Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
August 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!

Spotlight on Family and Professional Member 
Marjorie Kreppel
Marjorie and her familyMarjorie is a parent and the founder of The Counseling Center of Maryland. She sees Main Street as an answer to the sense of isolation felt by many of her clients. Learn more here.   

Professional Member 
Laurie Reyes and the Montgomery County Police Autism/IDD Outreach Unit
Officer Laurie Reyes and Jake Edwards
At our luncheon in May, Main Street was thrilled to grant our first Community Trailblazer Award to Officer Laurie Reyes, presented by Autism/IDD Ambassador Jake Edwards. For those who were not able to attend the luncheon, Officer Reyes is the coordinator for the Montgomery County Police Department (MCPD) Autism/IDD, Alzheimer’s, and Dementia Outreach Unit. She began this work in 2005 in response to increasing calls regarding missing persons who were disabled or elderly. The Outreach Unit currently averages 3-5 such wandering calls per week. Over the last decade, the program has expanded to promote safety, awareness and inclusivity through a layered approach that includes the following:  
Education: Officer Reyes and her colleagues provide education to other police officers and to people with disabilities and their caregivers to promote safe and effective interactions. Officers have partnered with Jake Edwards, who has autism, to provide effective trainings. They have gone all the way to Capitol Hill and the White House to share the Montgomery County Model on Autism/IDD Safety and Awareness.
Outreach: They will speak to anyone who will listen!
Officer Tara BondFollow-up: Officers follow up with families after incidents of wandering and provide needed resources. 
Empowerment: The work of the Outreach Unit aims to empower officers, caregivers and individuals with disabilities. 
Response: Through all of the above, Officer Reyes and her colleagues work to provide a highly-skilled response to all calls involving the Autism/IDD community. They strive to go the extra mile for anyone needing their assistance. 
6th Annual Autism/IDD Night Out on September 14
As part of their education and outreach efforts, the MCPD Outreach Unit will host the 6th Annual Autism/IDD Night Out on Friday, September 14, from 6 - 9 PM at the Public Service Training Academy, 8751 Snouffer School Road, Gaithersburg, MD. 
Main Street will have a table at the event and we encourage all to attend. This event promotes safety and awareness - and it's lots of fun! The night will offer: 
  • MCPD 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 (This is a great opportunity for those who are frightened of dogs to interact with trained dogs and handlers.) 
  • Food and fun!
Contact Information
Families in need of resources about wandering or other concerns can contact Officer Reyes or Officer Tara Bond at: 
Office Phone: (240)773-6525 

July 13 Housing Opportunities Panel  
Housing Panel at Williams Syndrome Association National Convention
On July 13, Main Street founder Jillian Copeland presented on a panel at the Williams Syndrome Association National Convention in Baltimore on Finding/Creating the Best Housing Opportunity Outside Your Own Home.
In addition to Main Street, presenters discussed: 
The full presentation and others from the convention are available for purchase from the Williams Syndrome Association. 

July 27 Meet Up in Rockville 
Rockville Meet Up
Thanks to all who joined us at our July 27th meet up! Rain didn’t stop the music and fun. See photos here. We had such a good time, we'll meet up again in Rockville Town Square on August 17 at 6 PM. Details below

Upcoming Main Street Events  
Member Pool Party
Tuesday, August 14, 6:15 - 8:30 PM
Copeland Home, 6200 Poindexter Lane, Rockville, MD
Main Street Pool Party
Beat the August heat with a pool party with Main Street friends! Pizza and drinks will be served. Bring a towel. Free for members! 
Member Meet Up in Rockville Town Square
Friday, August 17, 6 - 9 PM
Rockville Town Square, 200 Middle Lane, Rockville, MD
Join us at "Friday Night Live" in Rockville Town Square on Friday, August 17, with Matt Hutchison and the Big Gin playing pop and rock music starting at 6 PM. Bring a folding chair and your dancing shoes! Food and drink are available from vendor stands and neighborhood restaurants or you can bring your own picnic. In the case of inclement weather, we'll meet at Bar Louie, which is on the square behind the stage. No need to RSVP - just come! 
Scott and Jillian CopelandCoffee with Main Street Founders, Jillian and Scott Copeland
Friday, September 14
9 - 10:30 AM
Copeland Home
6200 Poindexter Lane
Rockville, MD
Main Street Yoga ClassYoga & Mindfulness Class 
Sundays - 8 sessions
September 23 - November 11 1:30 - 2:15 PM 
(Time and dates pending confirmation)
Beth El Congregation
8215 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD
Cost: $148 

Professional Learning & Networking Event
Friday, October 12, 8:30 - 10 AM
Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD
Watch the Main Street website for details. 

Naieer in Intelligent Lives
Screening of Dan Habib's Intelligent Lives
Thursday, November 8
7 - 9 PM (Doors open at 6 PM)
Bullis School Blair Center
10601 Falls Rd
Potomac, MD
Cost: $25 including refreshments
Learn more about the film. 

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. 

Community Service Club
Interested in connecting with other Main Street members to do good? Main Street is organizing a new 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. Details and registration information to follow.
Visit the Main Street events webpage for information about all upcoming events. 

Community Event 

Kennedy Krieger's Annual Autism Conference
October 11-12, 2018
Red Lion Hotel North Baltimore
2004 Greenspring Dr
Timonium, MD
Sponsored by the Center for Autism and Related Disorders, this conference offers two days of expert speakers and unlimited networking opportunities. Learn more here.
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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 prefer that we not include your information in the directory, complete this form to opt out.