Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
June 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!

Ben BerzokMember Spotlight 
Ben Berzok

When asked to describe his future,15-year-old Ben Berzok will tell you that he is going to live on Main Street, he will have lots of friends and he will be happy. Learn more here

Recent Events Wrap Up 

Panel Discussion on Housing Options
We had a full house of 70+ Main Street members at our May 7 panel discussion on "Navigating Housing Options for Adults with Special Needs".
Housing Panel Discussion
Many thanks to the following panelists for sharing expertise regarding applying for Housing Choice Vouchers and Moderately-Priced Dwelling Units (MPDUs) in Montgomery County and the City of Rockville:
  • Susan Smith – Program Coordinator in the Resident Services Division, Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County (Contact: susan.smith@hocmc.org or 240-627-9705)
  • Jessica Anderson – Executive Director, Rockville Housing Enterprises (Questions about RHE may be directed to Nina Mobula at nmobula@rockvillehe.org)
  • Asmara Habte – Chief of Housing, City of Rockville
    (Contact: ahabte@rockvillemd.gov or 240-314-8203)
  • Linda Gerson – Parent 
  • John Bogasky – Parent
If you attended the presentation, we welcome your feedback via our online evaluation. If you missed it but would like a copy of the slide presentation, email us at info@mainstreetconnect.org
Main Street Featured in Innovative Housing Session at Arc MD Convention
Arc Maryland ConventionOn May 17, Main Street staff member Julie Ryan-Silva presented about Main Street at The Arc Maryland Convention in a session on "Innovative and Affordable Housing Models: Promoting Inclusion, Independence and a Better Quality of Life for All Ages". Julie was joined by Mark Dunham who is working on creating Patuxent Commons, a mixed income community to be developed in Howard County, Maryland, for adults with disabilities, older adults and younger adults and families. We are grateful to The Arc for providing this opportunity! 
Members Enjoy Outdoor Movie
Outdoor MovieOver 30 Main Street members gathered on the beautiful evening of June 1 to watch Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at Strathmore Bel Pre Pool. Main Street member John Bogasky organized this event for his pool community and welcomed Main Street members as guests. Thanks to John and all who attended!  
More photos from Main Street events are available in our Past Events Gallery.

Upcoming Member Events  
Washington Nationals Baseball Game

Sunday, June 23
Washington Nationals Game
Nationals Park
1500 S Capitol St SE
Washington, DC
All of the 50 tickets we received for the June 23 Nationals game have been claimed by Main Street members. Before the game, all are welcome to meet up at 11:45 am at Wiseguy Pizza at 202 M St SE, Washington, DC, to enjoy lunch together. Lunch is a pay-your-own-way event. We will be in touch with those who registered to distribute tickets to the game.   
July 12 Meet Up at Rockville's
Friday Night Live Outdoor Concert
Friday Night LiveFriday, July 12
6 - 9 pm
Rockville Town Square
200 East Middle Lane
Rockville, MD
Meet up with fellow Main Street members at a “Friday Night Live” concert in Rockville Town Square. Music begins at 6 pm with Scott Kurt and Memphis 59 playing country music. We'll meet in the middle of the square in front of the registration tent. Food and drink are available from vendor stands and neighborhood restaurants or you can bring your own picnic. If the concert is postponed or cancelled due to inclement weather, we will meet at Bar Louie, just behind the stage in the square. No need to RSVP – just come! 
July 31 Meet Up for Dinner and
VisArts' CREATE on the Square
Wednesday, July 31, 6 - 8 pm
Lebanese Taverna Cafe, 115 Gibbs St, Rockville, MD and Rockville Town Square, 200 East Middle Lane, Rockville, MD
Crab Shell Painting
Main Street members are invited to meet up at Rockville Town Square for dinner at Lebanese Taverna Cafe at 6 pm followed by CREATE on the Square, a free art activity hosted by VisArts that starts at 7 pm. The evening's project will involve crab shell painting. Dinner is a pay-your-own-way event and the art activity is free. MORE INFO AND RSVP HERE
Preview of Fall Classes
Main Street will offer two classes this fall, a returning favorite and something new!  
  • Yoga & Mindfulness with INA Wellness
  • Performance & Improv with ArtStream
We expect both classes to start in October. Stay tuned for more details! 
Visit our Events webpage for information about all upcoming Main Street events. 

