Rules dating support group
While the group is focused on the 30-and-older crowd, Corbett says, “we don’t card at the door.”For Antoinette Woods, 31, of Laurel, finding a singles group was all about finding people with the same values after she moved to the area three years ago.
“I joined because I don’t have any family here, I didn’t know anyone and I was looking to connect with other single people in a similar stage in life in the area,” says Woods, who now runs the group’s Facebook page and designs their marketing materials and newsletter.
Crystal Green of Upper Marlboro holds a book that inspired the start of the support group, The Rules DMV, during a "meetup" at George Martin's Grillfire in Hanover.
(Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group)“The group is about traditional dating, where the man asks you out on a date, and surrounds the rules for calling, texting and emailing,” Boyd says.
“When I was around my girlfriends and they were happy in their relationships, I kept asking myself, ‘Why am I not moving forward?
Certified relationship coach Monique Boyd, center, has a laugh while she talks to Crystal Green, left, of Upper Marlboro and Yolanda Thornton of Elkridge during a “meetup” of The Rules DMV, a singles support group, at George Martin’s Grillfire in Hanover.
(Jen Rynda / Baltimore Sun Media Group) As a single woman, Crystal Turner, 33, of Columbia, once felt she was navigating the dating scene completely alone.
“It felt very uplifting to be around other women going through the same obstacles and giving each other input,” Turner said.
“It was very inspiring.”Whether it is support for moms raising their children alone, lending someone who just moved to the area a helping hand or providing a listening ear during a difficult time, local groups have a wide range of ways to help singles, no matter the situation.
Tony Richardson, left, of Severn portrays character Bourbon Du Pre and while Marvella Gray of Baltimore listens during The Mix 30 Singles Ministry’s mystery game night at Bridgeway’s Nexus Youth Center in Columbia.