Compassionately Caring for Widows

Sandra Cochrun, Founder

Welcome to Widows’ Purse, a ministry to and for widows. It is my responsibility to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves….”  Pr. 31:8

How would you manage if all of a sudden your income was cut in half?

That’s what happens to women on Social Security when their spouse passes away.  The surviving spouse may take the larger of their two checks.  So, that means whatever wasn’t used of your or your spouse’s benefits goes back into Social Security fund.

My husband Jack passed away in 2018, and I’ve been made aware of the many widows who are needing help.  Did you know that according to the Social Security Administration, 37% of the elderly poor are widowed.  

I spoke to a widow recently who said, “My rent is going up $40 and I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it.  I’ve already sold my car.”

Another said, “If I could have kept my house if I hadn’t lost John’s social security check.  I had to sell everything to pay off his end of life debts.”

Working in ministry, we didn’t have adequate income to save for retirement.  We believed The Storehouse would be our retirement job, but when we had to close The Storehouse in 2017 for lack of funding, we knew we were in trouble.  Jack was bed-ridden and I was his caregiver. We could no longer carry on the work of the ministry. It was our saddest day.

A New Beginning

I am ready now to take up the ministry mantle in a new way: for widows needing our help.  We must fill up our  Widow’s Purse for rents, utilities and prescriptions.  Our website will be a resource, also, as we share advice to edify and encourage them and to help them find the things they need like food, clothing and shelter.

We hope you will consider helping us undertake this much-needed work.  The book of James says this:

“Religion that 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.” James 1:27

If you have a testimony or a story to share, please feel free to contact me: 

Donate Now by clicking on the link below. Thanks so much.

Sandra Cochrun

Mailing address:  Widows Purse, P O Box 1256, Pflugerville, TX 78691