Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
April 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!

Justin SalzbergMember Spotlight 
Justin Salzberg
Justin Salzberg is about to graduate from Ivymount and the Thomas Edison School of Technology, and he recently got his first taste of independent living. Learn more here


Main Street in the News 
FOX 5 DC News
FOX 5 DC News aired a story about Main Street on March 20! 
The Kojo Nnamdi Show
On April 1, Main Street Founder Jillian Copeland and member John Bogasky were guests on The Kojo Nnamdi Show on NPR station WAMU 88.5. The program focused on "Navigating the 'Services Cliff': What Happens When Adults With Special Needs Turn 21". LISTEN HERE
At the end of the program, the guests were asked what advice they have for families of those with special needs. Jillian got the last words:
I would say have hope.... I think that we are in a shift right now, and this is our time, new housing options, new employment opportunities. And just be hopeful and be your best advocate. Get out there.
And that is what Main Street is all about - getting out there and working together to create new opportunities and provide hope. Thank you to all of our members, volunteers, donors and friends for being a part of this important mission!
Visit the News section of our website to see more new stories about Main Street.  

Calling All Artists... 
Logo Contest for our Flapjacks & Friends Event - with a $200 Prize!
On September 28 from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Main Street will host Flapjacks & Friends, a community building and fundraising event, in Rockville Town Center. All senses will be explored starting with the delicious taste of flapjacks! Local students and adults will provide entertainment throughout the morning. All will be welcome and all will be included!Pancakes
We need a fabulous logo to help us promote this fabulous event, so we are holding a logo contest. The lucky winner will receive a $200 Visa gift card! 
Guidelines for logo contest:
  • Submissions are due on Friday, April 19, at 5 pm
  • Anyone may enter - you don't need to be a Main Street member
  • Enter as many logos as you like
  • Submit your logo as a jpg no larger than 650 x 650 pixels
  • Include your name, age, address and phone number
  • Submit to info@mainstreetconnect.org
  • Main Street will retain all rights for use of the logo
Please spread the word to your artistic friends! Questions? Contact us at info@mainstreetconnect.org.

March Adaptivities Games Event 
Game Day with Adaptivities
Thirty Main Street members joined in the fun on March 10 for Adaptivities Game Day. Adaptivities offers "a new way to play" with adaptive board games and card games designed to increase enjoyment, engagement and reciprocal interaction with peers.
At the end, one member suggested we offer the same event several times per month! While we can't do that yet, we look forward to all the programming we can offer when the Main Street building and community center open in mid-2020.
To see more photos from this event and other Main Street events, please visit Main Street's Past Events Gallery.

Events for Main Street Members  
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. Main Street members will put the finishing touches on a new hiking trail and then head to Gregorio's for a pizza lunch. This event is now full. If you have already submitted your RSVP for this event, thank you and please be sure to review all the details before attending.
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
Panel Discussion
Navigating Housing Options for Adults with Disabilities
Housing PanelTuesday, May 7, 7 - 9 pm
Bender JCC
6125 Montrose Rd
Rockville, MD
Hear from a panel of parents and professionals about the process of applying for Moderately Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) and Housing Choice Vouchers. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Washington Nationals Baseball Game
Sunday, June 23, 1:35 pm
Washington Nationals logo
Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St SE
Washington, DC
Main Street has requested tickets for the Washington Nationals vs. the Atlanta Braves game on Sunday, June 23, at 1:35 pm. Save the date and check back for details. Once our tickets are confirmed, we’ll collect RSVPs here.
Visit our Events webpage for information about all upcoming Main Street events. 

Pampered Chef Online Fundraiser 
for Main Street
Jennifer Zaranis, a parent and an Independent Consultant with Pampered Chef, has kindly offered to donate all profits to Main Street for online purchases made between April 12-17. (Note: Orders may be placed before April 12, but will not be processed until the fundraiser ends on April 17.) Click here to shop the Pampered Chef catalog of helpful kitchen tools. Many thanks to Jennifer - and to those who support Main Street by making a purchase! 
Pampered Chef products

