Iron Gate's New Home
Iron Gate was born in the courtyard of Trinity Episcopal Church in Downtown Tulsa forty years ago. It all started when three Trinity parishioners stepped out of a bible study class to fix a homeless man a sandwich. Hundreds of thousands of meals and four decades later, the mission remains the same. Iron Gate is committed to feeding the hungry and homeless of Tulsa. In 2019, Iron Gate will take that commitment to the next level by opening a new 19,000-square foot facility. While the brick and mortar will be different, the heart will stay the same. We are building a facility that not only can our city be proud of, but a place where our guests will feel at home.
Check back to watch our progress as Iron Gate on Archer takes shape.
Iron Gate Breaks Ground - 08/02/18
After a three-year search for a new location, Iron Gate breaks ground on its new home in Downtown Tulsa.
Nearly one hundred people gathered in Downtown Tulsa to break ground on a new facility dedicated to feeding the hungry.
"While the road to this location was long, winding, and full of bumps we always knew this day would come and we never lost faith.” said Shane Saunders, Iron Gate’s Board Chair. “Our belief in the generosity of Tulsans and our commitment to serving our guests with dignity were the guide-posts that made this day possible. In a few short months a new building will rise from the ground where we are standing. More than a building, Iron Gate's new home will be a welcoming place for our guests, a source of pride for Tulsa, and the envy of other cities."
Iron Gate is Tulsa’s largest stand-alone soup kitchen and grocery pantry. It serves a community meal every day and offers a grocery pantry three times a week. The organization served almost 210,000 meals last year.
Iron Gate signed a 99-year lease with Tulsa County in April for the 1.77 acre-lot at the intersection of West Archer and North Frisco. Iron Gate unveiled new drawings for its 19,000 square foot facility, which features a covered patio along with the organization’s signature iron gates.
"We wanted a design that really reflected who we are as an organization,” said Carrie Vesely Henderson, Iron Gate’s Executive Director. “It was important to our board and staff that we treat our guests with dignity, which is why we included a covered patio where our guests can gather out of the elements.”
The six-million-dollar project will double the organization’s capacity. Iron Gate is currently located in the basement of Trinity Episcopal Church. The new dining room will include seating for 237, with an additional 60 seats in the covered patio. The new building will also dramatically increase the organization’s cool and dry storage, allowing them to purchase more food in bulk. The new facility will also include a dedicated grocery pantry. Currently, Iron Gate’s dining room doubles as a grocery pantry three times a week.
Partner agencies, Iron Gate supporters, and city and county leaders were on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony. Iron Gate contracted with GH2 architects, Wallace Engineering, and Flintco for the design and construction of the new building.
Iron Gate Doubles Its Capacity
On an average day, Iron Gate serves about 600 plates of food. At the end of the month when paychecks and subsidies run short, that can rise to more than 750. With Iron Gate's current facilities, a busy day can mean the line to get a meal can stretch out the door and into the church parking lot. That's why Iron Gate's new building features a dining room with seating for 237, nearly doubling its capacity. Guests will have a choice of a variety of seating options, from smaller family-sized tables to high-top bars featured in restaurants and coffee shops.
New Building to Feature Covered Patio
Iron Gate's new building features a new covered patio with almost 4,000 square feet of space. It will feature seating for 60 and an outdoor hand washing station. The patio was designed to help Iron Gate guests get out of the elements while they wait for the doors to open and eliminate the bread-line effect. Iron Gate believes in treating its guests with dignity, courtesy and respect. Iron Gate's new building was designed with those values in mind to better serve our guests.