We are so glad you stopped by to visit us online. Please browse our website to learn more about Widows Empowered Strengthened and I, Inc. (W.E.S. and I, Inc.). And when you’re ready, feel free to call or stop by one of our regularly scheduled meetings. We’d love to meet you in person and spend some time showing you some sisterly love. As a surviving spouse, widow, many of us have been where you are and we look forward to helping you heal during this difficult journey.

The women involved in W.E.S. and I, Inc. meet every 3rd Saturday of the month, from 1 – 3 p.m., typically at Lott Industries (3350 Hill Ave, Toledo, OH 43607).

During our meetings, we spend time getting to know each other by engaging in “icebreakers” and other fun activities, while enjoying refreshments and planning group outings (like bowling, museum visits, dinner, movies, cookouts) and discussing volunteer opportunities. Sometimes we have guest speakers and others who stop by to enlighten us.

There is no fee to participate. The atmosphere is fun, light-hearted and diverse. We have women from many different backgrounds, ages, ethnicity, and races.

During our meetings, we also share various information and local resources that may be useful to our widows. We connect and embrace each other in a friendly and personal way.

We know first hand the pain of losing someone you love, particularly a spouse. The grief is immeasurable. That’s why we’re here to support one another as we go through the process.

If you, like many of us, are searching for some type of support through grief, then look no further. We are here to help you through. We are a sisterhood that loves, educates, and empowers widows through hard times, and we do it together.

Mission Statement

Empowering and enabling widows and women through love, support, training and education.

Vision Statement

Widows Empowered Strengthened & I Inc. will seek out and create opportunities for widows to identify and utilize personal gifts, talents and abilities to help themselves and others who are in financial, physical, psychological, social and emotional need by providing love, support, training and education.

Why There’s A Need For This Organization:

Many widows are lonely, hurting, and need help.
Household income changes: In 2014, 35% older women were widows. The average income of older persons in 2013 was $29,327 for males and $16,301 for females.
Statistics Show there are:

  • 16,134 widows in Toledo
  • 80% are women
  • 606,810 widows in Ohio
  • 78% are women
  • 1 million widows in the U.S.
  • 78% are women