T.D. Jakes Foundation Weekly Updates – April 20, 2020

April 20, 2020

To help you navigate these uncertain times, we’ve compiled timely news and resources related to small business, education and connectivity. We hope this provides both information and comfort as we continue to weather these challenges.

T.D. Jakes Foundation in action

On Thursday, April 16, the T.D. Jakes Foundation and the Global Leadership Forum (GLF) co-hosted a virtual forum focused on workforce issues in science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM). The two-hour event, co-hosted by T.D. Jakes Foundation President and CEO Hattie Hill and GLF CEO Kendall Norris, featured experts from top nonprofit organizations, including NPower and the Brookings Institution.

The T.D. Jakes Foundation’s Chairman Jakes and President and CEO Hattie Hill joined Dallas Citizens Council Chairman Fred Perpall to discuss immediate job opportunities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and how workers can set themselves up for future success. Click here to watch the discussion.

During an interview with Chairman Jakes, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams explains why COVID-19 is disproportionally affecting people of color and explains steps we can all take to mitigate risk and prevent the spread of the virus.

Are you a displaced worker looking for job opportunities? We’ve compiled job opportunities in essential sectors such as grocery and drug stores and restaurants, along with remote opportunities in technology. Find them here.

Owning a business is never easy, but it’s even more challenging now, with so many owners unable to meet overhead or pay salaries. Click here to learn more about the resources available to small-business owners.


Wondering when you’ll get your stimulus check? CNBC explains how the U.S. Treasury is distributing payments, with tax filers who received 2018 or 2019 refunds via direct deposit receiving their money first, followed by those who do not typically file tax returns and have not provided the IRS with their bank information.

As part of the CARES Act, many Americans are receiving a one-time $1,200 stimulus check. Forbes outlines six ways to spend the money, depending on your unemployment status and other factors.

Help for small businesses

Small business owners should be on the lookout for potential fraud schemes. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) outlines common scams like fraudsters initiating small business loans or requiring up-front payments.

The Dallas Entrepreneurial Center (DEC) Network has launched a website offering small-business resources and a Fast Track Mentorship program that connects newer small business owners with entrepreneurs and professionals who have navigated previous economic crises.

The National Association for the Self Employed (NASE) is providing resources and information to entrepreneurs. In addition to important links to programs like the Paycheck Protection Program, NASE offers an Ask the Expert feature, providing personalized support.

Education assistance

For parents of children enrolled in special education programs, ongoing school closures present unique challenges. Dallas ISD Special Education Department is offering resources and activities for parents and students during COVID-19 closures. Click here to learn more.

Dallas ISD has launched two emergency childcare sites for families of first responders, healthcare and other essential workers. For more information on the childcare sites, click here.

Together, we can and will get through this.

Hattie Hill
President & CEO
T.D. Jakes Foundation


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