The Power, Presence and Promise of “3”

June 27, 2024

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO

Birthdays and anniversaries are not only times of celebration for me but also reflection. This month, we celebrated the 66th wedding anniversary of my parents, Herb and Patti Dreiseszun, and their grandson Matt’s 33rd birthday. 

They were fully present for our son Matt’s celebration, as were his amazing family members, friends and First Place–Phoenix neighbors. Watch this two-minute video to experience the fun!

During my 63rd year as Herb and Patti’s daughter and Aunt Debbie’s sister, our granddaughter turned 6 and our grandson turned 3.

In numerology, “3” is an optimistic number with an artistic, curious nature that “conveys abstract ideas and find solutions others may miss. A child at heart, the number 3 never misses a chance to have fun, engage with others and express all the love and joy it embodies.(

Seizing the moment for celebrations and shared learning creates collective memories and builds relationships and resilient communities that result in precious moments—like our games of Scrabble and Uno that include the grandkids who exclaim, “Good job, Uncle Matt!”

Disney’s “Circle of Life,” another one of Matt’s all-time favorite tunes, takes on more dimension as we experience life with all its wonder, joy—and reminders of our impermanence. We won’t live forever, but we can create supportive communities that will.

That’s why I remain committed—together with family, friends, colleagues and the First Place Global Leadership Institute—to ensuring the health and well-being of Matt’s home at First Place–Phoenix while fueling a new generation of supportive housing, healthcare and community options for adults with autism and/or intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Matt’s joyful age of 33 holds much promise for him and so many others. Thank you for wrapping your arms and hearts around us, being part of our supportive community—and always cheering us on!

Celebrate with us by marking your calendars for the 13th First Place Global Symposium Oct. 16–18, 2024.   

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