Dr. Vernon Gates was born in Atlanta, Georgia and is currently residing in Riverdale, Georgia. She is the third child in a close-knit loving family. She was brought up from a young age, to share and help family members in her community. At an early age, Dr. Gates discovered that different strangers would share their life stories with her. She finally realized that her gifts were to aid and assist people. While using her skills and giftings she saw herself assisting in peoples’ lives to change their future in a very positive way.


Dr. Gates graduated from George Washington High School in Atlanta and attended Georgia Perimeter College pursuing a degree in Business. She worked for the Department of Family and Children Services for 20 years; prior to retiring in 2001. In 2009, she graduated with her Doctorate in Christian Counseling from Restoration Theological Seminary. She is currently licensed through and a member of the Georgia Christian Counselor Association. Through her desire to continue to learn she specializes in Domestic Violence and Pastoral Counseling. 



Dr. Vernon Gates




Our mission is to teach, train and equip students to reach their 

educational goals. 

It takes a village to educate. 

Soteria Educational Village Inc. is to empower students to achieve 

their unlimited dreams through education. 


In 2016, Soteria was founded in Riverdale, GA. Soteria’s name means “Wholeness, Deliverance, Safety, and Salvation”. Soteria Educational Village, Inc was created as an answer to a need in the community. We wanted be a part of rescuing and preserving the lives of the abused, neglected, abandoned, and hurting people that need a second chance to improve and change their current situation and lifestyle. They can improve their quaity of life by going from surviving to thriving. The non-traditional training program is focused on teaching life skills to dropout students that are willing to return to class to complete their high school education.


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