Stitch Announces 20,000 Members and Opening of Los Angeles Network
New Online Companionship Service for Baby Boomers Increasing its Community; The “City of Angels” Big Market for “Stitchers”
SAN FRANCISCO — OCTOBER 26, 2015 — Stitch, the leading online companionship service for adults 50 and better, today announced that it has signed up more than 20,000 members since launching last year, supporting the mission that everyone needs companionship especially baby boomers. Stitch also formally announced the launch of its Los Angeles network.
20,000 Stitch members and growing
According to the National Institute of Health, 40% of people over 50 are single and experience a significant amount of loneliness, which is primarily due to divorce or death of partner. Additionally, 30% of the 78 million baby boomers are single. Launched in 2014 by Co-Founders Andrew Dowling and Marcie Rogo, Stitch was developed to help adults over 50 years old find companionship through organized group activities, meetups, as well as romantic connections. Today, more than 18,000 members are experiencing the many benefits that Stitch affords.
Overall Stitch gives members three ways to make connections: through a one-to-one approach, member-driven group activities, and group travel. Travel is the most popular common interest among Stitch members. Stitch member Sandy Lipkowitz organizes group travel to places like Mexico, the Danube River, and possibly Cuba in 2016.
There are two levels of Stitch membership: guest and premium. Guest Stitch memberships are free and affords members with basic features including browsing Stitch profiles (up to 3 a day), attending Stitch events and activities, joining Stitch travel experiences. Premium Stitch memberships, which cost $60 a year, includes basic features as well as boosted profile position, greater control over search distance, view “maybe later” profiles, view unlimited profiles in Stitch activities and travel.
Other main attractions for Stitch members are the identity verification check, a one-time $10 fee, which prevents scammers and con-artists from abusing the site or contacting members; and the approach they take to getting member input to plan activities and expand the Stitch community.
“Stitch is very much a community that our members are joining and making their own,” said Andrew Dowling, CEO and Co-Founder, Stitch. “Ninety-nine percent of the Stitch activities are member-driven, and we’re seeing about an average of over 100 activities and events a month globally. The sense of community the Stitch members are creating is quite strong and is rather rare relative to most other sites, and unheard of for a dating site.”
Hello Los Angeles!
Los Angeles is one of the most popular cities for Stitch. Currently at more than 1,000 Stitch members in the Los Angeles area, Stitch has a personal connection for Rogo. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Rogo found her affinity to working with seniors in her childhood, playing cards with her grandparents and their friends, and later at the Belmont Independant living in Westwood.
“Being from LA, I know firsthand how difficult it is to meet people. Even moving back after college, I had no idea where to even begin. The city is so widespread, so fragmented, that you’ll literally drive by 100 compatible companions every day, and never know. That’s why it’s so important for me to bring Stitch home,” said Rogo. “We came up here to San Francisco to launch and fundraise, but now it’s time to bring Stitch to my loved ones, friends, and the millions of Los Angelenos looking for companionship. But don’t worry, we won’t have any 5pm events near the 405!”
“I’ve been divorced for 5 years, am physically active, stay healthy, and still work. I finally have time, now that my children are grown, to meet someone. I was really disappointed when I signed up to Match and all of my messages were from scammers or creeps. I was one of the first to sign up for Stitch! I’ve been waiting for it to come to Los Angeles so that I no longer have to waste my time on fake profiles and can focus on honest, active people like myself.” — Wendy T, Beverlywood
Stitch is the leading community that creates companionship and romance strictly for adults 50 and better. As seniors reach their golden years, many of them become single and experience a significant amount of loneliness. Stitch brings members together through organized group activities that includes travel, entertainment, and dining. All members are verified to be 50 and older to ensure a safe community. Founded in 2014, Stitch is headquartered in both San Francisco and in Sydney and lead by Co-Founders Andrew Dowling and Marcie Rogo. For more information on Stitch, visit http://www.stitch.net, or call 415–800–2918.
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