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

Newsletter – November 2021

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 all the fixings—and watching a Netflix favorite! In keeping with our year-round Kind It Forward® activities, residents recently packed Thanksgiving dinner boxes for delivery to Child Crisis AZ. First Place

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Acting—and Feeling—My Age

“What age would you be if you didn’t know what age you were?” –Satchel Paige, American Baseball Player As I celebrate my birthday today, I’m inclined to reflect on my younger, early-30s self. Knees that carried me on long runs. Dark brown hair with just a hint of gray that added professional maturity to interactions with PR clients. Skin that

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Using Peripheral Vision to Move Your Vision Forward

A big vision can be inspiring—and a magnet for like-minded pioneers on the same path. Consider a healthcare model where no one goes untreated or is medically misunderstood because of a diagnosis of autism or other neurodiversity. That’s our big vision at the First Place Global Leadership Institute. This brief video shares more about initiatives underway through recently launched programs at First Place–Phoenix,

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Newsletter – September 2021

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, families, staff and partners for this huge milestone that has set us on a path of building “a diverse community of pride, purpose and endless possibilities.” 10th Symposium a Milestone

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Building Community with All the Right Pieces

Have you ever dumped out one of those Lego kits to build something with your child? All those pieces seem overwhelming until you realize with relief that there are illustrations along with step-by-step instructions to guide you. But what happens when you’ve added a piece that doesn’t belong or you forgot? We’ve all felt the frustration of having to deconstruct

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Newsletter – August 2021

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 of research and community-building know-how, along with experiences and strategies for navigating opportunities and challenges inherent in real estate and community development.  Take advantage of a powerful and in-depth three-day

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