Circle the City offers a wide variety of healthcare to meet the individual needs of men, women, and children that are facing homelessness in Maricopa County, Arizona. Services are provided at our Medical Respite Centers, and health centers as well as out in the field with our mobile and street medicine teams. Our trained staff is always looking for new and innovative ways to help those in need. Over 10 years of experience and commitment have earned Circle the City recognition for providing healthcare to individuals facing homelessness.
Circle the City is the vision of our founder, Sister Adele O’Sullivan, CSJ, MD. After her initial career as a pharmacist, Sister Adele and her community, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, recognized greater healthcare needs in underserved populations. Sister Adele then earned her medical degree from the University of Arizona in 1984 and returned as a doctor to care for people living on the street.
During that time, Sister Adele noticed a lack of sanitary conditions for wound care, challenges with medication management, and the lack of a place for people to rest and recover from a serious illness or injury. That inspired Sister Adele’s vision for a medical respite center for people facing homelessness. The first donations were kept in a shoebox. As donations and community support grew, Circle the City opened Arizona’s first respite center for people facing homelessness in 2012.
Today, Circle the City operates two medical respite centers, two outpatient healthcare clinics, and five mobile medical units that provide care to shelters, transitional living centers, and hard to reach areas.