Welcome to the Main Street Monthly Connect!
July 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: 
Meet Nmandi and Her Family
The Thompson Family 
Nmandi, who is on the autism spectrum, has worked hard to become the amazing young woman that she is. Click here to learn about Nmandi and the hope that Main Street has provided to her family. 


Main Street Summer Fun! 
Big Train Baseball Game
Photos from
Big Train Game
Thanks to all who joined us for food and fun at the Big Train baseball game on June 25. And congratulations to Ana Bradley for throwing out the first pitch! Check out pictures from the game on our website

Member Meet Up in Rockville Town Square
Friday, July 27, 6 - 9 PM
Rockville Town Square, 200 Middle Lane, Rockville, MD
Meet Up in Rockville

Join us for a Main Street meet up at “Friday Night Live” in Rockville Town Square. Bring your dancing shoes, your folding chairs and your Main Street apparel for a summertime concert. Music begins at 6 PM with the Amanda Lynne Band playing classic rock and blues. Main Street will have a focal point in the middle of the Square in front of the registration tent. Food and drink are available from vendor stands and neighborhood restaurants or you can bring your own picnic. Join us and experience one of Rockville’s great social opportunities just blocks from the Main Street site. No need to RSVP - just come! 

Looking Ahead to Fall ...
 Mark Your Calendar
Main Street's fall 2018 events offer something for everyone!
Coffee with Main Street Founders
Friday, September 14
9 - 10:30 AM
Copeland Home
6200 Poindexter Lane
Rockville, MD
Yoga & Mindfulness Class - It's Coming Back! 
Sunday early afternoons beginning in late September
Beth El Congregation, 8215 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD
Watch the Main Street website for details.  
Professional Learning & Networking Event
Friday, October 12, 8:30 - 10 AM
Bender JCC, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD
Screening of Dan Habib's Intelligent Lives
Thursday, November 8, 7 - 9 PM (Doors open at 6 PM)
Bullis School, 10601 Falls Rd, Potomac, MD
Cost: $25. Ticket sales open to Main Street members on August 31 and to others on September 7. 
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 web page for information about all upcoming events. 

Reminder to 2017 Members: 
Renew Your Membership Today! 
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Main Street has more than 1050 members and we are grateful for each one of you! Individual and family members who joined before November 1, 2017, are now asked to renew your membership. Thanks to all who have already renewed!  Membership options are: 
  • Individual:  $50
  • Family:  $100
  • Young Adult (under 30):  $25
We don’t want our membership fee to prevent anyone from being a member of the Main Street community; contact us at info@mainstreetconnect.org to request a waiver of the fee if needed.
Membership entitles you to receive regular project updates, participate in a range of fun and meaningful member events and to be a part of creating Main Street - the first of its kind - affordable and inclusive living and community programming for all!
See our website to renew your membership today.  

Opportunities Offered by Main Street Professional Members 

Main Street is pleased to highlight the following programs and services offered by our professional members. To learn more about professional membership, please visit our website
Next Level Transition Consulting 
Next Level Transition Consulting
Next Level Transition Consulting helped me define goals and take action after years of being lost. I learned to appreciate my uniqueness and it empowered me to take control of my success. -Andrew
Next Level Transition Consulting, LLC, (NLT) believes that diverse thinkers see problems from uncommon perspectives, which can lead to better solutions. Learning differences, ADHD, autism, mental illness, intellectual disability and physical differences can be strengths rather than weaknesses if the right supports and strategies are in place. NLT services help diverse thinkers develop more effective learning strategies, secure jobs or advance in their careers and become more independent, more social and better problem solvers. 
NLT staff work collaboratively with their client’s family, mental health professionals and community supports. The process includes setting goals and tailoring supports needed to reach these goals. Supports may include weekly meetings, phone or Skype appointments, text reminders, drop-in independent living support, accompanying clients to activities, career research and direct communication with employers or volunteer coordinators.
For more information, visit www.nextleveltransition.com or contact Scott Wilbur, Transition Director, at scottwilbur@nextleveltransition.com or 571-332-2992.
Kennedy Krieger Institute: Apply Now for New CORE Foundations Program
KKI Post-Secondary Programs
provides individuals of all abilities the opportunity to continue developing core skills that serve as a foundation for a successful adult life. CORE Foundations provides community integration, employment opportunities and social engagement programming. Program outcomes include building lifelong relationships through integrated employment and inclusive communities, while supporting each individual on their road to independence.
CORE Foundations is offering social, wellness and workshop programs this fall. View the current fall schedule here. To participate, complete the online application and submit it to Stacey Herman, Director of Post-Secondary Services, at Hermanst@KennedyKrieger.org
Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation: 
Peace Day on July 14 in Rockville 
Mattie J.T. Stepanek FoundationPeace Day is an annual celebration that honors the legacy of late teen, poet and peace activist Mattie J.T. Stepanek. For people of all ages and abilities, this free event provides fun and inspiration about "peace choices" through educational and recreational activities plus lots of food and entertainment! Click here for details.  

Community Programs and Events 
Parent Resources Exchange Night
Thursday, July 19, 7:30 - 9 PM
Arc Montgomery County, 11600 Nebel Street, Rockville, MD
Following up on last month's exchange, parents will have another opportunity to ask questions and share information about supports and resources they utilize for their adult children with disabilities. Jointly sponsored by MCTransitions and Transition Times. Register here
Shared Horizons' Charitable Fund
The Shared Horizons' Charitable Fund grants awards of up to $1000 to people with disabilities in Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia who demonstrate financial need. The awards are given for goods and services not covered by public benefits. Learn more here
interPLAY Orchestra at StrathmoreinterPLAY Orchestra Summer Concert
Monday, July 16, 8 PM
Strathmore Music Center
5301 Tuckerman Ln 
North Bethesda, MD
The interPLAY Orchestra at Strathmore is composed of adult musicians with and without cognitive and other disabilities who perform in year-round concerts. Purchase tickets here