Our Impact


What we do in numbers: 2017-2018

Adsum House provided:

  • 5,786 bed nights for emergency shelter for an occupancy rate of 99.1%

  • 172 unique persons, ranging in age from infancy to +70 years, with shelter and support

  • 17,880 meals to residents and visitors

  • 3,112 visits to the Deja Vu clothing room

  • 220 hours of programming

  • 52 women with household items when they moved to housing

  • 6 outdoor Free Sales open to the community

  • Bags of Christmas gifts to 110 Adsum clients and 49 children

  • Bags of Christmas toys to more than 400 children in the community and our annual community party for 155 women & children

  • Intensive Case Management support to 19 people who had experienced chronic homelessness

  • Bi-weekly on site access to a nurse from MOSH (Mobile Outreach Street Health)

Adsum Court provided:

  • 27 women and trans persons with housing, rented at 30% of their income; tenancy ranged from a few months to 20+ years

  • 800 meals prepared by residents together with staff

  • 920 hours of programming

  • 852 food bags from Feed Nova Scotia to supplement residents' groceries

  • 154 meetings with an Adsum social worker

The Alders provided:

  • 12 women and 5 children with affordable housing; tenancy ranged from 6 months to more than 5 years

  • 216 visits to the Drop-In for showers and laundry

  • 410 visits for supportive counselling, referral and advocacy

  • 118 people, including 16 children, with housing searches and support

  • 23 people, including 13 children, with support while transitioning to housing

Adsum Centre provided:

  • 29 women, youth and trans and 5 children with housing and 24-hour support

  • 762 hours of educational, therapeutic and recreational programming

  • 468 hours of one-on-one meetings to residents

  • 13 mothers with the Strengthening Parenting Skills program

  • Program and support to mothers of 14 children and to 3 pregnant women

  • 14 children with regular supervised access visits with their mothers

  • 3 children with a home when they were returned to their mother's care while residing at the Centre

  • 9 women and families with support to move on to independent housing

  • Outreach support to 14 women and 11 children; most visits were in person, bi-weekly

  • 10 women and 11 children with ongoing outreach support as they are still housed 6 months after exiting the Centre

Family Condominiums provided:

  • 4 families including 7 children, with safe, quality housing and supplemented rent to make housing affordable

  • Stability, with 1 family celebrating four years housed and 1 celebrating two years housed

  • Services and social work support as needed

  • Diverting Families from Shelter to Home provided:

  • 13 families with stable housing, including 14 adults and 26 children, in the first 7 months of the program

  • 8 families with housing without any stay, not even a day, in emergency shelter

  • 2 families with eviction prevention to stay in their homes

  • Short-term housing options and support sufficient that no child has stayed at the shelter, Adsum House, since May 2018