History

Iron Gate’s Mission:

To provide food in a friendly environment every day for the hungry and homeless of Tulsa, regardless of race, color, creed or religious affiliation.

Philosophy:

We call the people who eat with us guests because we invite them. Our philosophy is that we are all guests on this earth, and guests treat one another kindness, courtesy and respect.

Iron Gate’s History:

Iron Gate at Trinity, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization which began in 1978 with the dedication and hospitality of Trinity parishioners. Parishioners made sandwiches and distributed them to the downtown homeless from the church’s cloister garden with its iron gate. The word quickly spread: “If you’re hungry, go to the church with the iron gate.”  The name stuck and our organization’s official name is Iron Gate at Trinity, Inc. Although Iron Gate has been housed in Trinity Episcopal Church since its inception, it has no religious affiliation and is a separate nonprofit organization. The church provides space and utilities without charge.