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March 2017
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Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Grants $1.43M to First Place

The grant advances a $21.3 million comprehensive capital campaign to build First Place–Phoenix. The campaign also includes start-up operating funding and has made the operation of a beta site possible for the First Place Transition Academy since 2015. “First Place–Phoenix demonstrates how to enhance quality of life by harnessing the power of thoughtful community design. Its comprehensive approach is well-suited for fostering social cohesion and resilience in our community,” says Susan Pepin, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Read more.

New First Place Website

Next month, we'll launch our new user-friendly website, which will make it easier for you to learn the latest and find what you're looking for as a potential student, resident, donor or collaborator. Special thanks to Neal Lumantarna of Crefio, our talented web designer, for his beautiful design, guidance and support! 


Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Month

April is Autism Awareness Month! There are many ways to express your support next month. Autism Speaks started the Light It Up Blue campaign, which encourages you to spread awareness by dressing in blue, many landmarks around the world also go blue on April 2! For a list of companies and organizations committed to employing individuals with autism, including SMILE Biscotti which is "Lighting It Up Blue with SMILE's" this April, check out this page.

First Place to Host April Symposium

First Place Leadership Institute is hosting a symposium April 26-28, sponsored by its Center for Real Estate and Community Development. The symposium includes workshops and tours of the supportive Phoenix community. Visit the Symposium RSVP page for more info. Limited space is available.


Adult, Autistic
and Ignored

Fantastic New York Times article reminding us why the creation of places like First Place is so important. Together, we can create more choices, positive outcomes and greater peace of mind for families.
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