We are thrilled to announce the recent addition of Jill Hochman to the Hope for Widows Board of Directors. Her skills and experience will be a wonderful asset to our Board. Jill looks forward to advancing Hope for Widows community with many ideas through program development and her heart to serve widows.

Jill is a retired US Federal Senior Executive. She worked at the US Department of Transportation for thirty four years. She wrote the first ever standard for licenses for drivers of big trucks and busses. Much of her career was spent bringing people together to facilitate and improve safety and transportation project planning.

Jill met her husband Charlie at work while waiting for a bus and they were married for almost thirty five years. Shortly after retiring, Charlie died from cancer in August of 2014.   He was diagnosed just three weeks before passing and Jill was not prepared to be a widow with all her retirement years ahead– much less be a single mom to a twenty year old son. Since taking on this completely unplanned widow/solo mom role, Jill joined the University of Maryland Legacy Leadership Program in the School of a Public Health, created a fund in her husband’s name to provide food at her city’s interfaith food pantry, and brings to widows positive intentions and healing energy through her work as a Master Reiki Healer.

We thank Jill for her willingness to serve our widow community, her participation and contribution. We are honored and look forward to her visions for our community to come to light.

Hope for Widows Directors


While working full time, Chasity is also involved with several volunteer organizations that include grief facilitation, bereavement support at local hospices and leading several online grief resources. Her passion and heart is to serve and help others. She is currently one of the Executive Directors for Hope for Widows Foundation.

Chasity is also a co-author of a book titled ‘The Unwelcome Committee’ which was published in November 2016. It shares three different perspectives of becoming a widow and dealing with the process of grief overall.

Chasity met her late husband at the young age of eighteen. In June of 2009, her life would forever change when she lost her husband suddenly in a lake drowning at the age of thirty four years old. Finding out who she was again, raising her son and living life to the fullest even after this tragedy was a mission she was eager to accomplish.

Chasity enjoys volunteering, traveling, sporting events, writing and spending time with her family and friends.