Last week, I joined my son Greg and my grandson Brett for the Bruce Springsteen concert in Baltimore. Anyone who has been to a Springsteen concert knows what a powerful experience it is. Bruce is an amazing musician, singer, song writer, social justice activist, and humanitarian. He has a deep connection with his fans as they sing along in harmony. Bruce gives time and treasure to many non-profit organizations including Habitat for Humanity, joining President Carter for an appeal to rebuild the Jersey Shore after Superstorm Sandy.
Whenever I visit Baltimore, I think about all the great work being done by Habitat’s Chesapeake affiliate in and around Baltimore www.habitatchesapeake.org I was privileged to know Allan Tibbels, founder of Sandtown Habitat for Humanity. The Sandtown-Winchester community is located in West Baltimore where over 300 houses have been rehabilitated by Habitat and sold to lower-income homebuyers in need of decent and affordable housing. The Sandtown and Chesapeake affiliates merged in 2014. Allan passed away in 2010, but his legacy lives on. Allan often used this quote by Howard Zinn: “We don’t have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”
-Allan Mark Tibbels, 1955-2010