We’re Giving Thanks for You!

A Time for Community 

While we cannot be together around a table with our young people this year, it’s times like these that make all of us at First Place especially grateful to be part of their lives.

In a year of change and challenge, our young people continue to inspire us with their resilience and determination. We are so honored to be a part of their journey, and we couldn’t do it without supporters like you.

Thank you for being a part of the First Place community.

Distanced but Connected for the Holidays

Over the last week, First Place has delivered hundreds of ready-to-eat meals to our young people, inviting them to come together for virtual Thanksgiving parties. We’ll continue offering opportunities for connection and celebration throughout the holiday season.

To see what else we’re grateful for this year, visit the Gratitude Wall!


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