Blogs

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June 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…

February 2015

Our mission to enhance quality of life that leads to more independent living options stretches far beyond the heart of Greater Phoenix, home to our first First Place property. What…

February 2015

Matt Sedwick and his mom, Shelley Donald, are working hard to prepare for Matt’s independence, life at First Place and beyond. Check out this story and beautiful collection of images…

December 2014

The early years before and after an autism diagnosis are busy. Many kids nowadays – our son Hayes included – are diagnosed before age 3. Before you hear the life-changing…

December 2014

Lauren spoke at SARRC’s 15th Annual Community Breakfast in 2013 and the 1,800 people in attendance responded with a standing ovation. She’s a remarkable and courageous young woman. I am…

December 2014

The components of First Place fit together like puzzle pieces, forming a clear vision of a bright future, and the path to get there. Live. Learn. Lead. When you drill…

November 2014

At first glance, First Place is like any other building—it has a blueprint and the basic building blocks that make up a structure, with rooms and places for activities. Sitting…

November 2014

Open. Four letters and a simple meaning. Open embraces and invites. It conjures opportunity and newness. And for many who may have feared closed doors, the fact that new ones…

November 2014

Check out this four-minute film about First Place, which reports on our big vision and exciting progress.

November 2014

Every place that holds a special spot in our hearts has a story. For me, the story of First Place begins with Matt Resnik. I was a green and eager…