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 Jess Huizinga

The Huizinga family has long dreamed of a community like Main Street for their daughter, Jess. Learn more here

Upcoming Main Street Events

Main Street Member Event: Bowling and Bocce!

Sunday, October 29, 3-5 PM
Pinstripes at Pike & Rose 
11920 Grand Park Avenue
North Bethesda, MD
$25 per person

Main Street will hold its third membership event on October 29 at Pinstripes
, which just opened in North Bethesda. Join us for an afternoon of food and fun! The $25 per person admission fee includes food and drink plus bowling with shoe rental or bocce with a Special Olympics coach (time and space may not allow attendees to do both). Follow this link for more details and to register by October 22. Questions? Contact Julie at info@mainstreetconnect.org

Main Street Moms Coffee

Wednesday, November 1, 10 - 11:30 AM
Home of Karen Huizinga
120 Quincy Street
Chevy Chase, MD

Moms who are members of Main Street are invited to a coffee at the home of member Karen Huizinga. This is an informal opportunity to get to know one another and to build our community. Please follow this link to RSVP by October 24.  We hope to see you there! Questions? Contact Julie at info@mainstreetconnect.org.

Resource Round-Up

Resource Spotlight: JSSA Specialized Employment

At a time when the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is about twice that of those with no disability, JSSA’s Specialized Employment Services are invaluable to the special needs community. Located in Rockville, JSSA’s team of employment specialists and counselors provides a customized approach to career development that includes assessments, soft skill workshops, interview prep, ongoing workplace support, and other trainings. The unparalleled success of JSSA’s Specialized Employment Services in helping adults with disabilities gain competitive employment has recently been featured in a WJLA-ABC7 news story; compared to the national average of 43%, the six-month retention rate for clients of Specialized Employment Services is 90%.

To learn more about the ways that JSSA is empowering individuals with special needs to achieve long-term career success and self-sufficiency, please contact Tom Liniak, Director of Specialized Employment Services, at 301-610-8405 or tliniak@jssa.org

Devenio: Dance, Soccer, and More! 

Devenio, Inc., inspires community building through partnerships that provide lifelong opportunities for people with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Located in Bethesda, Devenio creates and facilitates collaborative projects, programs, and events directed at education, awareness, and increasing availability of experiences. By leveraging resources and working together, Devenio aims to benefit the disability community as well as the greater communities in which we live.

Devenio currently has three programs/events:
  • Fun Bunch Soccer -  A soccer league with teams for youth and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities
  • Devenio in Motion - A partnership of Devenio and Joy of Motion Dance Center that provides rigorous training to dancers age 14 to adult with cognitive and developmental disabilities, empowering them with real opportunities to perform independently
  • Race4Respect™ 5K and 1K Kids Dash - The only event dedicated to Down syndrome awareness that stops traffic in the nation's capital
Registration and details for all programs and events can be found at www.devenio.org

Reminder - Transitioning Youth Resource Fair

Saturday, October 14, 10 AM - 1 PM
Montgomery College Rockville (Small Gym, N Campus Drive)

The 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. Main Street will have a table so please stop by and say hello! No registration is required and parking is free. Questions? Contact:

Transition Planning and Possibilities Presentation

Thursday, October 26, 7 PM 
The Katherine Thomas School
9975 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 

In this free presentation designed for parents of high school students, Gretchen Levine will discuss transition resources available for young adults and the application processes, as well as timelines involved in planning for the future. RSVP by October 23 to ktsworkshops@ttlc.org

Sprout Film Festival Featuring People with IDD

Friday, October 27
Publick Playhouse
5445 Landover Road

Cheverly, MD

Experience films that celebrate difference and create transformational experiences for both the filmmakers and the audience. This 90-minute program offers entertaining, enlightening, and memorable short films featuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The festival will take place on Friday, October 27, with two programs: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM and 7:30 - 9:00 PM. Admission and parking are FREE. Click here to see a trailer, and reserve tickets online at arts.pgparks.com. For more information call: Voice: 301-277-1710 or TTY: 301-699-2544.

Project Updates

Main Street has submitted its building plan to the City of Rockville. On September 18, the second of two required public meetings was held at the Rockville Memorial Library to inform the public of the plans for the project and to answer questions. Scott Copeland reviewed the building plans and Jillian Copeland discussed the great need for inclusive housing and communities for adults with disabilities. Some attendees expressed a desire to have a park created at the location instead of Main Street. Many others affirmed the need and value of creating the Main Street community in Rockville Town Center based on its accessibility to the Metro, buses, employment opportunities, and entertainment. Our hope is for a final meeting/hearing to be scheduled by year’s end. We will share this meeting date once it is confirmed and will ask all of our members and friends to join in support!
Main Street is actively engaged in capital fundraising. Please consider donating to Main Street or connecting us to others who may want to support this amazing project. Potential donors who want more information may contact us at info@mainstreetconnect.org.

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