Our mission

Our Mission is to provide desperately needed content and connections to the 680,204 DC, Maryland and Virginia residents facing the loss of a spouse, so they can become empowered to carry on. Widow Care was founded to provide a hub for recent and long-term widows and widowers. 1 in 3 people will be widowed by the age of 65, and these individuals are at a higher risk of social isolation & depression. We want to help.

We host monthly social and support events for those who wish to connect with others that truly understand. Widow Care will never collect any fees from constituents, and is free to join— we welcome widows and widowers of all ages!

Our social events encourage constituents to try new and exciting activities with other widowed individuals. Our events include getting brunch/dinner and attending workshops, live theatre, holiday festivals and more. All events and activities are hosted through third party venues and are either free or offered at a reasonable price. Our peer support groups are held to offer widow(er)s a space to talk about their feelings and find support within our loving community.

We also compile resources, like social media support groups, employment services, financial advice and more, all available to assist you and your family in your journey. Links to all resources can be found at widowcare.org under our resource tab. We also encourage constituents to attend external events hosted by other local and national widow(er) groups— these events can be found here. Watch our video below for more information.

Our History

Since its inception in 2014, Widow Care has focused on 4 core values: Compassion, Care, Community, and Restoration. We aim to offer support, friendship and resources to help widows and widowers cope with their trauma and connect with those around them. We do this because we believe the world should be a place where neighbors not only know one another, but build supportive relationships together regardless of their differences.

Our fundamental reason for believing in the necessity of this kind of community comes from James 1:27, which says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Though founded on Christian principles, we open our arms to people of all beliefs.

In the past, we have matched widows with volunteers, offered social events, and been a hub for information and referral. While Widow Care has experienced small shifts in its direction, our mission of restoring confidence, independence, and stability in the lives of widows and widowers has remained unwavering. We look forward to continuing our support of our constituents as they adjust to their new lives.