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Community of Opportunity

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

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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Newsletter – July 2021

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 this milestone on our journey to creating a wonderfully unique and diverse community of pride, purpose and endless possibilities! “In A Different Key: The Movie” – A Mother’s Search for

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Newsletter – June 2021

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 by time to celebrate with family, friends and staff at ever-supportive GateWay Community College in Phoenix. Graduates share their insights on the experience in this video.  Special gratitude goes to

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Newsletter – May 2021

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, all COVID-19 restrictions are lifted—and residents and staff alike are quickly returning to the same bustling hub of daily living, learning and leading. We’re eager and excited to pick up

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Newsletter – April 2021

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 by so many pioneering leaders from across North America and around the world—representing 30 states and six countries—is a testament to the continued commitment to fuel a new generation of

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