We Are Grateful!
As we enter the month of November and anticipate the Thanksgiving holiday, we choose to celebrate gratefulness!
There are so many people who impact Main Street in different ways and support our mission of inclusivity.
Each and everyone of you is part of our community and we are grateful to have you!
My name is Leroy Price and I have been a licensed electrician for over 25 years. Presently I work with Hawkins Electric Service, Inc.
I am working on the Main Street building as a licensed electrician. In this role, I have the opportunity to work with a team of dedicated co-workers committed to producing a quality and safe product. I have a good working relationship with all my fellow team members here on the site.
Working on Main Street and knowing what its mission is brings me an added sense of pride. I have a very close friend who has a daughter with special needs. He has shared many of his experiences with me in trying to find quality organizations and facilities to help his daughter with her social and educational needs. It is a daily challenge for the disabled community.
The Main Street project was established to reduce those challenges for parents, caregivers and family members within the special-needs community and to enrich the lives of their loved ones. For that, I cannot help but be proud to be a part of the Main Street community.
Job Opening at Main Street
Main Street is growing by leaps and bounds. We will be expanding our staff over the next several months. If interested in joining our team, click here
for updated job postings.
New Main Street Team Member
We are happy to introduce Sharon Cichy, our new Chief Strategy Officer, and welcome her to our Main Street community!
I have always been a caregiver and a relationship builder. I had a strong desire to teach and ultimately got my undergrad degree in early childhood education and my master’s in early childhood special education. I taught in both Prince George's and Montgomery County Public Schools, as well as a private nursery school, for about 12 years. When I had my children, I chose to stay home but discovered I had an entrepreneurial spirit. I pursued some creative ventures revolving around children and expectant and new parents.
These experiences led me back to aspects of my roots in education. I began consulting with a keen focus on brand marketing, executing and ideating partnerships and company-based public relations to grow successful businesses. I have led business development for a range of brands (Washington Post Media, Activity Rocket, ChatLogix, Eventage, and my own liv Strategies) bridging communication between internal and external stakeholders. I’ve worked on start-ups, both tech and otherwise. By brokering creative, strategic partnerships for small and large businesses, I have been able to exercise my passion for relationship building and connecting.
For a few years, I spent time building an app for teens coping with mental health issues. This was the catalyst that drove me to go back to the mission-based work I love. As Manager of Development and Events at SEEC, my strengths and passions were aligned to make a difference in people's lives. I moved onto Madison House Autism Foundation, where I served as Director of Development and Communication. My journey has now led me to Main Street! I am grateful to be here, committed to the mission of inclusivity and honored to do my part as we thrive and grow.
I love my husband of 20 years, my three beautiful teenage girls and our sweet dog Rosie. They are all following their passions and hoping to make tomorrow better for all of us.
Community Partnership News
Round House Theatre
Main Street is very excited to announce a new partnership with Round House Theatre in Bethesda, sparked by our mutual commitment to building community and providing opportunities that promote inclusion! We look forward to offering diverse experiences to our membership in cooperation with Round House.
Round House has designated Main Street as recipient of their 2019 holiday-giving drive! We are extremely grateful for their kindness and comradery.
The upcoming play of the 2019-2020 Round House season is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,
which runs November 20 through December 22. Simon Stephens' Olivier and Tony award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon's novel follows Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old mathematical genius who is exceptionally intelligent but has difficulty interpreting everyday life. Main Street's mission to promote inclusion, independence and quality of life aligns perfectly both with the thematic questions of The Curious Incident
and with Round House's broader goals of involving adults within the neurodiverse community. More information about The Curious Incident
and ticket information can be found here
. Main Street members can use code DOG20
to save 20% on select performances.
Spaces are becoming defined,as the building rises taller.
The team is focused and committed!
Information about leasing guidelines and the application process to come!
View more construction photos here.
Lunch & Classic Car Show
On October 19, Main Street members enjoyed lunch and friendly conversation, then explored scores of antique and classic cars on a sunny autumn afternoon.
See other event photos here.
Strathmore Mansion Concert
Thursday, Nov. 14
Main Street is getting a group together to attend a concert by composer and performer Molly Joyce, whose work focuses on disability as a creative force. MORE INFO AND SIGN UP HERE
Gratitude Breakfast for Volunteers and Professional Members
Friday, Nov. 22
8:30 - 10 am
Woodmont Country Club, Rockville
All Main Street volunteers and professional members are invited to join us for
Financial Literacy Workshop Presented by Kennedy Krieger Institute
Sunday, Dec. 8
2 - 4 pm
Silver Spring Library
Join us for a workshop with two separate components: one for adults with disabilities and another for parents or care providers.
Visit our Events webpage for information about all upcoming Main Street events.
Honor for Main Street Founder!
DC Inno has announced their 50 on Fire winners for 2019. We are very pleased that our own Jillian Copeland, Main Street co-founder, has been honored as a winner in the community category.
50 on Fire is a celebration of innovators, big and small, people and organizations, across multiple categories including the city's thriving tech, education and startup communities. The 50 on Fire winners are all considered to be truly heating up the DMV's ecosystem.
Congratulations, Jillian! More information here.
Community News and Events
Transitioning Youth Resource Fair
Learn about job coaching, benefits, recreation and greater independence from state agencies, nonprofits and service providers. Be sure to stop by the Main Street table! Saturday, November 2,
at Montgomery College Rockville. Keynote at 9 am; exhibits 10 am-1 pm. More information here
Down to Box
The Down to Box program offers boxing and fitness classes every Saturday from 2-3 pm for individuals 14 and older with disabilities at Top Notch Fitness in Rockville. More information here
NDSC/AU Disability Policy Event
The National Down Syndrome Congress and American University Washington College of Law will host a disability policy event focused on employment on Monday, November 4,
in Washington, DC. More information here
Neurodiversity in the Workplace Conference
Kennedy Krieger Institute is hosting a collaborative conference on November 7 and 8 at the Baltimore-Washington Airport Marriott. More information here.
Music for Autism Concert
Ivymount School is hosting a Music for Autism Concert with a performance by QuinTango on Saturday, November 9,
at 1:30 pm. RSVP required. More information here.
Jewish Disability Advocacy Day
Registration is open for the 2020 JDAD in Washington, DC, on February 4. Early bird tickets are available until Dec. 9. More information here.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!
Thank you for being a part of the Main Street community.