Come one, come all to ...
Flapjack & Friends Community Builder on September 28! 
Save the date and rally your friends and family to make our fall community builder the best ever! 
Flapjacks & Friends
Flapjacks & Friends will be a festive street party on Saturday, September 28, from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm in Rockville Town Square. We'll build community and enjoy delicious flapjacks and live entertainment. While the event itself will be free, we will raise funds for Main Street's operational budget through sponsorships. We ask all friends of Main Street to help us obtain sponsors for the event. Members may want to consider sponsoring as a team by creating a fun team name and inviting friends and family to donate to their team.  
Please mark your calendars and watch for details in the coming weeks!  

Main Street on London-based Journey Skills Podcast 
Australian Debra Caldow lives in London with her British husband, Graham, and their two teenage daughters. In 2017, Debra and Graham started the Journey Skills project when they realized they needed a plan for their youngest daughter, Betsy, who has additional needs. In a few years, Betsy would be out of the school system and there seemed to be limited resources for addressing the key areas to foster independent living, namely: work, relationships and daily living skills.
Debra Caldow and daughter, Betsy
The Journey Skills project includes a website (www.journeyskills.com) with resources for parents on independent living and a podcast that gives a voice to parents and professionals who are pioneers in giving real opportunities for young people with additional needs to live independent lives with pride. Topics range from creating housing, starting businesses that give genuine employment, to programs that help young people develop essential social skills. More than 60 podcast episodes are available through iTunesStitcher and Spotify. Main Street Founder Jillian Copeland was featured on the podcast on May 13. (LISTEN HERE.
The Journey Skills project is part of a wider vision that Debra and Graham have to use their property investment company to develop integrated co-living projects. Journey SkillsThe long-term goal is to bring together amazing individuals and projects to ensure that young people with additional needs have a job, have a place to live and are seen as valued members of their local communities. Many thanks to Debra and Graham for the work they do and for sharing information about Main Street with their podcast listeners.
Visit Main Street's News webpage for additional media coverage of Main Street.   

Update on Main Street Webinar 
Main Street webinar
To date, more than 270 people have viewed Main Street's webinar on "The Development of Main Street: Ideas for Those Who Want to Start an Inclusive Housing Community". In the webinar, Jillian and Scott Copeland discuss the steps taken to create Main Street and ideas for replication in other areas. Please share the webinar recording with those who may be interested. We want to spread the Main Street movement far and wide and to support others engaged in similar efforts! VIEW THE WEBINAR HERE 

Community News 
Free Tickets for Transitioning Youth for ArtStream Performances
ArtStream ShowsJune 7-9 and 14-16
Silver Spring Black Box Theater
8641 Colesville Rd Silver Spring, MD
Transitioning students/ adults ages 16-26 may receive two free tickets to Artstream's upcoming shows by calling 301-565-4567 within three days of the performance. These tickets are designed for individuals with disabilities who are interested in learning more about ArtStream's programs. Learn more here

Resume Building Workshop with CORE Foundations at Kennedy Krieger Institute 
Resume Building WorkshopThursday, June 13
5:30 - 7:30 pm
Kennedy Krieger School
Montgomery County Campus
13313 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 
In this presentation, a representative from the Kennedy Krieger Institute Human Resources Department will review what employers look for in a resume and discuss the interview process. Learn more here

UCR UCR Walk and Roll-a-thon5K Walk and 
Saturday, June 22, 4 pm
Bohrer Park
506 South Frederick Ave
Gaithersburg, MD
The event will include live music, dancing, great food, fitness and fun! Learn more here
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Construction Corner 

The Main Street building is on course to open in mid-2020. Check out the Construction Gallery on the Main Street website to watch the building's progress. Construction Corner

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