April 10, 2020
A holiday to honor the relationship of brothers and sisters - let's celebrate!
Main Street Member Spotlight
Cynthia Zapata wears many hats – she is a Program Specialist at Montgomery County’s Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), the mother of three and a committed sibling to her brother, Tony, who has a developmental disability. Tony and their parents, Rolando and Asunta, live with Cynthia and her husband, Marc, and her youngest daughter, Angelina. The Zapata family moved to the U.S. from Bolivia when Cynthia was a young child and now resides in Silver Spring. Cynthia has worked with HOC since 2006 and currently assists people transitioning out of homelessness.
After reading an article about Main Street in The Washington Post
in February 2019, Cynthia signed up her family as members with the hope of finding more social opportunities for her brother. She and her family have generously given back as volunteers for our trail clean up and for Flapjacks & Friends. In the future, Cynthia hopes to connect with other adult siblings in the Main Street community for fun and for support.
Main Street celebrates Cynthia and all the siblings whose unique insight and compassion greatly enrich our inclusive community!
Siblings of Adults with Disabilities
Some Resources Available
Walter Suskind, sibling of Owen Suskind, has an active sibling support group that connects adults with mentors. Sibstrong offers a variety of programming including supported discussions for siblings of adults with disabilities.
This supportive program is the first national program dedicated to supporting siblings of those with needs. Books, workshops and online supports are available.
The folks at The Arc know what it is like to grow up with a family member with IDD. They understand the needs of those with disabilities and provide supports to all involved, including siblings.
The mission of the Sibling Leadership Network is to provide siblings of individuals with disabilities the information, support and tools to advocate with their brothers and sisters and to promote the issues important to them and their entire families.
- Maryland Sibling Network - A Facebook page for siblings in Maryland to connect with others that have a sibling with a disability to ask questions, gain information, get and provide support, vent, network or simply connect with other sibs.
- Sibshops - Designed to offer peer support and information in a highly recreational setting, usually for 8 to 13-year-old siblings of people with disabilities. Sessions are offered at various times throughout the year.
Recent Professional Event
with Tommy McFLY and Kelly Collis
Main Street held its first ever virtual event this week. Thank you to Tommy McFLY, Kelly Collis and our 29 participants for sharing a morning of Zoom learning and branding!
We are so grateful to have Tommy McFLY and Kelly Collis from The Tommy Show as part of our Main Street community! Their expert advice on how to build, pivot and successfully maintain a virtual community was especially timely. More of their tips and ideas, along with their fun personalities can be enjoyed by viewing the workshop recording.
Tommy and Kelly are currently offering free airtime to small businesses and nonprofits. What an amazing way for them to give back in a time when we need to be reminded that We’re ALL IN this together. Please go to tommyshow.com/airtime to learn more and sign up.
See more event photos here.
Main Street Member Events
Unfortunately, we've had to cancel our April events including the Main Street Moms' Mindful Morning, Sunday Fun at True Respite Brewing Co. and Good Deeds Day Park Clean Up and Lunch. However, we're finding other ways to connect.
We're ALL IN Campaign!
Join us to find inspiration and hope from one another. Please connect with us and each other in one of these ways:
- NEW!! Main Street Member Connections - Sign up and we will pair you with a Main Street buddy! It's a great way to make new friends, share how you're feeling and support others through this unusual time. What a fun way to spend time while staying home! When you sign up, you'll be asked your preference for connection - phone, email, text or FaceTime. You and your buddy can determine your schedule to connect. We hope that you'll connect at least once a week (if not more), at least two times and become good friends! We encourage you to be ready to share, ask questions and be supportive. Sign up for Main Street Connections here!
- We’re ALL IN on Facebook and Instagram! Please join us each day on social media to share thoughts, stories, reflections of gratitude and community kindness.
- Send cards to kids at Children's National Medical Center - Brighten a child's day! Cards must not include religious or political content. Avoid terms like get well or feel better - instead say things like “Sending you Smiles” or “You Rock”. Mail to: The Child Life Team; 111 Michigan Ave NW; Washington, DC 20010.
- Send words of kindness to residents in retirement communities - Focus on terms like “Wishing you well” or “Thinking of you”. Cards and letters should not include religious or political content. Please refrain from sending cards if you are feeling unwell or experiencing any symptoms yourself. Mail to: Charles E. Smith Life Communities (ATTN: Activities Director; 6121 Montrose Road; Rockville, MD 20852) or The Village at Rockville (ATTN: Melissa Blackstone; 9701 Veirs Drive; Rockville, MD 20850).
- Give back to the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department! They are accepting the following items: N95 masks, gloves, food items such as canned goods, dry food like pasta and rice, frozen food (they cannot accept any prepared dishes), cash donations, purchased meals from local restaurants for on-duty personnel (~20). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange donations.
- Main Street Listserv - Our listserv is still available for members who want to connect. We’re ALL IN this together and we hope everyone will support each other. To subscribe, send an e-mail to: email@example.com. You will receive an e-mail from Yahoo asking you to confirm that you want to subscribe. Follow the instructions in the e-mail to confirm your request. Main Street will then approve requests from members and, once approved, you may contact those on the list by sending an e-mail to MainStreetMemberConnect@yahoogroups.com.
Sneak Peek at Some Renderings
Poppy Boy's Kitchen
Main Street Inaugural Golf Outing
Thank you to all our sponsors and supporters for your continued support!
Keep Mind and Body Fit!
Enjoy Virtual and Family Conversations
Some interesting questions to discuss:
- What are 2 positives and 1 negative thing you have experienced from this uncertain time?
- What is one thing you have learned from your quarantine?
- How is the coronavirus making you think about future changes in your behavior? What impact might these new behaviors or habits have on our economy, our health, our environment?
- What is the first thing you will do once the coronavirus is behind us?
Learn, Explore, Cook, Visit Museums from Home!
Enjoy Online Performances!
Movement and Mindfulness!