New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center

We Bring Partners Together Because Everyone Needs A Chance

Our integrative approach focuses on meeting the needs of students within their urban context. We’ve formed a discipleship community with children and youth who have been overlooked, and are considered the invisible ones. We bring partners together to form a network of support. We serve alongside our students and their families; not over them. We believe everyone deserves a chance to be seen, to be loved, to be discipled, to have voice and to be hopeful about their futures. We bring partners together to join God in the life-giving and life-changing transformation of communities. We invite you to be a part of the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center family.

The after-school program with 17 years of service to English Avenue and Vine City students  families

Discipleship . The Arts . Holistic Health

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Volunteer tutoring times are from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays. Please consider joining the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! family of volunteer support for the students in English Avenue and Vine City!

Become a part of the New Life S.a.y. yes! Family

Academic Tutors Volunteer Team: Academic tutors are needed for our Fall session. All volunteers need to attend an orientation session in order to volunteer. Please email us about attending one of these sessions. We need academic tutors for students in the K5 through 12th grades and adult learners from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. each evening for our academic hour. You can volunteer for one or more nights per week, on Mondays through Thursdays. You will work one-on-one with a student on homework assignments or academic skill enhancement.  We can't do this work alone. Join us in eliminating the school-to-prison pipeline. Consider joining the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! family today. Click here to access our academic tutor brochure. 

Monthly Lifeline Donors Needed: Our lifeline donors support our program through monthly giving. You determine the amount of your financial support each month. Your support helps us sustain and grow our staff and program offerings. Your gifts are critical to our ongoing ministry to children, youth and adults in the English Avenue and Vine City communities. Please click here to become a lifeline monthly donor or to make online donations to the New Life S.A.Y. Yes! Center. Thank you for making this ministry possible. We believe everyone deserves a chance! Click here to access our financial partners brochure.

Meal Volunteers Needed: Something very special happens over a meal that with people who listen and share about their day. Each evening we serve a home-cooked meal to our students. If you are a good cook and can partner with us by providing one meal per month, please contact Libby Hovey, our administrator at Thank you for sharing your hospitality with our students. Click here to access our meal volunteer brochure. 


Pastor Catherine Gilliard is our Executive Director. She is a graduate of the University of Kansas and North Park Theological Seminary. She holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the School of Architecture, a Masters of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry degree.

Veronica Gilliard is our Director of Development. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Mercer University with a Masters in Higher Education Leadership. She is currently a PhD student in Higher Education at Mercer University.

Libby Hovey is our Administrator/Meal Co-ordinator. She is a graduate of North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.

Gladys Travis-Oliver is a Team Leader and brings years of experience in working with children. She lives in the English Avenue community. 

Andrew Ticknor is our Database Coordinator and a graduate of Olivet Nazarene University with a degree in Youth Ministry.