Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
February 2019
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!

Member Spotlight 
Jeni Stepanek
Mattie and Jeni StepanekEighteen years ago, Jeni's son, Mattie, reached across an ICU bed space to connect with a little boy named Nicol Copeland. Though Mattie has passed away, the family friendship he started that day - and the hope and peace that he inspired - remain strong. Read Jeni's incredible story here.

Main Street Receives F. Michael Taff Award from City of Rockville 
F. Michael Taff Award presentation
The City of Rockville's Human Rights Commission selected Main Street to receive the F. Michael Taff Award in recognition of exemplary efforts to attain the full inclusion of persons with disabilities in Rockville. Rockville Mayor Bridget Newton presented the award on January 21 at Rockville’s 47th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. At the celebration, State Senator Cheryl Kagan also gave a citation to Main Street. Main Street staff member Julie Ryan-Silva and member Adam Hoffman accepted these honors on behalf of Jillian and Scott Copeland and the entire Main Street community. Special thanks to Marji Graf, President and CEO of Rockville's Chamber of Commerce, for nominating Main Street for the Taff award. 

Construction is Underway! 

Main Street construction
Sheeting, shoring and digging is happening! Even in these frigid temperatures, construction of the Main Street building is well underway at 50 Monroe Place. We are grateful to the construction team for braving the cold to make Main Street a reality. The building is on course to open in the first half of 2020.
Main Street construction

Main Street Members Give Back 
on MLK Day of Service
Main Street member at MLK Day of ServiceOn January 21, Main Street members volunteered at Montgomery County's main service event for Martin Luther King Jr. Day held at the Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center. The strong spirit of volunteerism in Montgomery County was evident by the size of the crowd! Participants packed food boxes for seniors, crocheted blankets for those in need, assembled personal care kits for those at local shelters and much more. Thanks to all who joined and particularly to Main Street members Howard Hoffman and John Bogasky for helping to organize this event! 

To see more photos from this and other Main Street events, please visit Main Street's Past Events Gallery.

Events for Main Street Members  
Coffee, Doughnuts and CommYOUnity
Coffee and DoughnutsSaturday, Feb. 9
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Huizinga Home
120 Quincy St
Chevy Chase, MD
Join our warm and wonderful community as we share a cup of coffee and some sweets at the home of Main Street members Karen and Jim Huizinga. RSVP HERE
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. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Game Day with Adaptivities
Sunday, March 10, from 3 - 5 pm
Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD
Come discover "a new way to play" with adaptive board games and card games designed to increase opportunities for fun, engagement and reciprocal interaction with peers. Refreshments and prizes provided. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Good Deeds DayGood Deeds Day
Sunday, April 7
Time and location TBD
Main Street is partnering with the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington to participate in the annual Sara and Samuel J. Lessans Good Deeds Day on Sunday, April 7. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe give back to their communities on Good Deeds Day each year. Main Street is planning our own project involving clean up and maintenance of a local hiking trail. Save the date and watch our website for details! 
Visit the Main Street events webpage for information about all upcoming Main Street events. 

We Want Your Activity Ideas! 
Your Voice Matters
What are your favorite activities? What would you like to see on Main Street's event calendar? We welcome the input of the Main Street community as we plan future events. Share your preferences and ideas by completing this brief survey. Thank you! 

Professional Member Spotlight 
Center for Communication
and Learning, LLC
The Center for Communication and Learning (CCL) is an established speech-language private practice located in Rockville, MD. CCL offers a wide range of services that enable children to reach their full potential and become successful communicators at home, in school and in the community. CCL provides services to children exhibiting communication and learning challenges including but not limited to Autism, ADHD, Social Communication Challenges, Executive Function Disorder, Articulation, Receptive and Expressive Language Delays and Auditory Processing Disorder.
CCL kids
CCL's Be Social Kids program focuses on helping children navigate their social world by providing concepts and strategies that allow them to understand social expectations, to explore thoughts and feelings and to learn how to form connections with their peers. In addition, CCL's Be Social Kids Workshops 
provide families with a toolbox for assisting their children to improve their social relationships.
CCL also develops partnerships with providers in the community. In its 12th year, the B Social Summer program in collaboration with Fitness For Health offers a unique therapeutic experience for children and adolescents integrating social thinking concepts and motor development. In partnership with Alliance Pediatrics, CCL offers PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) to middle and high school students who would benefit from didactic social skills training.
CCLIn addition, CCL's annual Innovators In Education Conference brings world-renowned speakers to share their expertise with professionals and families. 
Learn more about CCL at www.ccl-md.com or email info@ccl-md.com.

CCL is a Main Street professional member. For details about professional membership and its benefits, see our webpage

In the News 
Training Police to Work Effectively with People with Disabilities
Matter of Fact Story Featuring Jake Edwards
Those who attended Main Street's extraordinary luncheon last May will remember our honoree, Montgomery County Police Officer Laurie Reyes, and her teenage training partner, Jake Edwards, who has autism. Jake and Laurie's unique partnership and lifesaving work were recently featured on the program “Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien”. Watch their story here

Community News 
Ivymount Spring 2019 CatalogIvymount Outreach Spring Programs
February/March to June
Ivymount School and Programs
11614 Seven Locks Rd
Rockville, MD
Registration is now open for
Ivymount Outreach spring offerings. Click here to see a catalog of their educational, recreational and therapeutic programs and services.  
Project SEARCHProject SEARCH Information Session
Wednesday, February 20, 7 - 8 pm
8905 Fairview Rd
Silver Spring, MD
Parents, professionals and students are invited to an info session about Project SEARCH, a unique one-year, school-to-work program that helps young adults with disabilities make successful transitions from school to a productive adult life. Learn more here
2019 Disability Summit:
Planning Long Term with Love
Saturday, April 6, 9 am - 3:30 pm
Hilton Rockville Executive Meeting Center
1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD
This free networking and educational event aims to help families preserve a bright financial future for their loved ones with disabilities. Topics will include estate and financial planning, special needs trusts, guardianship and other decision-making options, insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, Social Security and more. Main Street Founder Jillian Copeland will be a featured speaker! This event is sponsored by Shared Horizons, Michael Orleans of NFP and the Landsman Law Group. For more information, email events@shared-horizons.org or call (202)448-1460.
Accessible Trips to Israel
Two trips to Israel are being planned for the summer of 2019 for Jewish individuals with disabilities ages 18-32:
  • Friendship Circle: Scheduled for June 17- June 27, this trip is designed for people with cognitive special needs, but also includes neuro-typical participants.
  • No Limits: Scheduled for July 7- 17, this is a fully accessible program for people who use wheelchairs or for participants who have other mobility needs that prevent them from joining a classic program. 
For more info, contact Rica Eisen at Rica@routestravel.com