It’s A new beginninG

Paying it forward, one day and one life at a time

At It's A New Beginning (IANB), “self made” is not a part of our vocabulary. No one is “self made” because we believe no one makes it without help and encouragement along the way. Every staff member, volunteer, mentor/mentee and donor understands that we are what we are and have what we have because at strategic junctures of our lives, someone came along to lend a hand, share advice or help create a new opportunity. Through mentoring, scholarship and education, IANB continues to “pay it forward.” Gratitude is the driving force of our foundation. Where would any of us be, if it wasn’t for prayerful and thoughtful individuals creating and supporting opportunities to make our lives better.

”All praise to the God and Father of our Master, Jesus the Messiah! Father of all mercy! God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.” 2 CORINTHIANS 1:3-5 (MSG)


Meet some of our IANB recipients and success stories who continue to pay our investments forward - one day and one life at a time.

Success Stories

Willie Alfonso


Willie was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, the product of an abusive and alcoholic father. At the age of ten he was forced to leave home when his mother chose to turn him away after he defended her during a beating from his then crazed and drunken father.
Willie spent his teenage years living with relatives, friends and on the streets of Brooklyn. He turned to drug use early on and continued destructive habits into his young adult years. In 1972, at the age of seventeen, he married his wife Nancy and continued to abuse drugs until Palm Sunday, 1981 when he received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
In 1996 he and his wife felt called into full-time, inner city ministry. Willie began working with teenagers in a sports ministry where hundreds of young people came to Christ.
He now serves as Chaplain to the Brooklyn Nets and Chapel Leader for the Staten Island Yankees and the Hispanic players of the New York Yankees. Willie continues to reside on Staten Island with his wife Nancy. They have three daughters, Venus, Yvette and Krista, and two grandchildren, Julie and Jonathan. Connect at

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Board Members

Krista Alfonoso
Nancy Alfonso
Ralph Castillo
Dr. David H. Chong MD

Krista Alfonso

Krista was born in Staten Island, NY to parents in full-time ministry and two older sisters, Venus and Yvette. From a young age she was introduced to urban youth ministry through her father’s basketball tournaments and street outreaches, and God placed a burden on her heart for kids struggling in the street. Krista has worked within various ministries while achieving her education. She also volunteers at the Walter Hoving Home, a faith based program which helps women struggling with substance abuse, and recently became a NY State EMT.  The passion that was placed in Krista’s heart many years ago to help the unloved is still burning today, and she continues to seek out opportunities to reach those in her community.

Nancy Alfonso

Nancy is the wife of Chaplain Willie Alfonso and mother to three daughters, Venus, Yvette and Krista. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and later migrated to Staten Island.  A graduate of the College of Staten Island (CUNY), with a degree in Social Work, she has worked in the field for 20 years, with fifteen of those years as a Family & Community Engagement Coordinator for a Head Start federally funded program. In addition, through the years she has served with her husband as a staff member for Athletes In Action (Campus Crusade for Christ), assisting him with the families of professional sports players.

Ralph Castillo

Ralph Castillo is a Teaching Pastor at Christ Tabernacle in Queens, New York. He is also the co-founder of Youth Explosion Ministries, now Misfit NYC, a thriving youth and young adult ministry in New York City. Rafael serves on the chaplain team for the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets. He is a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study and lives in New York City with his wife, Elisa, and their two children.

Dr. David H. Chong MD

I was born in South Korea and came to the U.S. on a PanAm jumbo jet at the age of 5.  My family initially lived in Montana where my mom worked as a nurse but eventually made our way to Staten Island, New York.  I am a proud graduate of the New York public school system; I attended Stuyvesant High School, The City College of New York, and SUNY Buffalo Medical School.  I even married a New York City public school teacher.  I am currently the Medical Director of Critical Care at New York Presbyterian Hopital at Columbia University Medical Center.  I have been blessed with three beautiful children and have the privilege of serving as an Elder at the Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale, New York.  My daily prayer is that I may serve my Lord all the days of my life.