Our Mission Statement: We serve to empower widows to “lean into life,” build resilience and release their potential to make a positive difference in the world.
Modern Widows Club is designed to create a safe and private environment for widows to lean into life together through the journey.
We are the club no one wants to be in because you only get in by virtue of experiencing a great loss. Yet what I hope you find once you’re here is that you’re surrounded by a community of really amazing women that you can lean on and learn from. We’re widows helping widows to live– to go upward and onward. Sometimes we cry and sometimes we laugh. We talk about how to tackle challenges without our husbands’ help and cheer each other on. We often share food as we do this, because who doesn’t like to eat?
When a woman loses her husband she tends to feel very alone. Regardless of her age or circumstances, she can use other women in her life who understand the unique challenges she is now faced with. She needs women who will build her up and encourage her in this new life she walks. We are stronger together. No woman is an island. We need each other.
Meet our Leaders
Chapter Leader: Vashon S.
Vashon is a mother, cook, organic gardener, world traveler, friend, seeker, author and urban designer. When she is not planning communities, or raising her son, Kean, she spends her time creating community more personally by sitting on various neighborhood boards and volunteering for causes she is passionate about.
In 2011, Vashon attended the first MWC meeting after losing her husband in 2008. She found comfort, love and support in bonding with women who shared the same story. Vashon is excited to be giving back to this amazing organization and looks forward to supporting these women as they journey with the loss of their beloveds.
Chapter Leader – Jeanice Young
Jeanice was 57 years old in 2009 when life changed for her in an instant. She and her husband were on a motorcycle ride one Saturday afternoon when a man in a truck ran a red light. Jeanice became a widow that day. Even though she has lived in the Orlando area since the mid-1980’s, she was not introduced to Modern Widows Club until 2018 when her friend Gina Horton invited her to an empowerment weekend. She is excited about sharing her journey, and growing with her Wisters now in her role as co-leader for the Orlando Chapter.
Her 37 years of marriage to Hank had been blessed with three children, now two son-in-laws and five grandchildren. Her family, their support, love & activities area daily blessing. After Hank’s death, Jeanice and her children started a foundation and began having charity golf events to raise money for under-served families.
Jeanice is a retired RN and now, when asked what she does, she states, “I am a professional volunteer!” She has volunteered for years at local golf event supporting the Arnold Palmer charities, multiple activities with her church, and now volunteers with Modern Widows Club. She loves to stay active enjoying walking, yoga, Zumba, dancing, golf and traveling.