Widow Care is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Rockville, Maryland and we serve the 680,204 widowed men and women in DC/MD/VA.

Our mission

Widowhood affects a large percentage of the world population, such that 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 are widowed, and around 800,000 people are widowed each year. While spousal loss is such a widespread occurrence, many people lack proper access to resources.

At Widow Care, our mission is to provide accessible content and connections to the 680,204 DC, Maryland and Virginia residents facing the loss of a spouse, so they can become empowered in their walks through grief and new challenges. Widow Care was founded to bridge the gap between bereavement groups & practical care, to help members of our community to regain stability.


Widow Care strives to alleviate social isolation, create camaraderie and promote healing through 3 focus areas: support, social engagement & strength.

Our programs include peer support groups, educational/grief seminars, social meetups, one-on-one mentorship & personalized in-home volunteer assistance. 


For more information, watch our video & listen to our radio interview, originally broadcasted on the WMAL Senior Solutions Show.

Widow Care Interview - Senior Solutions on WMAL
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Eric Stewart founded Widow Care in 2013 after many years of working in the real estate industry. He, along with Lynn Carta and Reva Gambrell, Co-Executive Directors, run daily operations like event planning, website development, program management & more.


Widow Care is comprised of many talented, genuine individuals who help us to carry out our mission of helping local widowed persons. Many of our board members are widowed, themselves, and they understand the challenges, heartbreak & loneliness of widowhood.

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Lynn Carta

Lynn is a research biologist transplanted 20 years ago from southern California.

She lost her husband to cancer in 2013 and lives in Silver Spring, MD with two adult daughters and two rescue dogs.


She’s been serving on the Widow Care Board of Directors since our creation.


Reva Gambrell

Reva is a project manager who has held various leadership positions in the private and public sectors. As a volunteer in her community, she has served as Area Vice President for the Northeast Consortium of the Montgomery County Public Schools and Representative on the Montgomery County Council of PTA's.

Ms. Gambrell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Catholic University of America and a Masters of Business Administration from Howard University.

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Terry Bilbo

Terry is a visionary leader that sees past challenges to set an empowering picture of the future.  He currently serves as the Chief Administrative Officer of Grant Thornton.

Terry received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and an Associates degree in Science from Pearl River Community College. Terry also completed graduate studies in Public Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.


Elisa Bragale

Elisa is a native Washingtonian and third generation realtor. Her past experiences include digital game design and selling technology consulting services.


Elisa graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Architecture Design, and graduated with honors from the University of Baltimore with a degree in Computer Simulation and Digital Entertainment. She is the proud mother of a twin son and daughter and a puppy.


Gary Kline

At agencies in Washington, D.C. and Boston and as an independent consultant, Gary has been helping organizations for over 25 years to fundraise, expand their donor base and launch new programs.


Clients have included the American Red Cross, American Library Association, Covenant House, Children's National Medical Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Paralyzed Veterans of America, just to name some of them.