Sister Adele O’Sullivan, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet who is a medical doctor, examines a patient at the Maricopa Health Care for the Homeless clinic in Phoenix in this 2005 file photo.

Sr. Adele O’Sullivan, a sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet and a medical doctor, was honored by The Phoenix Business Journal Aug. 21 with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Sr. Adele, president and medical director of Circle the City, which provides health care for the homeless, was honored alongside Dr. Thomas Minas, founder of Buena Vista Ophthalmologists.

Sr. Adele has dedicated her life to caring for the homeless. She’s in the process of establishing a respite center for homeless men, women and children to recover from illness.

Circle the City is a community-based, grass-roots organization founded four years ago by Sr. Adele’s religious order. The Respite Care Center would receive as many as 50 patients in dorm-like settings. Clients would stay from three to six weeks, as is the case in most respite centers.  Case managers would then try to find homes for the clients to cut down on the number discharged back to homelessness.