Celebrating 40 years of homes, communities, and hope



Habitat Chesapeake invites you to join us in celebrating 40 years of working with community leaders to build stronger, more vibrant neighborhoods. This month, we’re highlighting the West Baltimore neighborhood of Sandtown-Winchester. Habitat for Humanity’s footprint began in Sandtown in 1989, when the Sandtown affiliate was founded in part by visionary Allan Tibbels.

Check out our videos with Bert Hash, former President & CEO of MECU of Baltimore, a long-time supporter of Sandtown Habitat, and former board member of Habitat Sandtown and Habitat Chesapeake. Learn more about the partnerships that built 300+ homes in this community! 

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25 years

330 home owners

countless stories

As Habitat Chesapeake celebrates 40 years of service in communities all across Maryland, the legacy of Habitat Sandtown’s work particularly stands out. None of this work would be possible without the community activists and foundational institutions that worked with Habitat. 

In this installment, Mr. Hash reflects on the work of Allan Tibbels, a contributing founder to Habitat Sandtown and New Song Urban Ministries.

Learn more about Allan Tibbels and New Song here and learn more about Habitat Chesapeake’s ongoing committment to Sandtown and other west Baltimore neighborhoods on our website.

In the final installment on Sandtown, listen to stories about home dedication days! Habitat Chesapeake welcomes new homeowners and their families into their new homes on special dedication days.

Watch as Bert Hash recounts a very special occasion: on Leslie Street, 26 homes were dedicated in the same day!

Habitat Sandtown’s legacy shows how communities and supporters can come together to make incredible change in a single day. Join us in sharing this history as we look for ways to support other communities across Baltimore through the Habitat mission.


Did you catch Jane’s story earlier this year? Jane is a Habitat Sandtown homebuyer who recently paid off her mortgage. Jane partnered with Habitat and supporters, like Bert Hash, to purchase her own home in Sandtown and build a foundation for the community. Her home was one of 26 Habitat homes dedicated on Leslie Street on the same day! She sat down with us to share her story of living in Sandtown and working at New Song Academy while raising children and grandchildren in her Habitat home.

It was a great sense of joy just to see everybody on the block, because all of our homes got dedicated at the same time. Just seeing all the families together celebrating was an amazing feeling. It just reminded me that it wasn’t just about me at that moment it was the beginning of something great for the entire block. 

Stay tuned for more on the history of Habitat’s footprint in Sandtown with Bert Hash! Don’t miss a single video or story — follow us on social!



Habitat Chesapeake would like to thank you for making 40 years of service possible. To help us bring homes and hope to families for decades to come, please consider donating time, services, or funds to help us carry our mission into the future.