Circle the City, a non-profit community health organization dedicated to providing high quality, holistic healthcare to people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County, is opening a new 50-bed Medical Respite Center on the Maricopa Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix.
The facility will feature 50 new mattresses, a newly remodeled kitchen that will accommodate dietary restrictions for patients and a 10-exam room outpatient clinic serving vulnerable men, women and children experiencing homelessness in the community.
Circle the City CEO Brandon Clark said, “It can be compared to an impatient residential level of service for people transitioning out of the hospital. If you and I are would typically go home and get care from friends and loved ones. Homeless people have nowhere to go to receive that care.”
With the downtown expansion, the organization hopes to serve more than 7,000 people who annually seek assistance. “When all of these elements come together we believe we have the opportunity to address holistically physical, mental, emotional, spiritual care, and give each person the best chance of recovery and escaping homelessness entirely,” Clark said.
According to its website, Circle the City was founded by Sister Adele O’ Sullivan of Saint Joseph of Carondelet. Sister Adele stashed away donated funds while working as a family physician serving the homeless and eventually garnered enough support from the city to incorporate as an independent 501C3. The organization’s first homeless medical respite center was constructed around 2011 in Central Phoenix.