The NLDC is a faith based non-profit. We are not affiliated with any one church or denomination, but work off a faith based model. Our staff is comprised of mostly volunteers with a paid Executive Director and security team member. Between 20 and 25 volunteers work each week, and partner agencies spend time inside the facility to connect homeless to the services that they need.
NLDC was started when the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government recognized a service gap in our community. There were little to no options for daytime shelter for the homeless. Steve Polston was tasked with starting the center. He took a year to benchmark other homeless day centers around the country, learning best operating procedures. NLDC opened it’s doors in December of 2011, and has been operating 6 days a week ever since!
Tyler started his work with New Life Day Center in 2013 in the role of volunteer coordinator, while simultaneously studying as a management apprentice under Steve Polston. In 2015 he was named the Executive Director and has served in that role for 4 years. Tyler is a recovering addict and has been sober from drugs and alcohol since September 2008.
Founder and current Board Chair, Steve founded New Life Day Center in December 2011. A retired engineer, Steve operated New Life Day Center as Executive Director until 2015. He continues to work and advocate for the homeless community to this day, overseeing start ups and implementation of new projects and programs at the Day Center.
Leigh Ann Reeves is a board member and regular weekly volunteer at New Life Day Center. Leigh Ann also routinely works with the Executive Director on fundraising and publicity projects for the Day Center.
Allen Gilbert started at New Life Day Center as a volunteer in 2014, and was hired as a part time employee to operate daily security at the Day Center. He also served as the manager of a recovery program, STEPS, and continues to manage and operate other programs such as our daily breakfast and locker management.
Debbie Farinelli has been a volunteer at New Life Day Center since 2012. She has served in many areas at the Day Center over the years, and is currently the program manager for our Rental Deposit Assistance program.
Jarrod Jones operates the End Panhandling Now Van, which has been in operation since April 2016. Jarrod is a former Lexington police officer and former marine in the US army.
Brenda has managed the financial and statistical aspects of the End Panhandling Now Van since 2016. She also serves as a regular volunteer at the Day Center.
224 N MLK Blvd, Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: 859-721-2325 | Fax: 859-721-2325