Our Stories

More than anything else, Main Street is a collection of people with amazing stories to tell. Each month we profile a new story of one of our members.

Danny, Nicol, Ethan and Jack Copeland

The Copeland Family’s Story

Main Street is the vision of Jillian and Scott Copeland whose son, Nicolas, has developmental disabilities. Nicolas, now 17, began having seizures at the age of 8 months. While his seizures are currently controlled,… Read more »

Main Street members Cynthia Zapata and family.

Cynthia’s Story

Cynthia Zapata wears many hats – she is a Program Specialist at Montgomery County’s Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC), the mother of three and a committed sibling to her brother, Tony,… Read more »

Jillian and Dara

Dara’s Story

When I think of idealism brought to life with love, joy, creativity, commitment, purpose and unity, I think of Main Street! My connection to Main Street is through my lifelong… Read more »

Leroy and Jillian at the Main Street construction site

Leroy’s Story

My name is Leroy Price and I have been a licensed electrician for over 25 years. Presently I work with Hawkins Electric Service, Inc. I am working on the Main… Read more »

Karen Leggett, daughter Nadia and husband Tharwat in Egypt

Karen’s Story

Every time I pick up my bright orange Main Street Connect tote bag, I am reminded of all that bag represents – for our family and especially for our Montgomery… Read more »

Main Street member Jessica Lipsher and family

Lisa and Jessica’s Story

While I enjoy many different roles, the one I am most proud of is being a special needs parent and coach. I am Lisa Benjamin Lipsher and I feel very… Read more »

Ben’s Story

When asked to describe his future, Ben will tell you this: “When I am an adult, I am going to live on Main Street. I will have three dogs –… Read more »

Katie’s Story

When I learned about Main Street, I joined not once, but twice. And it was not a mistake! I wanted a family membership and also a professional membership. As a… Read more »

Justin’s Story

Hi. My name is Justin Salzberg and I am 20 years old. I have an older brother, Noah, and a younger sister, Ally. I am a member of Main Street… Read more »

Nick’s Story

Nicholas has always been a cheerful guy with a great sense of humor. Even as a toddler with no language, he made people smile with his big eyes and floppy… Read more »

Jeni’s Story

My son, Mattie, was born with a rare neuromuscular disease. As a result of this condition, he often spent many months at a time in the hospital. This is not… Read more »

The Eure Family’s Story

Stephen, our friendly 25-year-old son, first received services from Montgomery County Infant and Toddlers and the Preschool Education Program. Later, he spent many years in early intervention at home learning… Read more »

Noah’s Story

My name is Noah Miller. I graduated from the Katherine Thomas High School in June and I am currently a freshman in the Mason LIFE Program at George Mason University… Read more »

Kelley’s Story

When I learned about Main Street, I breathed a sigh of relief. You see, I am a mother of two active, young boys, ages 4 and 6, and my eldest… Read more »

Marjorie’s Story

When I first heard about Main Street, I felt incredibly touched by everything it stands for. I have been involved in the special needs community in many capacities over the… Read more »

Nmandi’s Story

Nmandi, our amazing 20-year-old daughter, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when she was 3 years old. She spent so many years doing ABA at home as well as being in preschool full-time. She… Read more »

The Bogasky Family’s Story

Our life with John has been the journey of a lifetime. We first learned he would need extra help when he was just a few months old. While we saw… Read more »

David’s Story

My name is David Godoy and I was born with cerebral palsy in Ecuador in South America. I came to the United States for better education and better opportunities with… Read more »

Yelena’s Story

My name is Yelena Simpson. I graduated from the Katherine Thomas School with a high school diploma and attended Montgomery College for two years, graduating with a certificate. I have… Read more »

Adam’s Story

I was born on July 17, 1988. I’m on the autism spectrum. When I was growing up I went to 6 special needs schools. During high school, I had an… Read more »

Nancy’s Story

I have both a personal and a professional interest in Main Street. I am the proud mother of Adrian, a 28 year old with Down syndrome who expects to live… Read more »

The Edwards Family’s Story

We are so happy to have found Main Street as it will fill a big gap in what we can currently provide for our son Eric, 25, who is on… Read more »

Jess’ Story

The eldest of our four children, Jess, is 28 years old. She works two jobs (in a nursery school and an assisted living facility) and participates in Special Olympics, Best… Read more »

Main Street member Spencer sitting at a table

Spencer’s Story

Living independently, with whatever supports are needed, is the vision of Spencer Jacobs who has developmental disabilities. Spencer, now 26, began having difficulty at age 15 months with language declines among other developmental… Read more »

Corey’s Story

Once upon a time, there was a family of a mother, father, sister and brother.  Pretty normal stuff right?  Well, it might have been— but we learned early on that our son, Corey, had… Read more »