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Community Life

Resources for participants and residents of First Place.

Community life within and beyond First Place.

Community Life at First Place is robust and vibrant, contributing to the overall quality of life of residents. The First Place Community Life Plan—rooted in our core values of kindness, wellness, personal growth and fun—is guided by the individuals who live here. They help plan residential life, events and activities, as well as help us shape policies and procedures. From the concierge to support staff, each member of the First Place team is trained to promote the culture of Community Life for all residents to enjoy. 

The First Place Residential Advisory Council comprises resident leaders who work closely with their neighbors, First Place management and other staff members, as well as community partners, giving all First Place residents a “voice and choice.” A full calendar of daily, weekly and monthly activities and events is created based on resident input and interest. Communal spaces on various floors include the Game Room, Fitness Room, Zen Room and Entrepreneurial Room, offering residents the opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors outside of planned activities. 

Quality Community Life extends far beyond the physical walls of the First Place Apartments as residents step out into the urban Phoenix community, where First Place has cultivated an extended network of supportive relationships with a variety of community partners. These partnerships serve residents by creating welcoming environments and opportunities for employment, education, recreation, health and wellness, arts and culture—and more.

Community Life programs include: 

  • First to Welcome You
  • Annual Celebration of Firsts
  • First to the Table (Culinary)
  • First Place, First Time (Arts & Culture)
  • Lifelong Networks for Communities of Support (LNCS)
  • ….and more!

Upcoming Events

First to the Table

Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation provided seed funding for a collection of healthy cooking courses for adults with autism and other special abilities to learn independent living skills. First to the Table will offer cooking courses at the First Place–Phoenix culinary teaching kitchens, which can be viewed in-home. Special thanks to Cheryl Najafi and Everyday Dishes for kicking off the kitchen and cooking lessons, and to Great Scott Productions for the films.

LNCS Recordings

LNCS comprises family members of adults with autism and other special abilities committed to connecting and coaching families to achieve action-oriented outcomes that pave the road to independent living for adults and peace of mind for their families. LNCS seeks to educate families about available services and support options enabling access to vital information and expertise. Our goal is to provide support and coaching as parents and other family members navigate the action-oriented program.