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Someone Know: Widows With a Purpose

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"High school sweethearts and got married at 18 and were married for 49 years."

Thirteen years ago, Emily Cales lost her husband.

And while she misses him every day, she believes her life still has a purpose.

"Even if you're by yourself, we know how much we're loved. So let's pray ladies."    

A decade ago, Emily started a widows support group through Reno Christian Fellowship.

And while they share memories and tears, there's plenty of laughter, too.

Emily's hope is to bring joy to their lives - because, she believes, they're here for a reason.

"I've always said, ‘if God didn't have a purpose for my life, he would have taken me with (husband) Sam.’"

So Emily named this group "Widows With a Purpose."

Along with Fellowship, they extend loving arms to others who've lost their spouses and deliver baskets.

"There's candy in there because chocolate heals everything. There are little scripture verses on little cards that they can take out one day at a time."    

Along with handwritten notes - delivered every month for a year, which helps these women get through their grief as well. They've been doing this for the past ten years.

"We delivered 211 baskets I believe and sent out 2007 some-odd cards over that time."    

They help the homeless, too.

"We take these plastic bags and cut them into strips and the ladies crochet these and they're given to a church on Kings Row for the homeless.'To lay on.'”

Emily is also a volunteer mentor with Awaken - a non-profit committed to halting sex trafficking.

The women there adore her; they look up to her like a grandmother.

"They come to my house generally on Thanksgiving and Easter; two very important holidays that they've never had the opportunity."

Emily's faith fuels her giving spirit.

Emily says "Widows With a Purpose" reaches out to widows all over the area, not just women who attend RCF church.

To learn more about the group, go to

And for Awaken, go to

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