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Voice: Valley churches need to provide a place for singles to meet

June 14, 2001

I moved from the Minnesota freezer to Southern California at the end of 1965. For about 10 months I lived in La Mesa, where I was a member of a singles (unmarried) club that met in a classroom of the La Mesa First Methodist Church. The church did not sponsor the group, only provided its facilities for club meetings.

The move to El Centro came in October 1966. Here I joined a Valley Singles Club, which I left because of drinking and smoking by the members. It became difficult to find "dates" until I decided to spend one or two weekends per month in San Diego while also becoming acquainted with Mexicali.

Churches in larger cities may have programs in which the singles (unmarried) can meet in a Christian environment. At the present time it appears 1965-66 situation is revisiting me. Already several musical programs have been missed because of the absence of "dates" — I don't care to attend alone.

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Ads have appeared in this newspaper to no avail. Two persons called and left their telephone number, but upon calling back, no one answered.

When will Imperial Valley churches provide a program for the unmarried to meet; that is, a mission to the lonely?

BOB HAUBRICH

Brawley

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