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Good Grief, What a Performance! On a recent delightful spring Saturday evening, the stage at Phoenix Center for the Arts…

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Coaching • Connecting • Creating Confidence in the Future We’re excited to share that Lifelong Networks for Communities of Support (LNCS) sessions are back! LNCS is a group of parents…

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2022: First Place’s Year of Adventure! First Place–Phoenix residents and Transition Academy students recently experienced their first Adventure Club outing. The group donned boxing gloves and enjoyed an afternoon of…

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Welcome to the First Holiday Tour of Doors! First Place–Phoenix’s Holiday Tour of Doors was a bright and cheery success! Residents and Transition Academy students had a blast getting festive…

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Happy Thanksgiving from First Place! Everyone is preparing for a fabulous First Place feast, including baking pumpkin pies, tuning in to the annual Thanksgiving parade, enjoying a turkey dinner with…

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September marks three years since our public housewarming event at First Place–Phoenix. Members from our amazing and ever-growing, supportive community came together full of hope to support First Place residents,…

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2021 Fall Symposium—Our 10th! Join us for the 10th semi-annual First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium, Oct. 13–15, delivered via webinar and in person. All participants will benefit from decades…

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This month marks our third year since opening doors to First Place–Phoenix in July 2018. Here’s to the amazing residents, their families and First Place staff for bringing us to…

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Congrats to the First Place Transition Academy Class of 2021! Congratulations to members of our fifth graduating class, who enthusiastically participated in this month’s in-person and Zoom convocation ceremony, followed…

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Pandemic Restrictions—and Our Hearts—Are Lifted! The long-awaited announcement of the reopening of First Place community spaces has arrived! Considering a large percentage of our community has been vaccinated, effective immediately,…

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Spring Symposium Attendees Visit the Past—and Focus on the Future We’re thrilled with the success of the ninth Global Leadership Institute Symposium earlier this month. Participation and presentations via webinar…

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Spring Symposium Theme: “Look back. Drive the future…” The ninth First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium is just around the corner! Join us April 7 and 8 to hear from…

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April Symposium Webinar—You’re Invited! The ninth First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium webinar is just around the corner! Join us April 7–8 to hear from pioneers in housing and community…

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Halloween Is Always Happy at First Place! 🎃 Halloween is always a hit at First Place–Phoenix! This year, residents and Transition Academy students decorated one-of-a-kind pumpkins with the help of…

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Kindness All Year Long at First Place First Place’s Summer of Kindness program is steadily moving into fall with the goal of kindness in our lives year-round! Our Kind It…

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Festive First Week at the Transition Academy It’s been a busy time at the First Place Transition Academy with the kick-off of the fall 2020 semester and the many events…

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New Sculpture Adds Flair to First Place–Phoenix First Place–Phoenix is the proud new owner of a magnificent, modern Michael Johnson steel sculpture, thanks to the generous donation by Carol Swagel….

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Transition Academy on Track for Fall Plans are moving forward for freshmen to begin the fall 2020 Transition Academy program in early August. Enrollment will be capped at 18 participants…

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First Place Transition Academy Program Moving Forward—But First…Congrats, Graduates! Plans are underway for freshmen to begin the fall 2020 Transition Academy program in early August. Enrollment will be capped at…

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Global Leadership Institute Webinar a Success We’re pleased to report that last week’s two-day First Place Global Leadership Institute Webinar accomplished our goal to stay connected and share information on…

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Message from the Founder & President/CEO Now more than ever, we are reminded of the Golden Rule, recognizing the impact of our every move and decision. To protect ourselves and…

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An Enchanting “Night to Shine” Who can forget prom night? It’s a time to dress up, dance, celebrate with friends and peers—and feel special. But what if you never had…

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What Keeps You Going? If you’re Denise Resnik, it’s a special family, including a son with autism, a supportive community—and a very big vision. This month’s blog by First Place…