Community. Relationship. Hope.

The Phoenix Daytime Drop-in Center "rose from the ashes" of a vacant Neil Street bar with that name in the summer of 2014. The idea behind the Phoenix was to provide a downtown Champaign space where anyone without a home during the day could "drop in" to get out of the weather, access resources, or simply enjoy the company of others. The Phoenix moved to its current location at 70 E. Washington Street in the Fall of 2018.

The Phoenix is a place volunteers from the community can connect with the individuals we serve. It is open from noon-5pm Monday-Friday with additional hours during extreme heat and cold weather. The Phoenix serves as a place where mail can be picked up and connections can be made with local social services organizations.

Other services include program intake & case management; shower & laundry facilities; monthly on-site health care clinics; computer resource center; creative activities & Bible studies. Snacks and personal hygiene products are always on hand, and warm clothing items are available during cold months.

Be a Friend at The Phoenix

Each day at The Phoenix, our friends from the community join us for a few hours and help out. Helping out looks a lot like just spending time with our friends without addresses. There are games and cards to play, in addition to musical instruments and art supplies. No special skills are required, though if you have a unique skill set that you are willing to share, this is an excellent way to figure out how to be of service.

So many of those that come in weekly have had life-changing experiences themselves just by talking and hanging out here in the center. No appointment or call is necessary to come in and visit, however, if you have a group of more than five people, please let us know by calling 217-819-4569.

Emergency Warming and Cooling

If the weather becomes extremely hot or extremely cold, The Phoenix opens for emergency warming or cooling hours. The Phoenix normally opens from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for these situations, but the hours may be different as it is decided on a case by case basis.

As the winter season approaches, we welcome friends from the community to come and spend time with us before or after work hours. It is helpful to have friends that are willing to be "on call" for emergency warming hours. If this interests you, please contact us. We would love to have you join us!