It is truly amazing to see the resources our community provides for the underserved. This month, we are highlighting Circle the City (CTC), a nonprofit community health organization with a mission to “create and deliver innovative healthcare solutions that compassionately address the needs of men, women and children facing homelessness.” In 2008, Sister Adele O’Sullivan, CSJ, MD, founded CTC after decades of working as a physician serving the homeless. Today, over 10,000 individuals experiencing homelessness will receive care from one of CTC’s sites across the Phoenix metro area.
How do they do it? Whether it’s an outpatient practice, CTC’s own 50-bed medical respite facilities, or an innovative mobile clinic, both walk-in and scheduled care appointments are provided to those living in poverty. The wide variety of services include medical evaluation of illness and injury, prenatal and pediatric care including well-child visits, evaluation and management of chronic disease, immunizations, mental health and substance abuse consultation, social services including assistance with ID’s and housing as well as wellness classes and other group-based therapies.
The mobile clinic is one of the city’s most creative solutions to better meet the healthcare needs of people experiencing homelessness who may not be able to access the family health centers. Circle the City has deployed a team of mobile health providers throughout Maricopa County, where clinicians work out of a 2-exam room mobile clinic and partner with a variety of organizations to bring much-needed healthcare services to emergency shelters, transitional homes, soup kitchens, food banks and even homeless camps.
In addition to the seemingly endless list of services CTC provides, they run a pet therapy program as well. Volunteer Gail Barker, and her dog Edward, have been so effective in the program, that they were awarded the Judi Award for Volunteer of the Year in 2016. Development Coordinator Evert Moreno describes Gail and Edward’s efforts as each encounter with patients being “a moment where pain and suffering took a back seat to comfort and connection.”
Click the link below to watch an inspiring video featuring a recipient of Circle the City’s services!
On March 23rd, 2019, Circle the City is hosting its 14th annual Garden Tea & Silent Auction Fundraiser. The event includes brunch, a silent auction, and touching patient testimonials. Please visit https://circlethecity.ejoinme.org/gardentea2019 for more information or to purchase tickets.
Circle the City is founded on compassion and care, and Give Garden is proud to partner with them! Please consider choosing CTC as your fundraising recipient when you sign up. Know that you can also rotate your fundraising recipient monthly, so you are able to give to multiple charities to spread the love.