Medical Respite Center

Welcome to Circle the City!
Circle the City is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides integrative health services to men, women, and children facing homelessness in Maricopa County. Incorporated in 2008, Circle the City embraces patients with compassionate medical care and meaningful human services to aid their journey toward healthy, independent living. Founder and President Sister Adele O'Sullivan, CSJ, MD, established the organization after identifying gaps in the healthcare services available to homeless individuals during her work as a physician provider for more than a decade with Maricopa County's Health Care for the Homeless program.

Circle the City has rallied federal and local funders, donors, healthcare professionals, and volunteers around its mission and, as a result, now offers a continuum of healthcare services that were previously unavailable to Maricopa County's homeless population.

Service areas include: 
  • Circle the City Medical Respite Center: Located at 333 W. Indian School Road in Phoenix, this 50-bed medical facility provides supervised medical care for homeless adults, and includes a team of case managers and volunteer patient advocates who work to connect patients with housing and other social benefits after discharge. By giving patients a time and place to heal, Circle the City has helped more than 650 homeless men and women recover from illnesses and injuries and has discharged approximately 80% of those individuals to living situations other than the streets or emergency shelter system.
  • The Parsons Family Health Center: Located at 3522 N. 3rd Avenue in Phoenix, this homeless-focused facility provides comprehensive primary care services as well as integrated psychiatric care, behavioral health therapy, and case management services. Circle the City opened the outpatient health center to address the gap in primary care and preventative healthcare for individuals and families journeying through homelessness, and to ensure that medical respite center patients have access to ongoing primary care services after they are discharged.
  • Mobile Medical Clinic Outreach: Circle the City is maximizing the geographic outreach of The Parsons Family Health Center by providing access to primary care services through a two-exam room mobile clinic that rotates through areas with a high density of homeless individuals and families. Between the fixed site and the mobile clinic, Circle the City will cumulatively serve more than 4,500 unique individuals via approximately 13,000 annual visits.
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team: To further its mission to help end homelessness through high-quality, integrative healthcare, Circle the City is partnering with Mercy Maricopa Integrated Care on Arizona's first homeless-focused Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team. This multi-disciplinary mental health team conducts street outreach to identify 100 of the most seriously mentally ill people experiencing homelessness and provide them with psychiatric support; nursing care; case management; substance-abuse intervention; employment support; independent living skills; and housing assistance. 
For more information about Circle the City's programs and services, please contact 602-776-9000. 
Third Thursday Tours
Please join us at the Medical Respite Center on the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. for a tour of the facility and a question and answer session about Circle the City's operations. Light refreshments are provided and printed materials are available. Please RSVP to

New Website Launching Soon!

We are excited to launch our new website, which will include information about our different facilities and a comprehensive listing of healthcare services, contact information, and ways to get involved with our programs. Stay tuned!