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Tackling on multiple fronts the complex issue of housing for a growing special needs population.

Newsletter – November 2022

In a Different Key PBS National premiere December 13 Tune into your local PBS station December 13 for the premiere of the award-winning documentary In a Different Key about the first-ever child diagnosed with autism, now an 89-year-old man living in Forest, Mississippi. The film is based on the 2016 Pulitzer-prize finalist book of the same name written by renowned

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Newsletter – October 2022

One First Leads to the Next at 11th Global Leadership Institute Symposium We took many significant steps forward together at this year’s symposium held in person in Phoenix and via webinar. Participants joined us for an agenda packed with local and national experts in the fields of autism and intellectual/developmental disabilities, housing, healthcare and employment. We’re especially grateful to keynote

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How a Centuries-Old Art Form Helps Build and Bond Today’s Communities

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO, First Place® AZ From the earliest days of designing First Place–Phoenix, we used the concept of kintsugi—the Japanese art of golden repair—to describe our approach to creating, developing and connecting home and community. Kintsugi is a centuries-old art form. The artist smashes a perfect piece of pottery and then repairs it with gold

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Newsletter – September 2022

“One First Leads to the Next” Join us October 19–21 for the 11th First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium to share your next first. “One first leads to the next…” Join us October 19–21 for the 11th First Place Global Leadership Institute Symposium to share your next first, whether it be in housing, community development, healthcare, employment—or something completely new!

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The Power of We:
Building Community for All

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO, First Place® AZ While we celebrate personal and communal feats, we are also humbly aware that we don’t always get it right the first time—or the second. But we keep persevering, knowing we have all the motivation in the world to attain the goal of building supportive home and community options and self-perpetuating

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Managing Turbulence—in the Air and on the Ground

By Denise D. Resnik, Founder & President/CEO, First Place® AZ If you’ve been airborne or on the ground these past few years, you’ve experienced turbulence. I was reminded of this on a recent flight, and again after reading this CNN story about clear air turbulence. While not an avid airline passenger, I am married to an aviation enthusiast. We travel

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