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 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 WillieAlfonso.com.