Neighbor for Neighbor has been in Tulsa almost 45 years. It’s strategically located to provide services for low income, indigent, uninsured, disenfranchised people.
Ann Smith Executive Director explains that there are two categories of services provided by Neighbor For Neighbor: survival for clients who don’t have their food, shelter, or basic medical care met and guidance for clients who are willing and wanting to move forward to a more sustainable place in life. Neighbor for Neighbor’s ten programs are the medical clinic, dental clinic, optometry clinic, prescription clinic, legal clinic, emergency services, food pantry, community projects, housing program and life skills program. Smith says that with no government or United Way funding, the organization is "truly neighbors helping their neighbors." They operate from in-kind donations and partnerships with other organizations. She says that seven years ago Neighbor For Neighbor purchased and moved into Northland Center and re-organized the whole structure of the organization providing more accountability, delegation of responsibilities, and skill level of staff. Because of this Neighbor for Neighbor was able to dramatically increase the amount of services they provide. In 2007 they added their life skills program with life skills coaching, job placement, and other individualized needs.