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 Y.
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.
Chapter Leader – Tracy F.
My husband, Tim, died suddenly on December 24, 2015 at the age of 54. We were married for 27 years
and together for 33 years. We have two sons who were 21 and 16 at the time. He was at home, just
starting his vacation, and I was at work for half a day. We were expecting family for a big dinner and gift
giving. I called wanting to ask something about dinner and when he didn’t answer his cell phone (not
unusual for him) I called my oldest son. He said he would go look outside for him and call me back. Tim
LOVED to be outdoors and in his man-shed. My son did call me back but this call was him hysterical that
he couldn’t wake Dad up and thinks he is dead. We all know that feeling. To say my life changed is a
huge understatement. I was in a very bad place for quite some time. I went to a couple of grief groups
and went to counseling. I was just over a year into my widow journey when I discovered MWC. I went
way outside my box and drove myself almost an hour to a strangers home. That was the beginning of my
new life. The best thing that ever happened was finding this ‘tribe’ of women who truly understand me
and did not judge me at all. I can honestly say that MWC saved my life. I have come a VERY long way
with the support and encouragement from all my Wisters!
It helps me helping other wisters along their journey. I am so proud to be able to be a part of such an
Chapter Leader – Janet D.
Janet’s father died in May 2005 and her husband died in February 2006. Her son, Joey, just turned 6 years old, and he lost the 2 male role models in his life within 9 months of each other. At the time of her husband’s death, she realized that it was now up to her to raise their son.
Janet owns a travel agency and has come to focus on helping widows with travel for themselves and their family. When asked how she’s gotten through, she always answers “I have faith. I could not do it without God”. Janet loves sharing her love & laughter with others .. and has volunteered to share her insight with other widows. She is into health & wellness .. loves the natural approach first with her Young Living essential oils .. enjoys her friends & family .. playing golf .. and traveling.