The Maureen A. Abbott Love Thy Neighbor Fund is actually based on two very simple concepts. We believe that “We are our brother’s keeper” and we should “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” We are a conglomerate of people of all religions, beliefs, color, and size working together with a common goal – caring for our less fortunate brothers and sisters as best we can.
In 1991, Arnold P. Abbott created Love Thy Neighbor Fund, Inc. (LTN) as a loving, living tribute to his beloved late wife Maureen, to continue, on a larger scale, the work they had done together. Its purpose has always been to recycle and preserve the integrity of our most precious natural resource: human beings — Broward County’s more than 10,000 homeless men, women, and children — helping them to help themselves.
We have had a number of “firsts” during our long history. We were the first to have regular feedings at Holiday Park and on Fort Lauderdale Beach where the Mayor wanted to have Arnold Abbott arrested for organizing the feeding there. After three trials in the Circuit Court, followed by two trials in the Palm Beach Appeals Court, LTN won them all, and the laws were declared unconstitutional. We were also the first to feed, for the five years of the existance of Tent City, and all feedings thereafter had to go through our organization.