SHIH, Inc is a non-profit 501c3 100% vol. org. in Ada OK. founded over 3 years ago by Debbie Wall who was a widow who understood the challenges widows face in changing social dynamics leaving them feeling lonely& invisible. SHIH purpose is to provide a place where widows make friends, incr... Read More
SHIH, Inc is a non-profit 501c3 100% vol. org. in Ada OK. founded over 3 years ago by Debbie Wall who was a widow who understood the challenges widows face in changing social dynamics leaving them feeling lonely& invisible.
SHIH purpose is to provide a place where widows make friends, increase social interactions & feel valued, improve mental & emotional health. SHIH team approaches community leaders arranging for monthly banquets, where the widows connect with each other in an inclusive atmosphere with good food, entertainment, hugs (something they rarely receive), & gifts. They are served at decorated round tables w/real dishes, stemware, table cloths, and cloth napkins.
SHIH began in January 2016 with 88 and has grown to over 150 widows each month. The community provides food & venues for monthly banquets. SHIH began another monthly program last year partnering w/community leaders to provide informational workshops, including Social Security, Taxes, Investments, Fraud& Identity Theft, Travel opportunities, Gardening, Wills & Estate Planning, Exercise Opportunities, medicine interactions& flu vaccines.
SHIH programs have resulted in widow groups who now socialize going to movies, concerts, plays& restaurants. Many widows no longer feel lonely & isolated.
SHIH uses its network of community resources when discovering a widow in extreme need. One of SHIH widows was living in a dilapidated home with no running water, no air conditioning, and mold forcing her to sleep in LR recliner. She used her microwave& an electric skillet to prepare meals. Her home was uninhabitable, SHIH gathered resources and bought a 35’ travel trailer and set it up. She now has an air-conditioned home, shower, indoor toilet, bed, oven& tv.
SHIH is looking to purchase round tables and carts along with a trailer to store them. Our ultimate goal is to have a permanent facility for our banquets.
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Debbie knows first hand what it is like to be a widow. She and Bobby were happily married for 40 years and raised 2 beautiful children. When he passed away she got involved in a grief support group & began SHIH over 3 years ago. She has since married a wonderful man & continues to work with widows.
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