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    Houston is the largest city in Texas. Founded in 1836 on land near the banks of the Buffalo Bayou. Named after the former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas.

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Houston Chapter

Nat. Reunion

Modern Widows Club – Houston Chapter

We meet at St. John the Divine, on River oaks, just off Westheimer in the heart of Houston, every 2nd Thursday of each month on at 6:30pm. Please join us!

You may contact us at natalie@modernwidowsclub.com.

Natalie I. Lancaster – Chapter Lead

Nyla Battagila  – Chapter Co-Lead

Natalie became a widow in 2011. After an internet search, deep in my despair, looking for hope, she found Carolyn Moor, the founder of Modern Widows Club.  Carolyn rescued me and helped me move towards new life. She gave me hope! She saved me. The more she helped me grow out of despair and helped me walk into the light of my new life, the more I knew I had to lead a chapter for our city. “We desperately need it. I’m part of a Twins Club organization and of the 12 Members, we now have three widows. I was beginning to see widows all around me struggling with all with different kinds of loss, different problems, different backgrounds, cultures, financial situations; and they all desperate needed help. A hand to hold, an book to read, a mentor and most of all, a friend that understands this unique journey. I wanted to be that friend to them…”

As Chapter Leader for the Modern Widows Club Houston with Co-Leader, Nyla Battagila, we plan to give hope to widows in our community.  We want to lend a hand, to be that friend to someone who needs it so desperately. We don’t have all the answers to all the questions, but we can help you in your journey. If you’re a widow, please come and join us. Together we will move forward to be all that we were meant to be in our new life…

Being a widow is a unique journey. Losing your husband after a marriage is like losing a piece of yourself. You are so accustomed to seeing yourself in the role of wife, partner, soul mate; then suddenly you find yourself standing alone — all alone. Maybe you have children, and maybe you don’t. No matter what you have had; it’s gone, lost forever, never to return. It seems so overwhelming, hopeless and the hardest part is that you no longer know WHO YOU ARE… who am I without HIM??? Our identity has been a part of the marriage, the partner, that spouse for so long you have to try to find a way to find yourself; to recreate yourself to become a brand new you that you have never known, someone you have never met before.  That’s were Modern Widows Club can help. It’s a social support club. We don’t have all the answers, but we have walked YOUR walk and we can walk your walk with you. You don’t have to be alone.

ImageNyla Battagila lost her husband to lung cancer in August of 2013.  They were married for 22 years.  Although she was very grateful to have had those years, no amount of time would have been long enough.  She have 4 adult children (2 “bonus” and 2 biological) and 7 grandchildren.  She is a retired registered nurse, an avid dog fancier, and self-proclaimed “foodie”.  Originally from Minnesota, she has been in Texas since the early 80′s and now consider the Houston area “home”.

When her husband died, she began looking for others who understood the path–women that would “get it”.  Despite many long time loving friends and family that were kind and supportive, she was looking for those that could identify with the journey to finding a new, albeit unchosen and unwanted, way of life.  She have found that band of women through Modern Widows Club and Natalie.  Every time I come home from our meeting, she felt so uplifted.  She hoped to find ways to connect with others going through this challenging time as we each become a new and better person.  She is honored that Natalie has asked me to be her co-leader.

Additional Resources:

Our MWC Houston MeetUps Group

Houston Chapter meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at St. John the Divine.

Contact Natalie Lancaster at natalie@modernwidowsclub.com 

Read her BLOG: eNJoyEvery2nd

ABC13News Article Announcing Houston Chapter

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