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About Rockville: What’s New

THE WASHINGTONIAN (11/4/2019)  There’s No Place Like Home Main Street, a new residential building opening next year at Rockville Town Square, will cater a quarter of its units to adults with disabilities—making it the first apartment complex of its kind in Washington. The units will be wheelchair-accessible and come with special safety features, such as… Read more »

Journey Skills Podcast: Building an Integrated Future

JOURNEY SKILLS PODCAST (5/13/19) – LISTEN – For most of us being part of a community is essential for our wellbeing and often starts where we live. This week’s guest is Jillian Copeland from Main Street, an organization not just building a community but actually building the space where that community can grow and thrive.… Read more »

The Moco Show Podcast

THE MOCO SHOW PODCAST (4/10/2019) – LISTEN – Main Street Founder joins MoCo Show hosts Alex Tsironis and Steve Solomon as a guest on their podcast from Dawson’s Market in Rockville Town Center.

Navigating The ‘Services Cliff’: What Happens When Adults With Special Needs Turn 21

THE KOJO NNAMDI SHOW ON NPR / WAMU 88.5 (4/1/2019) – LISTEN – Transitioning to adulthood can be daunting. And for those with special needs, the process can be especially challenging. Although the population of adults with special needs has skyrocketed, options for many education and occupational therapy programs shrink after individuals turn 21. For… Read more »

Rockville family develops affordable housing community for adults with disabilities

FOX 5 DC (3/20/2019) – VIDEO – A Rockville family with a special needs child is using their experience to help others. Their inclusive, community-centered real estate development, Main Street Connect, will provide affordable housing for those who need it the most. Jillian and Scott Copeland have a unique vision on life — a vision… Read more »

Rockville parents build a rental complex for their son to share with other adults with disabilities — and also be part of the community

THE WASHINGTON POST (2/12/2019) – Twelve years ago, after struggling to find a local school that was a good fit for their young son who had epilepsy and developmental disabilities, Jillian Copeland and her husband, Scott, started one. That school, the Diener School, continues today in Potomac, Md., serving children with special needs. But as… Read more »

Rockville Breaks Ground on Inclusive, Affordable Housing for People With Disabilities

BETHESDA MAGAZINE (10/19/2018) – Main Street to open in 2020, providing 70 apartments near Rockville Town Square When Nicol Copeland was 8 months old he began to have seizures that would rock his body, leaving him in a fit of convulsions. His seizures, though currently controlled, caused some developmental disabilities and created “global challenges” for… Read more »

Hogan Administration Announces Awards for Affordable Rental Housing

PRESS RELEASE (8/30/2018) – 21 Projects Across the State Will Create or Preserve Approximately 1,147 Units; $47 Million in State and Federal Funding Will Leverage Over $94 Million in Private Sector Capital ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Hogan administration today announced funding recipients for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development’s most recent application round… Read more »

Families of Developmentally Disabled Adults Struggle to Avoid ‘The Cliff’

MARYLAND MATTERS (5/9/2018) – Annie Taubenfeld is a 27-year-old from Baltimore with three part-time jobs. She collects and washes eggs at a farm, sorts and folds clothes at another job and organizes silverware and other tasks at Sam’s Canterbury Café. Annie, who lives with her parents, also designs her own line of greeting cards, which… Read more »

Parents of Adults With Disabilities Often Look to One Another for Help, Solutions

MARYLAND MATTERS (5/9/2018) – “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Jillian Copeland of Rockville likes to quote this proverb, often attributed to Plato. But she adds her own twist, “Those inventions are created by a mom of special needs.” When Copeland’s son Nicol, now 19, was in his early school years, she couldn’t find a… Read more »

Transforming Lives in Rockville

THE CONNECTION NEWSPAPERS (1/3/2018) – Potomac’s Jillian Copeland is a woman who provides innovative solutions for tough problems. She wanted her son Nicol to have the best possible education; thus, she founded and led The Diener School, a school serving special needs children from kindergarten through sixth grade. For the past three years, she has… Read more »

Rockville Project with Inclusive Community for Disabled Adults Could Break Ground in Fall 2018

BETHESDA MAGAZINE (1/3/2018) – Most of the 70 apartment units for Main Street at 50 Monroe Place will be considered affordable A local couple is gearing up to start construction on a Rockville apartment complex that would offer adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live independently. The project, called Main Street, won approval last month… Read more »

Main Street Hosts Community-Builder Event

POTOMAC ALMANAC (7/18/2017) – Main Street, a Rockville development project that describes themselves as inclusive and community focused, held a community-builder event during the Bethesda Big Train game on Wednesday, July 12. A community builder aims to bring people in the community together in a supportive environment, according to Main Street Founder and Board Chair… Read more »

Rockville Couple Plans Affordable Housing Project for Adults With Disabilities

BETHESDA MAGAZINE (4/25/2017) – Main Street would provide educational, social opportunities A local couple is working on an innovative project to provide inclusive, affordable housing to adults with developmental disabilities in Rockville. The vision shared by Jillian and Scott Copeland is to build a 70-apartment community called Main Street where residents can live independently, learn… Read more »