2020 RECIPIENT – MARGIE CASTRO
2020 RECIPIENT – ANN LEWIS
“Thank you so much to Hope For Widows Foundation for awarding me the 2020 financial grant. It has been extremely hard since my husband passed away unexpectedly in October of 2019 and then a couple months later the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
I am a waitress for a local restaurant and lost my job. The grant has helped me tremendously. My only car was in the shop and I was told I had to get a new transmission.
Thank GOD for this grant as it helped me pay my deductible from my warranty so I could get my car fixed and it allowed transportation for my two children. I was also able to pay a couple of my necessity bills since I have not been able to really pay any of them because unemployment does not cover everything that I need.
When I got the phone call saying I was going to receive the Restoring Hope and Peace 2020 Grant it was the greatest blessing ever. I want to say thank you to all the wonderful women in this Foundation, you are a true blessing. It really does help knowing that there are people out here that care and truly help. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful group than I can count on to get advice and just read stories and to know I am not in this alone. Thank you so much again Hope for Widows Foundation.” – Ann
2019 RECIPIENT – ELIZABETH (BETH) RYAN
Beth became a sudden widow by losing her husband Phil by heart attack in February 2017, her and Phil have two children, ages 12 and 17. In 2018 the unexpected happened, and Beth was diagnosed with breast cancer. Grief and breast cancer was not a combination that she ever imagined having to battle after the loss of her love. Beth had to leave her job to take care of her health and children She shares: “Cancer touched my boob, so I am kicking its ass!”
Beth shared she would not know where she be without the support of her Hope Sisters: “I have followed Hope for Widows Foundation since early on in my grief journey. It truly helps knowing that you are not alone in the struggle and the obstacles we face when we have lost our loved one. Having hope helps bring one to a peaceful place, but it is an ongoing challenge. I am thankful for groups like Hope for Widows Foundation, especially on social media, that can help when we face dark times.”