The Phoenix Rising is a homeless shelter being funded by charitable donations and being run by Sally Mason. The Phoenix Rising is deeply connected to the The Druids, and many of the homeless who frequent the shelter have minor talents or magical awareness. Usually, normal shelters take this to mean that these people are crazy, but the Phoenix Rising is more open minded. That isn’t to say that all the people who frequent the establishment are sane— often far from it— but Sally has taken measures to keep the unstable patrons from being able to harm the others. Runes are etched into the floor and walls to dispell magic and heavy wards are placed around the building to protect the people inside from outside assault. The facility is also considered Accorded Neutral Ground— a project that took Sally many years to successfully complete since she is not a full-fledged Accorded person.
The main floor of the building is an open dining room with a soup kitchen behind a half-wall. There is a basement with bunk beds and cribs for people who need a place to sleep. The second story consists of classrooms where basic job skills, parenting classes, AA (and other Anonymous programs) sessions, and group therapy meetings are held. There is a security force at the front door. This force is made up of security professionals from Harmonia Security Specialists, a group of individuals with some significant magical knowledge. There is a metal detector inside the building to make sure no one brings in any traditional weapons and needles. This isn’t fool-proof (magical weapons and non-metal weapons have been known to slip through), and while spellcasters have a tendency to break the thing down, no one comes in unless the machine is operating and the security guards can pat them down. Fortunately, it’s a hardy old peice of equipment and most spellcasters know that if they can’t control their magical energy, they need to get a handle on it if they want in. Significant magical items are held in the security office under their own specialized wards so they are returned to their proper owners at the appropriate time.