This past year, a lot has happened, lives changed drastically without any chance of returning to “normal”. One thing is for certain, the connection that we need and crave, can be channeled into helping each other where we need it most. The world might be falling apart, but we can reach out and help make things a little better for everyone.
Some of the most heartfelt efforts are from the front line workers. The sacrifice and oath-driven success of a healthcare worker is beyond the imagination of anyone that hasn’t walked into the scene they do everyday. Dr. Anosh Ahmed, a physician, entrepreneur, and investor has seen the damage and has made an incredible effort to give back to a community in Chicago.
Dr. Ahmed has worked to make sure that these community improvements were done right. “Schools are only useful if the kids have the technology to do distance learning,” he explains. “So, there was a way to help those without the internet or laptops to have the opportunity to succeed.Schools, health clinics, and housing are some of the pillars of a thriving community so there is a chance to make an area a better place by improving those conditions and amenities. Housing is also incredibly important. Living well starts at home,” he says.
Countering the destruction, loss, and grief of the pandemic, Dr. Ahmed has seen so much growth, healing, renewal, and support in the communities that he has helped supply those pillars of health and education. “There is a lot of profit here, it was a smart investment, and it helped so many kids and families get access to the resources that they needed.”
Another side of his investments included housing. “I invested in apartments as well, so that there would be a safe place for families, the elderly, and anyone that needed to stay could have that sense of community. This is helpful for them so that they aren’t far from the amenities of groceries, schools, and health clinics and care,” explains Dr. Ahmed.
This brings families, individuals, and businesses together and what is most important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Ahmed is boldly creating a community infrastructure that is not only profitable, but secure for those that are within that sphere.
Giving back to a Chicago community is something that is important to him. Combining his background in real estate and medicine, he is able to support the residence and offer care in ways he may not have been able to had he not had experience in investing. This is what community-driven health and wellness looks like.
“This community had been almost forgotten about, and I didn’t want to see them struggling like they had been. Some of the most amazing things of getting to heal people is taking the steps to make things better for them on a larger scale. So there was an opportunity to heal a community from the outside in and I took it.” For inspiration and growth, the world that Dr. Ahmed wants to see, he is creating.
There isn’t really anyone that does what I do, so I’ve never had the chance to idolize anyone doing this, this something that I get to forge myself and it’s definitely been driven by improving lives, helping communities, and the possibility of making the world a better place.
Improvement personally, and professionally is another aspect to which Dr. Ahmed feels strongly about. “You don’t want to lose sight of your vision, so I don’t really follow in anyone’s footsteps. I can only look at my progress year after year and determine how I can be better or how I can grow.” This is the time to really be there for your community and Dr. Ahmed has seen the virus up close and personal. “We don’t have the room to be anything less than community-driven,” he says empathetically.
With such an impressive resume and investment portfolio, Dr. Ahmed has been able to help where others may not have had the opportunity to do so. His real estate ventures are what makes his involvement a little different. “I want my work to give back. Anytime I invest or build something, I want it to be useful to its community,” he says.
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