Newsletter – February 2021

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 development—and learn how to make your big vision a reality.

The two-day webinar, with the theme of Look back. Drive the future…, will focus on a greater understanding of the needs and interests of adults with autism and other neurodiversities and the nonlinear path to real estate and community development that can help you save time and money—and stay the course! 

 Click here for more information and to register.

First Place Takes American Heart Month to Heart

In honor of #AmericanHeartMonth, Paula Banahan, president and CEO of the Arizona Heart Foundation and Julia’s mom, joined First Place–Phoenix residents and Transition Academy students throughout the month of February for various sessions on heart health. Discussion included different parts and functions of the heart, why heart disease is a serious condition, heart-healthy diets and how to keep their hearts healthy through easy lifestyle changes. Everyone enjoyed American Heart Month learning about and how to take care of their hearts—and why it’s important to be heart healthy. After all, you only have one! 💓

Take a Tour and See Why We’re the Place for That.®

We’ve lined up a variety of March and April dates for virtual tours of First Place–Phoenix. Join us for a firsthand look at this unique, modern property and the many supports and amenities offered to residents with autism, Down syndrome and other neurodiversities seeking opportunities for more independent living in a connected, supportive community. Leasing is ongoing.

Applications are also available for the fall 2021 First Place Transition Academy, a structured two-year residential program focused on building independent living and career-readiness skills. Reserve your spot for a tour and Q&A session today—space is limited!

Everyone Can Be “Free to Be!”

Kicking off 2021 with an emphasis on the mindfulness part of health and wellness, First Place Community Life has added a new weekly series of self-discovery and self-awareness workshops called “Free to Be!” During a recent activity, First Place–Phoenix residents and Transition Academy students wrote out truths about themselves to remind them that they are incredible individuals with a lot to give. Check out what makes our residents so unique and amazing!

First Place: The Story of a Mother’s Love

First Place AZ Founder and President/CEO Denise D. Resnik was recently featured in an Iconic Life story about the creation of First Place. Denise describes how a mother’s unconditional love and dedication became the driving force to develop an innovative, supportive housing community—and the Greater Phoenix community, too!

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