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.
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. 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 Council of Resident Engagement, or CORE, 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 a choice.” A full calendar of daily, weekly and monthly activities and events reflects resident input and interests. Communal spaces on various floors include the AZ Cardinals Game Room, GoodLife Fitness Room, Zen Room and Cox Entrepreneurial Spot. These special spaces offer residents the opportunity to socialize with friends and neighbors outside of planned activities.
At First Place, shared experiences and collective memories are building an authentic, active community life and culture. Consider these weekly happenings: Meditation Monday, Taco Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday, Feel Good Friday, Lucky Strike Saturday (bowling) and Sunday Brunch. There’s also bingo night (called in four languages by one of our residents!) and barbecues on the patio at Joey’s Grill.
First Place community life programs also include:
Lifelong Networks for Communities of Support, or LNCS, is a group of family members of adults with autism and other special abilities who are committed to connecting and coaching families. LNCS support is focused on achieving action-oriented outcomes that pave the way to independent living for adults and peace of mind for their families. LNCS also guides families to vital information and resources.
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.