Bishop Omar Jahwar and Urban Specialists COVID-19 Relief Response
The COVID-19 pandemic has become a worldwide state of emergency. The loss of life is tragic, social and economic fallout has created immediate hardships for citizens in this nation. In the midst of the turmoil around us, there is hope, healing, and some relief.
Urban Specialists is a trusted partner in an effort to provide financial relief to those negatively impacted by COVID-19.  In partnership with Stand Together through GIVETOGETHERNOW, we were able to present a one-time gift donation of $500 directly to families and individuals in crisis.
What is #HealTogether?
#HealTogether was a rapid-response emergency cash assistance fund launched for the express purpose of getting cash into the hands of eligible households negatively impacted by steps being taken to contain COVID-19.
Who is behind #HealTogether?
#HealTogether was a partnership between Stand Together, Urban Specialists and OGU and the Family Independence Initiative.
What is your goal for the #HealTogether campaign?
Our immediate goal was to distribute a minimum of $10 million providing $500 to 20,000 eligible households. Eligible households experiencing financial hardship in their respective service areas due to:
  • Unpaid leave due to social isolation orders
  • Care of vulnerable or infected relatives
  • Loss of wages as a result of involuntary business closures
  • Unpaid leave of absence due to school or daycare closure
Nearly 40 percent of U.S. households do not have even $400 in a savings account to use in the event of an emergency, so each eligible household will receive a one-time payment of $500. That way, #HealTogether may reach as many impacted households as quickly as possible providing enough cash to make a difference.
The reduced stress and increased well-being of these recipients will have an indirect yet positive impact on their broader communities.
Families know best what they need most. That’s why we want to empower them with the flexibility to address whatever is their most urgent need – from paying electricity bills to stocking refrigerators to affording unexpected child care.
#HealTogether to Help Families Affected by COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic is a national emergency. The loss of life is tragic, and the social and economic
fallout is creating immediate hardships. Already, nearly 1-in-5 Americans say they have experienced a job loss or reduced hours.