Dan Parker, owner of John Daniel Footwear is all about family — when it comes to work as well as supporting the community.
“My wife owns Trojan Wine and Spirits and our oldest son, Keith, works for her. Our daughter, Kara, owns a gift shop in Utica Square called Boxworks, and our second son, Kevin, works for me at John Daniel Footwear,” said Parker. “When any of us need help in one of our stores, we are there to pitch in.”
Giving back to the community is just as important to the Parker family. That’s why they support Family & Children’s Services and United Way.
Family & Children’s Services provides life-changing behavioral health services to the most vulnerable people in our community, healing abused children, strengthening families in crisis and assisting in recovery for people suffering from mental illness and addiction.
The organization also provides services such as DUI school, counseling, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, an Employee Assistance Program and comprehensive treatment as an alternative to incarceration for non-violent, prison-bound women.
The Tulsa Area United Way works to build a stronger community by focusing on the three building blocks of a better quality of life — education, health/safety and financial stability, recruiting people and organizations from across the community. The goal is to help individuals and families achieve their full potential.
The Tulsa Area United Way serves 62 partner agencies in six counties of the Tulsa region.
During its 88-year history, the Tulsa Area United Way has raised more than $618 million for the community.
A recent study commissioned by the Tulsa Area United Way revealed an annual economic impact of almost $250 million in the Tulsa area. For every dollar contributed to the local United Way, its partner agencies were able to leverage an additional $9.10 from other resources. The study also showed that the United Way’s investment in its partner agencies directly and indirectly support more than 3,700 jobs in the community. The United Way’s investments also generate more than $22 million in tax revenue for the state and community.
“Tulsa has always been good to me in my 45 years of retail business, and I like repaying that kindness,” Parker said. “Here in Tulsa we take care of our own. It’s a pleasure to be a part of helping people in the Tulsa community.”