Professional Member Spotlight 
Donté's Boxing Gym
In 2011, Donté Brown started Donte’s Boxing Gym to help people become their best selves through boxing fitness options. With multiple opportunities to choose from, Donte’s Boxing Gym is not just an outstanding fitness option, but is also a community hub. In addition to adult classes, the gym offers a wide range of youth classes including Beginner Youth Boxing, All Girls Beginner Boxing, Youth Boxing for Confidence and even Tiny Tots boxing (for ages 4-6). 
Donte training Montgomery County Fire & Rescue
In addition to working with the general public, Donté trains private groups and organizations such as the new recruits for  Montgomery County Fire & Rescue (to get in better shape), nonprofit organizations like the Street Outreach Network, people with disabilities, athletes for cross training and MORE!
There are so many success stories from people training at Donte’s Boxing Gym (check the Yelp reviews) - everything from students losing over 100 lbs. within a year, Donte's Boxing Gymto youth lowering their depression and anxiety levels and even Iraq War veterans improving their PTSD. And there are so many benefits to coming to Donte’s Boxing Gym - from the people you meet, the health benefits, stress reduction and the overall growth mindset experience. Anyone looking to tone up, improve their fitness routine or for a fun activity for youth should check out Donte’s Boxing Gym.

Learn more at www.DontesBoxingGym.com
Donte's Boxing Gym is a Main Street professional member. Click here for details about professional membership and its benefits.

Construction Gallery 
Construction of the Main Street building is well underway at 50 Monroe Place in Rockville, and we are on schedule to open doors in mid-2020. Check out the new Construction Gallery on our website to watch our progress! 
Main Street construction site

Inclusive Housing Project Launched in Northern Virginia 

City Center NOVA presentation
On March 17, about 200 people gathered at the JCC of Northern Virginia to kick off an effort to create a community like Main Street in Northern Virginia. At the meeting, Jillian and Scott Copeland shared information about the Main Street concept and parents Paula and Joe Manion discussed their vision for creating a similar community in Northern Virginia where their adult son and many others can live and thrive. The Northern Virginia community will be called City Center NOVA. 
The project's new Steering Committee is seeking volunteers in a number of areas. To learn more and get involved, complete this contact form or e-mail info@citycenternova.org. 

Main Street Webinar 
The Development of Main Street: Ideas for Those Who Want to Start an Inclusive Housing Community
Main Street webinar

Wednesday, May 1
10:30 - 11:30 am
We have been receiving many inquiries from people around the country who want to create residential developments like Main Street. To lend support to these efforts, Jillian and Scott Copeland will host a webinar on May 1. Participants will hear from the Copelands about the steps taken to create Main Street and ideas for replication in other areas. Please spread the word to those who may be interested!  REGISTER HERE

Community News 
MCPS Transition Workshop: College Night
Tuesday, April 9, from 6:30 - 9 pm
Gaithersburg High School
101 Education Blvd, Gaithersburg, MD
This event is for families of students with IEPs ages 14-21. Sponsored by the Transition Services Unit of Montgomery County Public Schools. Questions? Call (301)649-8008. 
Book Party for Autism Uncensored: Autism UncensoredPulling Back the Curtain
Thursday, April 11, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Busboys and Poets @ Takoma
235 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC
Join local author Whitney Ellenby and Congressman Jamie Raskin for a book party for Autism Uncensored: Pulling Back the Curtain (2018). Brief reading, followed by unguarded Q&A, free drinks and food aplenty! RSVP to wellenby@gmail.com.
Diamonds in the Rough Conference
Diamonds in the Rough Conference
April 12 - 13
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. Main Street member John Bogasky will represent Main Street on a panel about employment and independent living. Presented by Weinfeld Education Group. Register here.
World of Possibilities Expo
World of Possibilities ExpoSaturday, April 13
11 am - 3 pm
Hilton Gaithersburg
620 Perry Pkwy
Gaithersburg, MD
Presented by Caring Communities, this expo provides an opportunity to explore disability-related products, services, technology and resources. Free for attendees. Learn more here
Spring Fling Craft and Vendor Show
to Benefit Best Buddies
Sunday, April 14, from 10 am - 3 pm
The Oak Room, Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department
17921 Brooke Rd, Sandy Spring, MD
This event will include handmade crafts, jewelry, pet items, home decorations and skin care products as well as a food truck, face painter, pet adoption, raffle and free paper shredding (until 1 pm). Learn more here
RocRockville Arts Festivalkville Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday, May 4 - 5
11 am - 5 pm
Rockville Town Square
Rockville, MD
Presented by VisArts, this event is an art lover's dream! Visit and shop from more than 100 fine art vendors. Learn more here.

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