Helping African American Families Live Healthier, Happier and Longer Lives

"The greatest wealth is health."

- Virgil

"Prevention is better than cure."

- Desiderius Erasmus

" Take care of your body.  It's the only place you have to live."

- Jim Rohn

This is our story

MISSION: SET for LIFE (Senior Education and Training for Living Informed Futures Everyday) is a  "All Volunteer Organization" charitable nonprofit,  established in 2004 and federally recognized in 2006.  Through strategic partnerships,  we provide seniors and families access to FREE  resources to  live healthier, happier and longer lives.  Since 2017, we are focusing our efforts on improving the social determinants of health among African American children, adults and seniors.
SET for LIFE/FAMILIES  is able to accomplish our mission through long-term,  strategic and value drive partnerships.  To learn more about our partnerships CONTACT US

This is our Board.

Patricia Duff Tucker

She is a founding member of SET for LIFE.  She has spent 33 years in  nonprofit administration and 16  years  developing NeighborWorks America  affordable housing and economic development programs for low-income families.  Her passion is encouraging people to fulfill their dreams.  She has a MS in Counseling and is the Co-owner of OnWeb Television, a full-service video production and audio recording company.

Ariel Tolefree-Williams

Neighborhood Service Program Coordinator, City of Monrovia.  Ariel has thrived as a young, progressive leader in her community for over 7 years. Ariel received her BS in Public Policy from UC Riverside and her Masters from Walden University. Her favorite thing about community Outreach is learning about different people and how to best serve them. 

Betty Thomas

Betty Thomas has been a health care professional for 54 years. She is a registered nurse and nursing instructor working part-time at El Monte-Rosemead Adult School. Two of her main concerns are education in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Venda Hawkins

Retired Special Education Teacher.  Venda has a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and a Masters Degree in Special Education. After working 20+ years in the Business Sector, primarily with Non- Profit Social Services Organizations, she decided to change careers and taught Special Education for 22 years until she retired. She loves being involved with Community Outreach Organizations

Emelbra Redd

Emelbra retired as a Child Development Teacher of 32 years from Pasadena Unified School District in 2017. She is a  Past President  of Second Baptist Church Philemon Prison Ministry., which is under the umbrella of  the National Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Camp and Angel Tree Christmas. Our goal is to give hope to the children and families of incarcerated parents.

Carrie Walker

Second Baptist Church Liaison
Retired  LAUD School Administrator.  Carrie worked thirty-six years serving as an English teacher, Dean of Girls, Dean of Students and retired as a Counselor. A member of Second Baptist Church for forty-seven years. She holds a B.S. Degree in English and a Masters Degree in School Management.

Susan Wang

Asian Partnership Adisor
Senior Advisor, Systems Administration—ITS, AARP.  Susan  co-founded AARP’s Asian American Employee Resource Group  and helps AARP engage the Asian American communities.   Susan holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, and an MA in Gerontology from USC. 

Deborah Hayes

 Volunteer Assistant to Board President 
Deborah recently retired with over 25 years in law enforcement. 15 of those  with LA County district attorney’s office  supervising  fraud units, i.e;  elder abuse, health, real estate,  public integrity and others.  A Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. Her passion is serving seniors as they grow old gracefully.  Non- Boardmember.

This is our HISTORY.

Founding Members :  Sheree Curry,  BaLinda Dillard, and Patricia Duff Tucker.  
 Past Presidents:  BaLinda Dillard ( 2004 - 2006 & 2007 - 2012),  Sheree Curry  ( 2006 - 2007),  Patricia Duff Tucker ( 2012 - Present)

SET for LIFE was inspired by  Dr. Wm. LaRue Dillard, PhD, Bishop of Second Baptist Church (SBC) to provide seniors education and information in a safe environment to make informed decisions about their futures.   Over the years the vision has  expanded to include the cities of Monrovia,  Arcadia,  Duarte and San Gabriel Valley.

2004 - 2016 Healthy Living Expos

Our first Expo held in 2004 was a  huge hit and the first of its kind in the area.  Due to the high rates of these scams, we focused financial/housing scams affecting seniors.  In 2007,  due to the increasingly high rate of Cancer and other chronic diseases trampling through the community and local churches, we began  addressing  health issues effecting older adults.  It was at this time, our partnering with City of Hope/CCARE expanded and we launched our 1st. Annual "Healthy Living for LIFE 50+ Expo."  Through our partnerships, we continued to expand resources  through our partners to include; more educational seminars, health screenings, interactive workshops and more.   Check out our  Upcoming Events

Healthy Living PSA's

City of Hope Partnership

Our partnership with City of Hope  is built on  a common goal of reducing Cancer, Chronic Diseases and other Health Disparities among ethnic minorities.  We began our partnership the Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education (CCARE) which engages with the community to co-educate and exchange knowledge and wisdom to improve health outcomes and reduce health disparities among diverse and medically under-served communities.  Our partnership achievements include; Establishing a Smoke-Free campus at Second Baptist Church, an Obesity Prevention program for the Latino families. In addition to  providing cancer prevention resources, speakers, research pre-post testing, grant and in-kind support and more.
 Photos:  City of Hope focus group meeting on Breast Caner at Second Baptist Church
Today,  our partnership  continues to blossom  with many new  divisions and staff joining our efforts.  Including Diversity groups such as:  Connecting People of African Decent (CPAD), Latinos 4 hope and the Prayer Warriors.  Board-members serve on the Community Benefit Council, and the Breast Cancer and The Environment Research Program Community Leadership Committee among.  In 2019,  we will pay special attention to connecting African American men from local churches with Prostate Cancer education and screenings. 

Honors  and Recognitions 

2016 City of Monrovia Volunteer of the Year Boardmember Betty Thomas was honored with this award by our very own Co-President Ariel Tolefree-Williams, Neighborhood Service Program Coordinator, City of Monrovia.  The Monrovia Area Partnership Program has been an integral partner of SET for LIFE since 2005.
The City of Monrovia has been a long-time supporter of SET for LIFEs work.  During a regular meeting, The Monrovia City Council recognized  SET for LIFE's 8th Annual Healthy Living Expo and the 514 FREE individual screenings provided to the community.