at 2421 Brunswick St., Halifax , B3K 2Z4
Adsum for Women & Children is devoted to reducing homelessness and promoting independent living for youth, women and children.
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Adsum House is low on women's pjs, bras and panties. All sizes needed. Any donations are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off anytime at the front door
When work is really challenging, a letter like this reminds us of the impact we can all have on peoples' lives. It is a powerful and important story of resiliency with - in this case - a very happy new chapter. We thank D for sharing it with us. To the staff and administrators of Adsum House For as long as I can remember I have never felt like I belonged anywhere, never had a home. From my childhood home, which I suffered severe abuse at the hands of my mother and brother, through two marriages, suffering abuse during both marriages, I never felt like I was home, rather more like in prisons. Growing up I had developed an amazing way of survival. I imagined I had angels around me. Each night when I went to bed I could see these angels so clearly in my minds eye. Beautiful angels with glowing wings and halos. With bright, big smiles. they spoke to me with sweet voices, as though they were singing to me. These angels helped get me through my childhood. Had it not been for my vivid imagination, these angels, I would have failed to thrive. As entered my teen years and outgrew these fantasies...these angels... another amazing thing happened. I realized there really were angels. But these angels did not have wings and halos. They did not "hover" around and above me. These angels walked into my life. Some stayed but most didn't. They came as persons. A grade 5 teacher who tried so hard to get me to talk about what was going on at home. A best friend who cried when I cried and then helped me smile again. A doctor who realized I was suicidal without me saying a word to him. A therapist who recognized the signs of an alcoholic. And then there was the angel who helped get me through the hold my addiction had over me. These are the real angels. Every day earth people who walk among us, who enter our lives in a time of need or simply pass us on the street and smile, just when you need it most. Then a year ago the unthinkable happened. I was soon going to become homeless. All my earth angels were gone. Not only were they gone but I stopped believing in them. I stopped trusting people. I stopped having faith in humanity. There was no humanity. The day came when I had all my possessions packed and nowhere to go. I was given the phone number for Adsum House and in desperation I called. I was told there was a bed available and that I could come down. When I got there I was met by a woman who introduced herself as Vic. She had a kind smile and caring demeanor. I was feeling embarrassed and ashamed, like a failure. By the time the intake was done, I no longer felt like a failure and the shame was gone. But to be honest, I still felt very embarrassed. From that day on my life has changed...for the best. Adsum House, the staff, and administrators not only provided me with a warm bed, three good meals and more than enough snacks daily for the next 5 1/2 months, I was provided with resources I never knew existed, to to help me back on my feet. I was provided with counselling or simply someone to listen to me vent. I was even provided with pocket money for doing chores. Was even paid for making my bed. I am now in my very own apartment, which would not have happened had it not been for all of you (staff and administrators). For the first time in my entire life I feel safe...I feel like I belong somewhere...I am "home". My trust and faith in humanity is back, but most of all, my angels are back. Truth is, they never left. I turned my back on them. You have given them back. You are my earth angels. I will forever be grateful for what you have done for me and not a day shall go by that I will not thank God for putting all of you in my life. I am very happy and....I AM HOME. Thank you all!! Forever gratefully yours D
Some great news this week during snow days and clearing is the move yesterday, of one of the Adsum House shelter residents into her own apartment and starting life in a new Home.
It's Social Work Week in NS. Grateful we have many great SWs on staff. Second to none!
Hannah just called. She's been accepted into the PR program at Mount Saint Vincent University in the fall! Hooray! She's finishing Grade 12 now and has a very busy, very full life. She drops her daughter at daycare around 7 every morning, goes to school, then goes to work after classes. Hannah will be only 17 when she starts university. Talk about tenacity and resilience! She is a superstar!