Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
March 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!

Nicholas Jennings-CorralesMember Spotlight 
Nicholas Jennings-Corrales
Main Street member Nicholas Jennings-Corrales shares his love of cooking on his own YouTube show, The Cheesy Chef. Learn about Nick and his journey here

Main Street in The Washington Post 

Main Street was featured on the front page of the Metro section of The Washington Post on February 13! Read the article here.
Main Street in The Washington Post
Since the article was published, we have received many inquiries and have added a Frequently Asked Questions
section to our website. Check out our FAQs and share with those who may be interested!
Visit the News section of our website to see more articles written about Main Street. 

Meeting to Explore Main Street Options for Northern Virginia 
Sunday, March 17, 5 - 6:30 pm
Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia
8900 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax, VA
Parents and Virginia residents Paula and Joe Manion are leading an effort to create a community like Main Street in Northern Virginia. On March 17, a meeting will be held at the JCC of Northern Virginia to discuss the Main Street model and to explore options for Northern Virginia. Please spread the word to friends and colleagues in Virginia who may want to join the meeting and support this effort! RSVP for the meeting here.
Following the meeting, participants are invited to stay for a screening of the film Shoelaces shown as part of the ReelAbilities Film Festival. The festival promotes awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with different abilities. Purchase a film ticket before noon on March 17 with the code "MainStreet" to receive a discount. 
Questions? Email MSNOVArsvp@gmail.com

February Event Wrap Up 
Doughnuts, Coffee and CommYOUnity
Main Street members
Many thanks to Main Street members Karen and Jim Huizinga for hosting a coffee at their home on February 9. We enjoyed delicious doughnuts and were happy to welcome several new members to their first Main Street event!  

Cooking Skills Presentation
Cooking demonstration
On February 24, over 30 Main Street members attended our event on supporting people with disabilities to develop authentic cooking skills. The presentation was given by Janice Goldschmidt, Director of Nutrition Services at Community Support Services. Janice offered these resources to those wanting to learn about this important topic: 
The Main Street building will have a teaching kitchen and we look forward to offering many cooking opportunities to our residents and members! 

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

Events for Main Street Members  
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 Day Project:
Hiking Trail Maintenance and Pizza Lunch
Good Deeds DaySunday, April 7
11 am
Scotland Neighborhood Park
7700 Scotland Dr
Potomac, MD
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. Main Street's project will involve putting the finishing touches on a brand new hiking trail in Cabin John Park. We will then head to Gregorio's for a pizza lunch. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Professional Member Event
Tips and Tricks to Get the Most Out of Google's G Suite: Tech Tools and Apps to Promote Independence
Thursday, April 11, from 8:30 - 10 am
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Abraham S. & Minnie Kay Conference Center
6101 Executive Blvd, North Bethesda, MD
Main Street Professional Member Event
Main Street professional members are invited to a networking and learning event led by Joan Green of Innovative Speech Therapy. Joan will discuss Google apps and features that can be used to increase independence for individuals who have communication and cognitive challenges. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Navigating Housing Options for Adults with Disabilities
Tuesday, May 7, from 7 - 9 pm
Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD
Housing PanelMain Street is putting together a panel of parents and professionals to discuss the process of navigating housing options for adults with disabilities. Topics will include Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) and Housing Choice Vouchers. Please 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
Thanks to those who have already completed our activity survey! If you haven't, we would value your input and ideas as we plan future events. Click here to complete the brief survey. Thank you! 

