Adsum Centre, located in Lakeside, is a communal, residential living environment that provides support and programming to 16 women and their children. The focus is on addressing barriers that have resulted in homelessness.
Applicants must make a minimum six-month commitment and are permitted to stay up to 12 months to pursue personal goals toward positive, independent living.
Adsum Centre is staffed 24/7, and up to four women (or a combination of four women and children) share a kitchen, living room, bathroom and back porch. The women also share many of the household responsibilities, working as a group and independently on life skills like grocery shopping, meal planning, cooking, cleaning and communication.
Adsum Centre offers a half-day core program that operates on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. In addition, evening programs are offered based on the expressed needs of residents. These programs focus on life management skills like budgeting, nutrition, communication, exercise, advocacy, education and employability. Specific examples include parenting, yoga, art classes, literacy, arithmetic and computer skills.
Group and individual supportive counseling is also available and staff assist women in connecting with existing community resources.
Adsum Centre works on a self-referral basis. The application process involves two interviews and a tour of the Centre.
Interview 1 looks at Adsum Centre's communal living guidelines and describes, in detail, the commitment women must make in order to reside there. Applicants are then given a worksheet to help in forming short and long-term goals.
Interview 2 happens once an applicant has expressed an interest in making the required commitment and has prepared short and long-term goals to discuss with staff. This happens at Adsum Centre and is followed by a tour of the facility.
If the communal environment seems to be a good fit for the applicant, and space is available, a move-in date would then be arranged.
Are you wondering if Adsum Centre is the right place for you?
To learn more, please contact Adsum Centre directly at (902) 876-5011 or by email at email@example.com. Staff can fax or email the admission criteria, or discuss it with you over the phone.