Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
December 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!

What a Year It's Been!
Copeland Family
Dear Cherished Main Street Members,
Just 19 short months ago we asked you to join our inclusive community. And you did!! That makes us smile - and we hope you are smiling too!
Main Street Luncheon Co-ChairsScott and I are overwhelmed by the support of all of you. Your donations, time, energy and participation in Main Street events have been an integral part of our movement and our success.
For us, there were so many highlights this year including our October groundbreaking, joining together as a CommYOUnity at our May luncheon and our super fun August pool party! But the best part of Main Street is YOU - each and every one of you have come together to create this spectacular, hopeful, energetically palpable community.
Groundbreaking SignsWe have enjoyed getting to know you this past year; whether at a Big Train Game, a fundraiser, a meet up or movie, we thank you for giving, for joining and for participating. We are humbled and honored by the support and love and feel so blessed to be a part of the Main Street mission and community.
We wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to a beautiful and productive 2019.
With Love and Gratitude,
Scott and Jillian Copeland 

An Inspirational Night with Dan Habib and INTELLIGENT LIVES 
Intelligent Lives Film Screening
Over 200 people attended Main Street's screening of Dan Habib's new film INTELLIGENT LIVES on November 8. The film follows the lives of three young adults with intellectual disabilities as they navigate school, the workforce, independent living and social relationships. Following the film, special education parent advocate Molly Whalen moderated a lively panel discussion with Dan Habib, Kevin Lowndes, Associate Superintendent in the Office of Special Education of Montgomery County Public Schools, and Sara Portman Milner of Sunflower Bakery. Dan HabibMany thanks to Dan and our panelists, to Molly and the hardworking committee that helped her organize this event, to Robin Allen for taking great photos, to Bullis School for hosting, to the many volunteers who helped on the night of the event and to all who attended! 
For those who could not make it, information and future screenings are listed on the INTELLIGENT LIVES website. The website also offers a wealth of resources including four, free short films by Dan Habib that focus on successful postsecondary transition practices. 
See more photos from the film screening and other Main Street events in the Main Street past events gallery.  

Fall 2018 Yoga Wrap Up  
Main Street offered an 8-week yoga session this fall with instructors from INA Wellness. The session focused on realizing and developing “super powers". Participants developed positive Main Street Yoga - Fall 2018affirmations and movements for grounding to support longer holds of poses like cobra, warrior 2 and tree, which require great core strength and balance. The group even tested their ability to fly, lying on bellies and lifting the arms and legs to fly like Superman and then Iron Man. (If you don’t know the difference in how they fly, ask one of our students!)
Special thanks to Main Street member Howard Hoffman for helping to organize the class and to instructors Lisa Danahy, founder of Create Calm, and her colleagues Mary Lynn, Eunice, Sij, Samar and Emily.
Our next yoga session will start in February. Watch our events webpage for details. 

Giving Thanks for Main Street's Wonderful Volunteers 
Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
Twenty-five of Main Street's awesome volunteers joined us on November 30 for our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch. The lunch provided an opportunity to express our heartfelt gratitude to those who have shared time and talent with Main Street. This project couldn't happen without the energy, creativity and commitment of so many.  
Main Street keeps a list of those interested in volunteering and reaches out when we need help. Help is welcome for large and small tasks. If you would like to be added to the volunteer list, email us at info@mainstreetconnect.org.
See more photos from the luncheon and other Main Street events in the Main Street past events gallery.  

Upcoming Main Street Events  
Community Service Meet Up on MLK Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of ServiceMonday, January 21
1 - 3 PM 
Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center
5701 Marinelli Rd
Rockville, MD 
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Main Street members will meet up at Montgomery County's main service event. Join us for an uplifting day of service and community!  

Winter 2019 Yoga and Mindfulness Class
Sundays in February and March from 1:30 - 2:15 PM
Beth El Congregation, 8215 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda
Main Street Yoga Fall 2018
Take care your body and spirit in 2019! Main Street will offer another Yoga and Mindfulness class in February and March. Once dates are confirmed, registration and details will be available here.  

Coffee, Doughnuts and CommYOUnity
Saturday, February 9, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Huizinga Family Home, 120 Quincy St, Chevy Chase, MD
Coffee and Doughnuts
If you are tired of this cold weather, join our warm and wonderful community as we gather with Main Street members, share a cup of coffee and some sweets at the home of Main Street members Karen and Jim Huizinga.
Supporting Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in Developing Authentic Cooking Skills
Sunday, February 24, from 3 - 5 PM
Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD
Cooking Skills Presentation
In this presentation, Janice Goldschmidt, Director of Nutrition Services for Community Support Services Inc., will introduce Active Engagement, a program designed to promote individualized and authentic cooking skills for individuals with all levels of ability. 
Visit the Main Street events webpage for information about all upcoming events. 

Meet Main Street Staff Member  
Julie Ryan-Silva
In July of 2017, I was thrilled to join Main Street as a staff member! My passion for this work comes from my son, Bobby, who arrived 12 years ago with an extra chromosome, and from his typical sister, Isabel, who has always seen beyond Bobby's disability and treated him just as her little brother. Prior to joining Main Street, I worked in the policy department of the National Down Syndrome Society, and was one of the volunteer planners for the annual Techniques for Success education conference hosted by the Down Syndrome Network of Montgomery County and FRIENDS of Frederick County. 
Julie and Bobby Ryan-SilvaI have solid midwestern roots having grown up in Minnesota and Nebraska and studied at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. I was drawn to the international flavor and opportunities of the DC area by my experiences of living abroad - first as a student in Jerusalem and later working in Cairo where I met my husband, Rob. Before Bobby joined our family, my work focused on support for immigrants and refugees and cross-cultural education and conflict resolution. 
It is a privilege to be a part of the visionary, creative, caring and fun Main Street community. I am immensely grateful to all who are helping to not only build the Main Street building but also to create a culture of inclusivity that welcomes and values people of all abilities. 
I wish you all joyful holidays - and I can't wait to see what the Main Street community will accomplish in the new year! 

Community Events 
MCPS Transition Workshop: Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) Night
DORS logoTuesday, December 11
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Richard Montgomery HS
250 Richard Montgomery Dr Rockville, MD
The Montgomery County Public Schools Transition Services Unit is hosting a meeting about Maryland's Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS). DORS offers programs and services that help people with disabilities find employment. This event is for parents and for students with IEPs ages 14-21. Questions? Call (301)649-8008. 

ArtStream's Super Social Saturday
ArtStream Super Social SaturdaySaturday, December 15 4:30 - 7 PM
District Dance Co.
18012 Mateny Rd
Germantown, MD
ArtStream's Super Social Saturdays combine a dance party with social skills practice. Click here for more information.