Main Street Connect Inc

Inclusivity Redefined

aka Main Street Connect, Main Street   |   Rockville, MD   |  http://www.mainstreetconnect.org

Mission

Main Street's mission is to create dynamic opportunities through affordable, inclusive housing and community engagement so people of all abilities can live their best lives.

Ruling year info

2017

Founder and President

Mrs. Jillian Copeland

Main address

50 Monroe Pl

Rockville, MD 20850 USA

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EIN

81-5280080

NTEE code info

Independent Housing for People with Disabilities (L24)

Citizen Participation (W24)

Health Support Services (E60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

During the past few decades, many changes have occurred for individuals with disabilities. Historically, many adults with disabilities lived in large institutional settings with minimal opportunities to socialize. Others lived with parents or in group homes. Although progress has been made, adults with disabilities continue to be woefully underserved upon reaching the "cliff” at age 21. They lose all entitlements to education, do not have access to affordable housing, most are unemployed or underemployed and many lack any type of meaningful social and community anchors. This confluence of devastating factors leads to community isolation and a life devoid of passion, meaning, choice and independence. Main Street has not only confirmed these distressing outcomes but has learned that more than anything, most adults with disabilities want to be connected to community, want to live independently and want to work--they just need the opportunity, the skills and encouragement to do so.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Main Street Connect

Main Street is the first community-oriented, affordable, accessible housing solution to redefine the concept of inclusion in a large, vibrant community space within the apartment complex itself.

Just steps away from the Metro and Rockville Town Center, Main Street's thoughtful and purposeful member-based programming breaks down barriers to improve quality of life and community-building for everyone, no matter their age, location, ability or background.

This inclusive mindset and culture of hope and opportunity is aimed to flourish beyond Main Street's walls and inspire a new generation - without barriers, without judgment and with genuine inclusion for all.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people on the organization's email list

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of individual members since inception

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We have had 1718 members to date. Currently, we have over 800 members in 2020.

Number of families who joined as members since inception

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We have had 597 families join as members since inception.

Number of Professional Members since inception

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We have 126 members since inception. We currently have over 80 professional members in 2020.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have had over 300 volunteers to date. We plan to increase this number once our building opens and we are able to have are in person gatherings.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Main Street aims to become the leading voice for what inclusion can look like in a greater community and to make inclusion the norm. We are more than just a building. We are a movement of passionate, dedicated individuals united in community and inclusion for all that extends far beyond Main Street's walls. We aim to change the daunting, grim future for adults with disabilities and dispel the stereotypes people WITHOUT disabilities hold for people WITH disabilities. Our thoughtful programming reflects our community's interests, beliefs and value systems, creating a community that thinks differently and leads where others don't.

In 3-5 years Main Street expects to have demonstrated the effectiveness and feasibility of its model, its positive impact on member life satisfaction, and be able to point to a community that embraces inclusivity as a norm. Additionally, Main Street anticipates having a proven turnkey prototype that can be replicated and scaled, and a model for other entities around the country. We are committed to supporting the growth of our concept and we have already engaged in numerous conversations with organizations around the country interested in replication.

A number of key factors shape Main Street’s confidence that it can achieve its goals--the need for this model is dire, the demand/interest in Main Street in the disability community is strong, public and private community backing is growing. However, only with increased funding support, can Main Street be successful.

A dearth of housing choices leave many adults with disabilities living with aging parents, where they often struggle socially, financially and emotionally. The housing alternatives that presently exist are generally unaffordable, inaccessible, lack meaningful inclusion with people who are typically developing and often result in isolation and limited opportunities for employment and recreation. Moreover, options for inclusive and affordable housing are slim.

The Main Street model marries affordable and inclusive housing, which alone sets us apart from most options existing today. The true differentiator is our membership -model, community center that offers numerous opportunities for engagement by all residents and members of the community-at-large. Such a model does not currently exist. Furthermore, the deep and active engagement of our members demonstrates how successful this model can be long term. To date, more than 1,700 people in our community have already joined Main Street as members.

What sets Main Street miles apart is not only our innovative concept but how our philosophy is being operationalized. For the past four years, Main Street has been changing the landscape for how people FEEL when they engage in our bi-weekly events (and in the future, all programming). Main Street is unique in its unwavering focus on inclusion, on changing mindsets and attitudes, and, on providing options where individuals of all abilities choose to be and with whom. Main Street strives to eradicate the “us versus them” mentality from today’s collective reality, aiming to inspire a new generation — through community building, education, inclusive living opportunities, events and experiences. Time and time again, participants have shared “how good they feel'', “how being a part of the Main Street family gives them hope”, “how everyone can benefit from being included”.

Main Street is a mixed-income, mixed-use development that fosters organic and inclusive opportunities for individuals with varying special needs to live, learn, work, play and thrive. This flagship building includes 70 dwelling units, approximately 10,000 square feet of purposefully designed community space and a coffee shop. Seventy-five percent (75%) of the dwelling units are affordable – serving households earning 30%, 50% and 60% of the Area Medium Income (AMI) – and 17 units are specifically designed and designated for individuals with varying special needs.

The community space includes a wellness and fitness center, commercial grade teaching kitchen, multimedia room, classrooms and a cyber-café that employs people with disabilities. All of this is available to the building residents as well as Main Street’s members with and without disabilities.

Main Street - created on the founding principles of affordability, inclusivity and sustainability - is a vibrant community for continued learning, social engagement, health and wellness, community building and overall joy and happiness for the building resident and members. Fostering a culture of inclusion, Main Street bridges abilities, age and socio-economic factors, allowing participants to enjoy casual, organic social encounters as well as structured activities, classes and therapeutic programs provided by Main Street staff and our seasoned service providing partners.

Main Street, however, is much more than a physical building – our culture of inclusion has expanded into a movement of inclusion! A movement to educate all stakeholders – government agencies, private enterprises, educational institutions, our next-door neighbors – that all individuals – regardless of ability have much to contribute to our world! A movement to provide safe, affordable, accessible and inclusive housing! A movement to give everyone equitable opportunities to belong – to participate – to THRIVE!

Main Street significantly impacts the community through education, promotion, and advocacy. Working tirelessly with private and public partners to provide inclusive opportunities--Main Street is the voice changing the landscape for adults with disabilities while educating countless stakeholders of the value people with disabilities offer.

Our ultimate impact is hope--the hope of community, the hope of purpose and independence, the hope of belonging, and the hope of life satisfaction, for countless individuals.

Since launching its membership program, Spring 2017, 1718 individuals (597 families) have joined Main Street. Currently, we have 782 members (278 families). 126 professional members joined since January 2018 and currently just shy of 80 professionals are members. Main Street has engaged some 300 volunteers and has 590 donors.

Main Street is changing what tomorrow looks like for a population that lives in the shadows. We are building community so our policymakers, business leaders, teachers, police officers, firefighters, healthcare professionals, individuals with and without disabilities-- all stakeholders who want to live, work and play are welcomed and accepted “just as they are”.

Financials

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Main Street Connect Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Jillian Copeland

Main Street Connect

Term: 2017 -

Robert Granader

Market Research

Lisa Friedlander

NEXT/Shulman Rogers

Karen Beveridge

Special Needs Advocate

David Astrove

Attorney, Real Estate

Andrew Friedlander

Associated Insurance Management (AIM)