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.

Join us for our meeting of the Southern Illinois Chapter 
of  Modern Widows Club! We meet every 2nd Wednesday of
the month. Stay tuned each month for more information!

Southern Illinois Modern Widows Club is designed to create a safe and private environment for widows to lean into life together through the journey.

Modern Widows Club is 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 not group therapy. We’re not a support group. 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.
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  Meet our Leaders

Chapter Lead – Jenn Fortune

At the age of 28, there was a knock at her door and she looked out and saw 4 Military Personnel. Her heart sank and in that moment her life was shattered. Through the years in Women’s Ministry and as a Professional Photographer, she has had the unique opportunity to minister and empower women through their personal journeys.

With a heart that desires to reach women with love and compassion, her desire is to give them that safe place she needed when her husband died.

Chapter Co-Leader: Jessica Sergeev

Jessica lost her husband suddenly in 2014 after a stroke. Ivan was 26 and Jessica 29. They met at church in 2010 while they were both attending SIU.  She was finishing her Master of Architecture, and he was completing his Master of Quality Engineering. After dating for 2 years, they were married in 2012. One afternoon in August 2014 Ivan had a stroke at home. A few days later during surgery he had another, which he did not recover. The morning of his memorial service she learned she was pregnant with their first child. Her first year she learned how to be a mother, a widow, and to continue on without her husband. She is grateful there is a community like MWC to encourage and empower women who have lost so much, yet can still find joy in life.