Divorce and dating club
To divorcées like them, Maplewood had a tendency of appearing overrun by happy nuclear families, and it could be alienating at times.
But when Riss, Sockwell and other local women going through divorce got together, the town became a supportive enclave for newly single ladies.
Meanwhile, Sockwell, whose own separation had started in 2010, was dismayed when she turned to the self-help section at Barnes & Noble for advice.
“[The books] were all more clinical and dry, and then there were memoirs like ‘Eat Pray Love,’ too.
While Riss felt her world had been “rocked to its core,” she began to view the divorce as a chance to refocus her career.
PDDC combines both online dating with offline Miixzee's™, seminars, coaching, matchmaking, and post-divorce resources and services to help build a comprehensive support network around individuals looking to move past their divorce.
The PDDC was founded by Lee Block, a divorced mom of two, after she discovered the difficulty divorcees encountered when seeking out quality dating partners.
Divorce had a way of bringing Suzanne Riss and Jill Sockwell together.
Riss, a freelance journalist living in Maplewood, NJ, had just separated from her husband in 2011 when she met Sockwell, a real estate agent and fellow Maplewood resident who was just a couple of steps ahead of Riss in her own divorce process.