New center for the homeless who are recuperating from injury or illness

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by Steve Bodinet

azfamily.com

Posted on September 28, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 28 at 6:00 PM

PHOENIX -- Imagine how hard it would be to be released from the hospital and have no home to go to as you struggled to heal. That's what those who live on the street are faced with. 

Helen Reed, who is ill with liver disease, said trying to recuperate on the street after a hospital visit is almost impossible. She said it's hard to find a place to rest where you're not being bothered or worried about being hurt.

Soon, Reed and others who are down on their luck will have a place to heal that offers clean beds, healthy food and medical care. It's the new Circle the City Respite Center at 333 W. Indian School Road, which will have room for 50 homeless men and women.

"It's a dream come true," said Sister Adele O'Sullivan, medical director of Circle the City who is affectionately know as the Angel of the Streets. 

Sister O'Sullivan has worked for years to help those down on their luck.

"We need to meet people where they are in their lives," she said. "And that's what this center is all about."

Reed said the new center is the work of angels and is a blessing to the homeless who are trying to recuperate from illness or injury.

Circle the City relies on donations and volunteers and are always in need of more help.

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