Blogs

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March 2024

Good Grief, What a Performance! On a recent delightful spring Saturday evening, the stage at Phoenix Center for the Arts was brimming with pride and confidence as the First Place–Phoenix…

October 2018

As any parent understands, seeing a child flourish makes your spirits fly. That’s the same feeling we have at First Place–Phoenix as we watch residents thrive. Lindsey Eaton, one of…

October 2018

The beautiful plans for First Place–Phoenix were approved in the summer of 2016 with complete sets of drawings and the oh-so-critical financing and permits in place. Final bids from subcontractors…

October 2018

After exploring and evaluating dozens of opportunities, First Place® AZ made serious offers for the acquisition of two parcels of land prior to the purchase of the 1.4 acres where…

October 2018

My older sister Debbie and I played under this very tree more than 50 years ago. Our home, our street and the neighbor’s house seemed so much bigger back then….

September 2018

Next month, Matt will be transitioning to First Place–Phoenix as his new home. The past few months have been more like day camp in advance of this big-step, sleep-away adventure….

September 2018

One of the biggest and most consistent challenges over the years has been the process of creating a property for everyone, taking into consideration individual levels of need, resources and…

August 2018

I drafted the first strategic plan on housing in 1999—just two years after co-founding the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC)—but our first published research didn’t follow until a…

August 2018

We’re thrilled to welcome 30 new residents to First Place–Phoenix since our opening last month and plan to welcome many others in the weeks and months ahead. Needless to say,…

August 2018

Natural light shines brightly into First Place–Phoenix. Every apartment has multiple windows, including one in each of the 79 bedrooms. Natural light is just one of the important features thoughtfully…

July 2018

The next time you’re at the grocery store, spend a few extra minutes in the bread aisle and take note of the seemingly infinite selection. As kids some 50 years…

July 2018

Leasing activity for the First Place Apartments has been underway for the past several months leading up to this month’s opening of First Place–Phoenix. A limited number of our 55…

July 2018

First Place–Phoenix is buzzing with 30 new apartment residents and First Place Transition Academy students. A full range of emotions is ever-present, along with the excitement, adrenaline and to-do lists…

July 2018

Just saying those words gives me a big case of the butterflies! In preparation for this momentous time in our family history, I’ve been reviewing lists upon lists, including reports,…

June 2018

Managing expectations is important for us all. As much as we’ve been preparing for the reality of First Place® AZ for nearly two decades through research, planning and design, our…

June 2018

By Denise D. Resnik, Matt’s Mom Co-Founder of SARRC and Founder/President/CEO of First Place®AZ Our son Matt just celebrated his 27th birthday. Times like these make us pause and reflect…

June 2018

Dear First Place Residents, My name is Lindsey Eaton and I am a member of First Place Resident Advisory Committee.  I will also live at First Place Phoenix. What drew…

May 2018

After an exciting, jam-packed week, the very first Transition Academy participants can now call themselves graduates! Last Wednesday, the graduates were honored at a special convocation ceremony and lunch at…

November 2017

First Place AZ hosted a Global Leadership Institute Symposium Oct. 25-27, 2017 to provide service providers, developers, educators and families with information on building a supportive community, to include fundraising…

October 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrLrDNG1Z9M&feature=youtu.beThanks to Dr. Harold Reitman at Different Brains for the recent conversation about housing options for adults with autism. First Place covered a range of topics such as empowering adults, creating a community, setting…

September 2017

The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL) Real Estate Services recently received a loan from the City of Phoenix’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program for the installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV)…

August 2017

By Denise Resnik, Matt’s mom; originally posted on Different Brains  In 1993, we were one of those families. At age 2, our son had just received a diagnosis of autism….

May 2017

On April 26, 2017, we welcomed a group of leaders from across the U.S. (and Australia!). Together, we experienced the supportive community of Greater Phoenix. These pioneering leaders, families and…

March 2017

By Denise Resnik, Matt’s mom; originally posted on Different Brains  While Dr. Seuss was very much part of my childhood, I never memorized or retained more than a few lines…

December 2016

Here is media coverage from the December 6, 2016 groundbreaking for First Place-Phoenix. First Place®AZ held a ceremony for the construction launch of First Place-Phoenix, a new $15 million residential property for…