Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
September 2018
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 
Kelley Zocks
Kelley and her family
Being a part of the Main Street community has provided Kelley with a great sense of relief. Learn more here.  

Main Street Awarded Low Income Housing Tax Credits 
We got 'em! On August 30, the State of Maryland awarded Main Street low income housing tax credits that will fund a significant portion of the capital costs of the Main Street building. Click here to see Governor Hogan's press release.
Stay tuned for details on the fall groundbreaking!  

August Pool Party and Meet Up 
Main Street Pool Party
Over 50 members came out for the first Main Street pool party on August 14. The group enjoyed good company, pizza and lots of fun in the pool.  
August Meet Up in RockvilleOn August 17, Main Street members met up for a Friday Night Live concert at Rockville Town Square. Rain cut the concert short, but it was great to connect and enjoy a few songs together!   
See photos from these and other Main Street events in the Main Street past events gallery.  

Get Your Tickets for Intelligent Lives Film and Panel with the Filmmaker 
Thursday, November 8
7 - 9 PM (Doors open at 6 PM)
Bullis School - The Blair Family Center for the Arts
10601 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD
Join us on Thursday, November 8, for a screening of INTELLIGENT LIVES, the latest film by award-winning filmmaker and disability advocate Dan Habib. INTELLIGENT 
Naieer in Intelligent LivesLIVES stars three pioneering young adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college and the workforce. The film points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.
The film will start at 7 PM with a running time of 80 minutes. A panel discussion will follow with:
  • INTELLIGENT LIVES filmmaker Dan Habib
  • Micah Fialka-Feldman – One of the self-advocates featured in INTELLIGENT LIVES
  • Jill Ortman-Fouse – Former Montgomery County Board of Education At-Large member
  • Sara Portman Milner, LCSW-C – Co-founder and Director of Student Services at Sunflower Bakery and Café Sunflower
Cost: $25 per person including the film, panel and light refreshments. Groups of 11 or more receive $5 off per ticket. Contact info@mainstreetconnect.org to request the group rate. Financial aid is also available. 
For more info:
Purchase your tickets today!  And please spread the word to family, friends, teachers, administrators, employers and policymakers. Let's change how our community values and includes people with different abilities!
Intelligent Lives Film Screening

Other Upcoming Main Street Events  
Coffee with Main Street Founders, Jillian and Scott Copeland
Friday, September 14, 9 - 10:30 AM
Copeland Home, 6200 Poindexter Lane, Rockville, MD
Scott and Jillian Copeland
Main Street members are invited to join Jillian and Scott Copeland for an informal coffee. This will be an opportunity to ask questions and learn about the progress of Main Street.
Yoga &Main Street Yoga Class Mindfulness Class 
Sundays, Sept 23 - Nov 11
1:30 - 2:15 PM  (Oct 28 class
will meet at 2:30 PM)
Beth El Congregation
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD
Cost: $148 
Strengthen your mind and body with Main Street's Yoga & Mindfulness class! 
Community Service Club
Community Service Club
October 1 - November 12
Jubilee Association of Maryland
10408 Montgomery Ave, Kensington, MD
Interested in connecting with other Main Street members to do good? In coordination with the Jubilee Association of Maryland, Main Street is organizing a Community Service Club to give members a chance to engage in community service projects, reflect on past and future opportunities and connect with other members. The club will meet seven times between October 1 and November 12 including in-group sessions for preparation and reflection and service out in the community. 
Professional Member Learning & Networking Event: Social Media 101
Main Street Professional Networking EventFriday, October 12
8:30 - 10 AM
Bender JCC
6125 Montrose Rd
Rockville, MD
Main Street professional members are invited to join Alissa Neil, a Main Street member who runs a boutique public relations agency for some of the biggest names in news, for a Social Media 101 session. Alissa and one of her firm’s top social media experts will discuss how to use Twitter to bring attention to your business and ideas. Bring your laptop or phone so we can get to tweeting! 

Main Street Volunteer Appreciation Lunch
Friday, November 30, 12 - 2 PM
We want to thank the many generous volunteers who have helped Main Street throughout the year! Watch the Main Street website for details. 

Visit the Main Street events webpage for information about all upcoming events. 

Main Street Member Directory Coming Soon!  
Main Street will soon publish a directory to help members connect with one another. The directory will be available to members this fall on a password-protected page on Main Street's website.
If you do not want your information included in the directory, please complete this form to opt out. 

Professional Member Spotlight 
Sunflower Bakery
Sunflower Bakery
Sunflower Bakery is dedicated to preparing young adults with learning differences for employment through professional on-the-job skilled training in pastry, baking, barista work and customer service. Class sessions begin throughout the year in both our Pastry Arts and Café Sunflower Employment Training Programs. Sunflower is an approved Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) program with proven results:
  • Over 80% of graduates secure employment within 6 months of program graduation
  • 100% of students served gain marketable employment skills
  • Graduates benefit from our growing relationships with area employers and are employed at 38 Metro DC area businesses
Open House Opportunity on September 28
Cafe SunflowerPlease join us at Sunflower in Gaithersburg on Friday, September 28, from 10:30-11:30 AM to learn about our Pastry Arts and Café Sunflower employment training for ages 18+ and about our new After School Teen Exposure Programs (ASTEP) for students ages 14-21. To register for the open house, contact Sara Portman Milner, LCSW-C, at
Please spread the word to young adults seeking a fantastic opportunity for skilled employment training and job development. Financial ability is NOT a barrier to acceptance to these programs. Sunflower Bakery is a 501C-3, non-profit organization.
To learn more, visit www.sunflowerbakery.org or email programs@sunflowerbakery.org.
Sunflower Bakery is a professional member of Main Street. See the Main Street website for info about professional membership.

Community Programs and Events 

6th Annual Autism/IDD Night Out

Friday, September 14, 6 - 9 PM
Public Service Training Academy
8751 Snouffer School Rd, Gaithersburg, MD

MCPD Officer Tara BondThe Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) Autism/IDD, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Outreach Unit is hosting the 6th Annual Autism/IDD Night Out. The event will include: 
  • Wandering Safety Kit and other safety resources
  • Meet and greet police officers from each district
  • Tour of county emergency equipment and buses
  • Go Team therapy dogs 
  • Food and fun!
Main Street will have a table at the event and we encourage all to attend. RSVP at ACT.autismspeaks.org/MCPDnightout.

Fall Programs through Ivymount Outreach
Ivymount Outreach shares the expertise of Ivymount School with the greater community offering services by highly trained staff to individuals, families and professionals. Services include recreational, educational and therapeutic programs for children, teens and adults as well as trainings and consultation across a variety of topics in the field of special education. Fall programs are enrolling now and will start in mid-September. Learn more here

UCR Fall Program Registration
Upcounty Community Resources (UCR) is now enrolling for fall programs including therapeutic music, weekend enrichment and respite, inclusive social activities and inclusive fitness programs. Learn more here.

Transitioning Youth Resource Fair
Saturday, October 13, 10 AM - 1 PM
Montgomery College Rockville, 
Small Gym
N Campus Dr, Rockville, MD
Transition Resource FairThe Transitioning Youth Resource Fair is for students and young adults with disabilities and their families. Learn about job coaching, benefits, recreation and how to achieve greater independence. Be sure to visit the Main Street table! No need to register and parking is free. Sponsored by the Transition Work Group. Questions? Email: