Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
November 2018
Main Street's e-newsletter brings project updates, events, community 
resources and more to your inbox the first Friday of every month. 
Thank you for being a part of the Main Street community!

Main Street Breaks Ground!
Main Street GroundbreakingOctober 19 was a historic day for Main Street as we broke ground on our building site at 50 Monroe Place in Rockville. Many thanks to the 300 people who joined us for a joyful and inspirational ceremony. Speakers included Jillian and Scott Copeland, U.S. Congressman Jamie Raskin, Maryland Secretary of Disabilities Carol Beatty, Main Street GroundbreakingMaryland Secretary of Housing Kenneth Holt and Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett.
We were also joined by Maryland Senator Cheryl Kagan, Maryland Delegate Marc Korman, Maryland DDA Director Bernie Simons, Joan Kleinman of Senator Chris Van Hollen's office, Montgomery County Councilmembers Marc Elrich, Nancy Floreen, 
Sidney Katz, George Leventhal, Craig Rice and Hans Riemer, Rockville Mayor Bridget Donnell Newton and Rockville City Councilmembers Julie Palakovich Carr, Virginia Onley and Mark Pierzchala. We truly appreciate everyone who took time to join the celebration - and all who have supported Main Street to make the groundbreaking possible!
At the event, attendees made signs with words describing what Main Street means to them. It was powerful to look among the crowd and see signs that read hope, empowerment, heart, home, friends, belonging, opportunity, acceptance, optimism, possibilities and no more basements!  
Main Street Groundbreaking
For more highlights of this auspicious day, please take a look at the following: 
With the groundbreaking ceremony complete, Main Street is on course to open doors in the first half of 2020. We can't wait for the ribbon cutting! 

Upcoming Main Street Events  
INTELLIGENT LIVES Film Screening and Panel with Filmmaker Dan Habib
Thursday, November 8
7 - 9 PM (Doors open at 6 PM)
Bullis School - Boarman Discovery Center
10601 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD
Every parent of a child with special needs, every teacher, every employer, every community member, every family should see this film! All are welcome and encouraged to attend!
INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.
This film has been described as “an enormously powerful and deeply important documentary that genuinely has something to say. Seek it out immediately.” Read more about what people are saying about this film.
On Thursday, November 8th, Main Street is hosting a screening plus a panel discussion including the filmmaker, Dan Habib, self-advocate Micah Fialka-Feldman and local disability advocates Jill Ortman-Fouse and Sara Portman Milner.
Tickets are $25 - this supports Main Street, and you also get dinner from Zoe’s, desserts from Sunflower Bakery and a special Main Street gift. Group rates and financial aid are available. Contact info@mainstreetconnect.org.
Learn more hereYou will not regret attending this community event!
Main Street Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
Main Street volunteersFriday, November 30
11:30 - 1 PM
Woodmont Country Club
1201 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD
Main Street is so grateful for all the wonderful volunteers without whom this project could not happen. Please join us for lunch on Friday, November 30, so we can show our appreciation. If you have stuffed envelopes, sorted name tags, helped set up an event, assisted with publicity, taken photos or made any other contribution of time to Main Street, please come. All contributions of time are tremendously valuable to our movement and we want to thank YOU!
Visit the Main Street events webpage for information about all upcoming events. 

Main Street October Professional Event: Social Media 101 
Social Media 101
Many thanks to the 20 Main Street professional members who joined us on October 12 to network and learn about using Twitter to promote their work. And special appreciation to public relations guru Alissa Neil and her colleagues for providing a fun and informative presentation! 
Main Street currently has more than 80 professional members. To learn more about the benefits of professional member and how to join, see our website.
See photos from the professional event and other Main Street events in the Main Street past events gallery.  

Main Street FAQs 

Since our groundbreaking, we have been receiving many inquiries and want to provide answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.
Rendering of Main Street BuildingWhen will Main Street open? 
The building will open in the first half of 2020.
Where will Main Street be located?
Main Street will be located at 50 Monroe Place in Rockville, Maryland - 500 feet from the Rockville Metro station and bus transportation and near all the amenities of Rockville Town Center including restaurants, shops, a theater, a library, free events in Rockville Town Square and more. 
How many apartments will Main Street have?
Main Street will have 70 apartments including 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units; 18 of the apartments will be designed and designated for adults with disabilities, which means they will include additional accessibility and safety features.
Will units at Main Street be for sale or for rent?
All the units at Main Street will be rentals.
What will the community center at Main Street include?
The 10,000 square foot ground floor of the Main Street building will be a community center with a wellness center, teaching kitchen, multimedia room, cyber lounge and classroom. In this space, Main Street will offer a wide range of educational, recreational and therapeutic activities for residents and non-residents who join as members. There will also be a coffee shop, open to the public, that will employ people with and without disabilities.
Rendering of Poppy Boy's Kitchen and Multimedia Room
What kind of supports will be available for residents?
Main Street will not be an approved service provider through the State of Maryland. We will have Community Inclusion Coordinators on staff who may be hired to assist residents with daily tasks on a fee-for-service basis. Assistance may include ensuring that a resident gets up for work on time, providing medication reminders, encouraging participation in community activities, etc. Residents needing additional services or health care may bring their supports with them to Main Street. 
How do I apply to live at Main Street?
We have not yet determined the specific criteria that residents will need to meet or started accepting applications. We do expect that there will be high demand for the apartments. Those who are not able to live at Main Street may participate in the dynamic programming at Main Street by being a member.  
How can I stay updated on the progress of Main Street?
The best way to stay updated on Main Street is to become a member. Members receive all of our communications and are invited to regular member events such as baseball games, bowling, picnics, pool parties, yoga classes, educational workshops and professional networking events. Information about membership is available here.  We are able to waive the membership fee in cases of financial need. To get the latest Main Street news, you may also want to follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Where can I get information about other housing options for adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities?
Autism Housing NetworkThe Autism Housing Network, which is a project of the Madison House Autism Foundation, has a wealth of information on their website including a map of housing communities around the U.S. and a virtual tour of housing options. While some of the communities listed are limited to those with autism, many (including Main Street) are not. 

Community Programs and Events 
Sensory-Friendly Concert with INVOKE
at University of Maryland
Tuesday, November 13, 7 PM
University of Maryland
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

8270 Alumni Dr, College Park, MD
Photo by Nathan Russell

This unique performance experience is designed for people with cognitive disabilities of all ages. INVOKE is a string quartet that plays music of many forms. Tickets are free but required. Get details here.
Special Needs Housing Workshop
Thursday, November 15, 7 - 9 PM
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA
Special Needs Housing WorkshopThis workshop will feature residential ideas and supports for individuals with special needs, specific housing models (including Main Street!) and guidance on structuring housing in your legal instruments. The event will also include a housing-focused resource fair. The workshop is sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia and the Washington Group Special Care Planning Team. It is free and open to all. RSVP to Carey at calford@financialguide.com or (703)865-6502.
Yoga, Bowling and More with CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute
CORE Foundations Programming
CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute offers social, wellness and educational programs for transitioning youth and adults with disabilities. Free yoga classes are offered twice a month and $30 bowling once a month. Get details on these and other programs here