Welcome to the Monthly Connect!
 
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: Meet Nancy Forsythe 
 
 
Nancy is a parent and a University of Maryland faculty member specializing in employment of students with disabilities. Learn more here.
 
 
 
 
Main Street Building Plan Approved! 
Planning Commission VoteOn December 13, the City of Rockville Planning Commission unanimously approved the Main Street building plan. Many thanks is due to the 120+ Main Street supporters who attended the 4-hour meeting, to those who submitted letters of support and to those who testified, including Maryland State Senator Cheryl Kagan. Photos from this incredible night are available in the Main Street event gallery.
 
Main Street's next steps include applying for tax credits from the State of Maryland and continuing private capital fundraising. To date, we have raised $5.4 million of our $7 million goal. A huge thank you to all who have generously contributed! 
 
Upcoming Main Street Events 
 
Professional Breakfast - Monday, Jan. 22, 8:30-10 AM Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD
 
Join us for Main Street's first professional breakfast!  We will connect, collaborate and discuss future partnership opportunities. All professionals are welcome so please spread the word. RSVP here
 
Member Happy Hour
Friday, Feb. 9, 6-8 PM

120 Quincy St., Chevy Chase, MD
 
Main Street members are invited to a fun and informal gathering at the home of members Karen and Jim Huizinga. RSVP here
 
 
Details about Main Street events are available on the Main Street events webpage.
 
Conference on Housing Innovations 
Visionaries ConferenceMain Street was one of many housing concepts highlighted at the San Francisco Autism Society's Visionaries Conference, which was held on December 2 on Stanford's beautiful campus. Over 500 people attended and many felt a sense of hope regarding the innovative housing concepts and programs 
in development around the country. Details and videos of the conference presentations are available here. Many of the new models will be highlighted in future e-blasts, so please stay tuned!
 
Main Street in the News 

This week, Main Street was featured in the Potomac Almanac and Bethesda Beat! These and other articles about Main Street are available on the Main Street website
 
New Housing Program in North Bethesda 
 
The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH) has several new apartments in the Pike & Rose development in North Bethesda. Pike & Rose is a new, walkable neighborhood that offers living, dining, retail and employment opportunities. Rent is below the market rate and residents will receive assistance with daily household living, food preparation, shopping, money management and/or planning for social activities, based on their needs. This program is not available to those receiving DDA funding. For more information including costs, contact Alexis Gurman at agurman@jfgh.org or 240-283-6023. 
 
Community Resources 
 
Fitness for Health ZamDance
January 12 - March 2, 2018, 6-7 PM
ZamDance is a high impact dance fitness program for children and adults with developmental differences. Click here for details. 
 
PCR Spring Programs 
February - July 2018
Potomac Community 
Resources (PCR) offers a range of social, recreational and respite care programs for teens and adults who have developmental differences at sites throughout lower Montgomery County. See PCR's program schedule and registration information here.  
 
Free Parent Workshop on Shared Decision Making
February 6, 2018, 7 PM (Snow date: February 22)
The Katherine Thomas School 
9975 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD 
Come learn about adult guardianship and alternative decision-making support strategies that promote building decision-making skills over time. Population: 8th grade and up. RSVP required: ktsworkshops@ttlc.org.

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