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Help us ensure that housing options for people with autism and other neuro-diversities are as bountiful as they are for everyone else.

Why First Place?

Approximately 50,000 individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) turn 18 each year in the United States. We are today where senior housing was 50 years ago—and look at the plethora of choices the marketplace has developed for seniors. We have a burgeoning special population in need of homes and services that must transcend outdated and limited models. We need new models that match the interests and needs of individuals with the right property location, design and amenities rooted in communities everywhere. A new generation of dynamic housing models is only possible by collectively tapping private, public, philanthropic and nonprofit interests.


First Place AZ, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.
Tax I.D. # 46-1722227​

Donate by Mail

  • Make checks payable to First Place AZ 
  • Mail to Denise D. Resnik, CEO
    3001 North Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Donate Online

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  • Payments are processed through PayPal (you do not need to have or create a PayPal account to donate).

Independent Living

Help continue our mission to maximize independence, community connections, personal enrichment and quality of life.

Building Life Skills

Guide adults with autism to grow their capacity to live independently through transitional housing, life skills and vocational training.

Innovative Solutions

Offer specialized training and certification programs to exponentially increase the number of high-quality, well-trained and credentialed direct support service providers.

Future Leaders

Develop leaders in the fields of education, training, research and services for adults age 18 and older with autism and other neuro-diversities.

Every Donation Counts

Give a lot or a little! Your donation will help us build a better future for those with autism and other special abilities.

In-Kind Donations

We welcome in-kind support, too. If you have services or products to contribute to First Place, please contact us.