Welcome to the Monthly Connect!
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: Meet Adam Hoffman 
Adam Hoffman 
Rockville resident Adam Hoffman holds a degree from Montgomery College and is employed at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He is also on the autism spectrum. Learn more here
New Main Street Professional Network 
Many thanks to the 70+ professionals who joined us on January 22 for Main Street's first professional breakfast and the launch of our new professional membership program. Individual professionals and organizations may now join Main Street's membership and receive these benefits:
  • Opportunity to highlight your programs in our e-news
  • Your organization's name with a link will be added to our website (Click here to see our current professional members)
  • Quarterly events with other professionals and/or members to connect and collaborate
  • Discount on events
  • Use of Main Street space when the building is complete in 2020
  • Option to provide programming at the Main Street building when complete
  • Chance to be a part of something EXTRAORDINARY - a movement that will transform lives!
Professional Breakfast
For more information about professional membership, please visit our website. Pictures from the professional breakfast are available in the Main Street event gallery
Join Main Street's New Yoga and Mindfulness Class 
When:  Sunday early afternoons (time TBD) beginning in late February or early March
Where:  Beth El Congregation, 8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD
Who:  The class is designed for teens and young adults with and without disabilities. Main Street members receive priority for registration, but others may attend if space is available. 
Cost:  $111.00 for a 6-week class 
Duration:  Each class will be 45 minutes
If interested, please complete this form ASAP to reserve a spot. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis with a minimum of 4 and maximum of 10 attendees. More information is available on the Main Street events webpage. Questions? Email info@mainstreetconnect.org.
Yoga mats
Upcoming Main Street Events 
Member Happy Hour
Friday, February 9, 6 - 8 PM
120 Quincy St., Chevy Chase, MD
Main Street members are invited to a fun and informal gathering at the home of members Karen and Jim Huizinga. Non-alcoholic options will be available and those under 21 are welcome. RSVP here.
Main Street Member Picnic and Hike
Sunday, May 6, 12 - 2 PM
Cabin John Regional Park, Picnic Shelter J, Bethesda, MD
Main Street Fundraising and Friendraising Luncheon 
Wednesday, May 16
Please save these dates and watch the Main Street events webpage for more details. 
A Convening on Sex Education and Healthy Relationships for Youth with Disabilities 
Wednesday, February 21, 9 AM - 1 PM
Edlavitch DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW, Washington, DC
This program is open to stakeholders, community members, self-advocates, family members, educators and anyone ready to be “change agents". Main Street Co-Founder Jillian Copeland will be among a dynamic group of speakers who will address these topics: 
  • Sexual health/physical health and sex education
  • Online safety
  • Healthy body image
  • Social and dating relationships
  • Family engagement
  • Workplace safety
The event is sponsored by the DC Association for Special Education (DCASE), the Edlavitch DC JCC and SchoolTalk. Register here.  
Resource Spotlight: Cornerstone Montgomery 
Cornerstone Montgomery
Cornerstone Montgomery is the largest and most comprehensive provider of behavioral health services in Montgomery County. Each year, Cornerstone serves more than 2,400 adults and youth (ages 16 and older) living with mental health and substance use disorders through a residential program and three outpatient clinics. A staff of 300 and more than 150 unpaid volunteers and interns work hard to ensure a positive impact in the community, implementing nationally accredited and evidence-based practices.The program offers hope for people who have been told that they will never live on their own or never hold a job simply because they have a mental health diagnosis. Cornerstone's employment programs help more than 70% of their participants find and obtain employment, keeping jobs for over 3 years on average and collectively bringing in more than $4 million dollars in taxable income back into our county. Recovery looks different for everyone – it doesn’t mean that a person is cured; it means that they have a fulfilling life of their choosing even with the mental health or substance use disorder. To learn more about Cornerstone Montgomery, please visit www.CornerstoneMontgomery.org.
Housing Innovation: First Place-Phoenix 
First Place Founder Denise Resnik (Photo Credit: Stephen G. Dreiseszun, Viewpoint Photographers)

Main Street was one of many housing concepts highlighted at the San Francisco Autism Society's Visionaries Conference, which was held on December 2 in Stanford, CA. One of the most innovative and comprehensive models presented at the conference was First Place-Phoenix, which is set to open in Phoenix, AZ, in the summer of 2018. The 55-unit apartment complex will provide a suite of services and amenities to its neuro-diverse residents aimed at maximizing independence, community connections and quality of life. At Main Street, we are thrilled to learn from and spread information about cutting-edge projects like First Place. Learn more here
Community Events 
Maryland ABLE Pop-Up Enrollment Event
Thursday, February 15, 4 - 7 PM
Rockville Memorial Library
21 Maryland Ave., 2nd Floor Meeting Room, Rockville, MD
Register here
Parent Workshop on Montgomery College Programs
Wednesday, March 7, 7 PM
The Katherine Thomas School 
9975 Medical Center Drive, Rockville, MD 
Learn about how Montgomery College helps students with disabilities with their initial college experiences through participation in the Graduate Transition Program, specialized driver education classes and much more. Population: High school. RSVP required: ktsworkshops@ttlc.org.
UCR "Practice Life" Program
Sundays, March 11, June 10, Sept. 9 & Dec. 9, 11 AM - 3 PM
Madison Fields, 21355 Big Woods Road, Dickerson, MD
The Practice Life program is designed to help adults with disabilities build skills needed to live independently. Learn more here
Road to Independence Resource Fair
Sunday, March 18, 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 and opportunities from over 35 local organizations including Main Street! Click here for details and to register for specialized workshops.  
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