Moving to a new place is never easy, especially with the pandemic making it difficult to meet new people. The Daniel Island Newcomers is for people who’ve moved to Daniel Island within the past year and those anticipating relocating. Last month, the Daniel Island Newcomers held its first event on the popular Daniel Island Ferry.
Daniel Island Newcomers is the brainchild of local regional broker for Sentry Residential Therese Jenkins. “I recognized a need when on a few occasions clients of mine have asked if there was a group here to help them get started, and I realized that although I had lived in Mount Pleasant for many years, when I decided to move to
Daniel Island, I didn’t know anyone! It was almost like starting all over again since most of my friends at the time were in north Mount Pleasant and that wasn’t too convenient for last minute get-togethers, or bike rides, or walks,” Jenkins said. “So, I decided to start a Facebook group and see where it goes! Lo and behold, it is a huge
hit and in a short amount of time we have over 300 members and approximately five people a day joining.”
Jenkins hopes the group will create lifelong friendships. The first event on the Charleston waterways was a huge success. Newcomers received some goodies with their outing. “I had local Charleston Women in Business donate awesome swag bags to welcome newcomers with helpful items such as babysitting services, skin care, accountants, dentists, etc.”
Island Expressions also donated to the group’s first raffle. Jenkins hopes the local business community of restaurant owners and shops will host future events and donate some raffle items and goodies so newcomers can find out more about local businesses.
New to Daniel Island, Kelly Martin joined the group because it’s been hard to meet people during the pandemic. “I thought by joining the group, I would expedite the process of getting to know my neighbors. I have only interacted with the group virtually and, like other Daniel Island specific Facebook groups, I have been so pleased with the friendliness of my interactions.”
Martin also started a new group for ladies who like to play games. The DI Ladies Game Night and Events Group was created to cultivate friendships among the ladies of Daniel Island.
Joi Monacci recently moved to Daniel Island and hopes Daniel Island Newcomers will provide a fun way to meet other new locals. “I joined because I just moved here a week and half ago and since my kids are grown it can be hard to meet new people. I am looking to meet some friends.”
Jenkins says plans are already in the works for the group’s next event. “Stay tuned and check the site for our next events, a picnic and a taco party. Local businesses are free to reach out to me for giveaways and promotion at future events.”
For information on the Daniel Island Newcomers Group, visit facebook.com/groups/1570083426501056 or contact Jenkins at 843-568-9748.