Inspiring the Community
NFN has a long history of being an effective organization. It was established in 1966 when Fr. Dan Allen
and several area churches, businesses and concerned citizens banded together to provide food and other
basic services for the poor. In 1968, NFN opened in a small stone house and incorporated as an Oklahoma
Non Profit. In 1971, NFN became a 501(c) (3) tax exempt entity and has remained such since that date.
During the last four decades, NFN provided an avenue for neighbors to demonstrate “Faith by Actions”. NFN is privately funded and is not a Government or United Way Agency. Each year, NFN provides thousands
of services worth millions of dollars for people in Tulsa and surrounding areas. NFN is intentionally located where the need is the greatest so that it can best help the poor that are often without transportation. Many dedicated volunteers provide over a million dollars of annual in-kind donations.
In 2004, NFN purchased the Northland Center and built out a 40,000 sf. space for its programs. The remaining 60,000 sf. of space is rented or available for rent in an attempt to promote economic development in this area. After moving to the new facility, NFN needed to restructure its programs in order to properly manage the larger organization. This process allowed NFN to grow from Dan Allen’s sincere humble beginnings into a larger and more defined operation which continues to honor his vision of helping people reach their potential. NFN has been blessed to provide so many services, plus add new programs in order to help more people with a hand up toward a better life.
HISTORY & FOUNDER
Daniel Richard Allen was assigned as pastor at St Jude's parish in Tulsa in 1966. Initially, he worked with 3 other Catholic churches to address the problems of social injustice and racial tensions in Tulsa. This team of Catholic churches worked with 24 area churches and congregations to respond to the poverty in Tulsa by providing food and other basic services.
From this effort a core group of 15 people including Dan Allen laid the foundation for a program focused on the injustices they found from a political perspective and the physical needs of the poor. His work with this group led to his founding of Neighbor for Neighbor as a private, nonprofit corporation in 1968.
Dan Allen lived the Word as he understood it and his work with the poor was a direct result of that understanding. The symbol in the Neighbor for Neighbor logo is a result of his beliefs. It represents the Eucharist and his interpretation of its meaning for "the many" as represented by the hungry and disadvantaged. Despite his strong religious ties, Dan resigned from the priesthood in 1973 to focus all of his attention on the work of Neighbor for Neighbor. He made being an advocate for the poor his life's work and continued serving in this manner until his death in November of 1995.
The organization under Dan's leadership made a significant difference in the lives of those on the north side of Tulsa. Legal Aid of Eastern Oklahoma, the Tulsa magnet school system, water and sewer services for poor communities such as Mohawk Heights, and the Tulsa Community Food Bank are all legacies of Neighbor for Neighbor's first 20 years under Dan Allen. Many of the projects of Neighbor for Neighbor involved helping the poor learn to become self-sufficient which was Dan's vision for the agency. Its innovative programs have served as a model to similar organizations and have brought both regional and national attention to Neighbor for Neighbor over the years.
NEWS & REVIEWS
Due to the overwhelming need for assistance for the people and animals impacted by the May 2019 Floods, we have broadened our scope of services by specifically reaching out to use our current 40,000 sq ft space and programs to assist flood-affected victims. We also built a temporary Animal Shelter in cooperation with OK Animal Rescue to shelter and provide care for displaced or abandoned dogs.
OUR FAVORITE GOOGLE REVIEWS:
"They are always welcoming and assist you in every way."
"I love this place! Even though it's only 9 dollars worth of food, it's more then I've had in my fridge & I'm so grateful for the help & skills class to better everyone! The help every month is always a blessing😄🌈💝"
"When I need assistance, they are always there and never look at anyone being any way judgemental. Some places that help with our needs look at us like we are beneath the surface of there boots."
"NFN has provided goods, services & hope to people for so many years. God bless them to continue until Jesus comes!"