Get to Know to Main Street's New Consultant Tal Widdes 
A warm welcome to Tal Widdes, Main Street's new Special Projects Consultant who will be working on policies for Main Street's community center. Get to know Tal below. 
Tal Widdes and family
As far back as I can remember, from my first job in high school as a summer counselor for campers with special needs to my work with drug addicts, the chronically mentally ill, and seniors with Alzheimer's disease, to my work at the Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA) providing accessible, affordable and high quality services to individuals facing a myriad of life’s challenges, the common thread in my career has always been the desire to help others, doing whatever it takes to serve those in need, whatever the need. Whether in the public, the for-profit or the non-for-profit sectors, as a direct service provider or as a manager, program developer and leader, I strove to make a difference in peoples’ lives, transforming their challenges to possibilities for success and a more dignified existence. 
Even in my retirement, it is this enduring passion that propelled me to join the Main Street team. I see Main Street, its invaluable mission and vision, as an exceptional opportunity to bring needed housing and programming to underserved individuals in our community and I am delighted to be able to extend my life’s work. 
I bring over forty years of operational, programmatic and business experience to this worthwhile endeavor. Most recently, I served as the Chief Operating Officer at JSSA for fourteen years where I was responsible for daily operations, service delivery, marketing and program development. Prior, I held leadership positions of increasing responsibility in the private sector in the fields of senior living and housing, long-term care and healthcare.
My personal passion is our multigenerational family. I live in Potomac, MD, with my lawyer husband. We raised three wonderful children - a  daughter who works for a global cybersecurity company in Atlanta and twin sons who live in this area with their families. One son works with individuals with special needs for MCPS, the other is a full-time student, having recently completed his 7-year military commitment. Our three lively granddaughters keep us young and I aspire to be like my mother, who lives nearby, when I am 86 - vibrant, energetic and engaged.
Tal can be contacted at talw@mainstreetconnect.org

Professional Member Spotlight 
Ivymount's School to Work Post High School Program
Founded in 1961, Ivymount has spent more than 55 years developing inno­vative programs and comprehensive support services to meet the complex learning, therapeutic and behavioral challenges of students with disabilities whose needs cannot be met in public school systems. In 2013, the Ivymount Corporation was established as the non-profit parent company of the various Ivymount-supported organizations including Ivymount School, Maddux School and Ivymount Outreach Programs, Inc. Ivymount currently serves over 200 students ages 4-21. 
Ivymount’s School to Work Post High School Program provides students ages 18-22 with a robust applied course of study toward a certificate of completion. Students are able to focus on critical skills Ivymount Post High School Programneeded to become successful adults meaningfully integrated into their communities. Students receive instruction in money and time management, cooking, hygiene, communication and vocational skills. This video of the cooking class captures the multidisciplinary nature of the curriculum. Each student also participates in a school business, for which they create, package and sell products. These businesses are part of the Ivymount Marketplace where products, including dog biscuits, room sprays and soap, are sold to the public. 
Ivymount student at job siteA hallmark of the School to Work Program is community-based instruction. Students spend 50-90% of their week participating in the community including working at a variety of job sites. Vocational experiences include data entry, child care, food prep, retail/customer service, landscape maintenance and animal care. This video highlights the success of the jobsite program.  
Each student in Ivymount's Post High School Program has a highly individualized education plan. However, all the students share the same goal: to learn to become active, contributing members of their communities by identifying and advocating for the activities they enjoy, the skills at which they excel and the accommodations they need to be successful. To learn more, visit Ivymount's website

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

Survey about Public Transport in the City of Rockville 
Bus stopThe City of Rockville is conducting research on needs and gaps in its public transit system. We invite those who live or work in Rockville to complete this short survey focused on bus transportation. We want the voices of people with disabilities and their families to be represented! 

Community News 
Hangout Hive Open House
Tuesday, March 5Hangout Hive, 6:30 - 8 pm
Hangout Hive, a social group for independent adults ages 18+ with learning disabilities, is hosting an open house for prospective members. For details, contact Noah at HHPresident@mail.com  
What is Sexual Health?
Wednesday, March 27, 5 - 7 pm
Kennedy Krieger School: Montgomery County Campus
13313 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD
This workshop is designed to help participants learn how to have healthy relationships, make informed choices and know their rights and the meaning of sexual self-advocacy. Co-presented by CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute, MCDD and Upcounty Community Resources. $5 fee. Register here

Road to Independence Resource Fair
Resource Fair logoSunday, March 31, 1 - 3:30 pm 
The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
Abraham S. & Minnie Kay Conference Center
6101 Executive Blvd, North Bethesda, MD
Learn about social, recreational, vocational, employment, housing and financial resources from over 35 local organizations, including Main Street! This event is free and open to adults and high school students ages 14 and up. 

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. Register here
Diamonds in the Rough Conference
Diamonds in the Rough Conference
April 12 - 13, 2019
Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus
9601 Medical Center Dr, Rockville MD
This annual conference brings parents, advocates and professionals together with the goal of empowering children and ultimately launching them to become independent adults.This year's theme is "Parenting Children with Special Needs: Preparing to Launch at Every Age". Main Street member John Bogasky will represent Main Street on a panel about Employment and Independent Living. Presented by Weinfeld Education Group. Register here.

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