2006 through 2012 on WORLD's Hope Award page.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee is WORLD's Washington Bureau chief. As a reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, he was embedded with a National Guard unit in Iraq. He also once worked in the press office of Sen. Lamar Alexander.


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