Today, Hallow, a Catholic prayer and meditation app, announced that it will be providing free Hallow Plus subscriptions to all recently unemployed workers to help support them during the economic upheaval caused by the global pandemic.
“This is an incredibly stressful and anxious time for so many in our country and across the world, especially for the millions of people suddenly laid off from their jobs. Our hearts go out to all of those who are suffering, worried, and afraid. We pray that you might be able to find peace and hope, even amidst this storm, in God’s love.” said Alex Jones, co-founder and CEO of Hallow. “We’re humbled to do what we can to be a small part in helping folks find His stillness & peace through prayer.”
Starting today, through at least the end of June, any new subscriber who has recently lost their job can get a free Hallow Plus subscription by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All subscribers will receive a year of free access to over 500 contemplative sessions focused on finding peace by building a deeper relationship with God. Hallow will continue to work to find partner charities to support the many who are economically displaced as a result of the rising unemployment crisis globally.
“Across the country businesses are being forced to significantly reduce or completely shut down their operations for an unknown period of time because of the highly uncertain future of the global economy. Now, more than ever, it’s absolutely critical for us to support those in our communities that are most vulnerable to the impact of unexpected financial stress,” said Alessandro DiSanto, co-founder and Head of Growth at Hallow.
Over 20 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits, pushing the national unemployment rate above 14% for the first time since World War II. Sudden job loss can result in feelings of grief and lead to the creation of self-destructive physical and psychological habits.
Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, assures us however, that “God does not abandon us, he goes with us even now in this time of trial and testing. In this moment, it is important for us to anchor our hearts in the hope that we have in Jesus Christ. Now is the time to intensify our prayers and sacrifices for the love of God and the love of our neighbor. Let us draw closer to one another in our love for him, and rediscover the things that truly matter in our lives.”
In effort to specifically help those facing sacramental and social isolation Hallow has launched new in-app content and functionality, including a meditation on the prayer for Spiritual Communion; a 15+ session Stuck at Home “praylist” featuring meditations on the power of prayer and finding peace in trusting God; and the ability to create in-app prayer groups to share intentions, prayers, and reflections with friends, family, and loved ones.
Hallow is a faith-based mediation app that helps its users deepen their relationship with God through audio-guided contemplative prayer sessions. Launched in December of 2018, the app has already been used to pray over 1 million times in over 50 countries. It is currently the #1 Catholic app in the US App Store and has an average 4.9 / 5.0 star rating. Hallow is being used by Catholic schools, parishes, employers, families, priests, and Bishops across the world. For more information please visit us at https://hallow.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
You can download the app directly here.