The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has granted $500,000 to Circle the City to help sustain and expand its mission of providing compassionate, high-quality health care to men, women and children facing homelessness. The gift kicks off Circle the City’s Year of Transformation campaign, which is aimed at driving growth in a rapidly changing health-care environment. The campaign will provide funding for the organization’s existing array of services as well as new initiatives.
The Parsons Foundation has a history of backing Circle the City’s efforts to fill critical gaps in health care for individuals experiencing homelessness. This grant brings the foundation’s total support to $3 million. A 2015 gift helped fund construction and launch of The Parsons Family Health Center, an innovative family health clinic that provides primary care, integrative behavioral health services, case management and substance-abuse intervention to homeless individuals. The program also hosts a two exam-room mobile medical clinic that carries Circle the City’s outreach efforts throughout Maricopa County.
Circle the City’s continuum of care includes a 50-bed medical respite center that opened in 2012 to provide a time and place for adults facing homelessness to heal from illnesses and injuries.
In addition to providing financial support for the organization’s existing array of innovative programs, Circle the City’s Year of Transformation campaign aims to raise $5 million to launch a second freestanding medical respite facility, a new site of primary health care for the homeless and an innovative embedded health-care pilot project in the greater Mesa area, and to enhance administrative capacity to support these initiatives. Once implemented, this growth will enable Circle the City to serve more than 10,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness each year.
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