Resources and recreation for residents of First Place.
Community life at First Place is robust and vibrant, contributing to residents’ overall quality of life. 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.
At First Place, shared experiences and collective memories help build an authentic, active community life and culture. Our scheduled weekly activities focus on health, well-being, arts and culture, recreation and community connections. Here’s a sample of what residents can take part in on a weekly basis.
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 much more! First Place is a hub of activity with the daily comings and goings of residents, including First Place Transition Academy participants, as they head off to work, study, volunteer, shop or recreate.
The First Place Kind It Forward campaign is contributing to the community in innovative, exciting ways. We’re thrilled with the enthusiastic and creative participation of residents in volunteer and other community life activities offering ways for them to build skills and, importantly, build relationships. What started as a proactive response to coexisting with and navigating COVID-19 has turned into this fun, creative program. We currently recognize there’s much we CAN’T do, so we’re focused on what we CAN do to support those in need through Kind It Forward “virtual volunteering” projects as we continue to broaden our community of pride, purpose and endless possibilities.
Via LifeLoop, residents can participate by signing up for recreation and entertainment outings, as well as monthly arts and culture, home and lifestyle, and food and culinary events.
Families and guardians can also view upcoming events on LifeLoop. Then they can review what their loved ones attended, as well as accompanying photos.
Thanks to public, private and charitable support, First Place–Phoenix connects residents to jobs and volunteer work, along with retail, restaurants, recreation, arts and culture, fun and a variety of venues for continuing education.
The First Place Council of Resident Engagement, or CORE, comprises resident leaders who inspire and enrich the community by providing input while working closely with their neighbors to give all First Place residents “a voice and a choice.”
CORE members serve as positive role models, friendly residents and kind neighbors. Members also promote participation in community life and model important values such as kindness, respect and compassion.
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 offers 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.