ADAMS House Founder – Dan Hill (Center)
ADAMS House, is a program designed to help men with drug and alcohol problems turn their lives around. For nine years, the program has provided a structured living environment and second chances at life. Dan Hill, who struggled with drug and alcohol problems himself, founded Alcohol and Drug Afflicted Men’s Stabilization House in 2005. It was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in July, 2009.
At ADAMS HOUSE our goal is to provide a structured living environment and transitional employment opportunities for homeless, drug and alcohol afflicted men. We assist these men (fathers, sons, brothers and husbands) to implement life-skills into a daily living practice. A.D.A.M.S HOUSE enables them to recreate their lives and become useful and accountable to themselves, their families, and the community in which they live.
When a man enters ADAMS HOUSE, he leaves his past on the front porch; it no longer owns him but is not forgotten as he helps the next man who comes through the doors. Once inside, he becomes part of the A.D.A.M.S. HOUSE family. Each house has 5 or 6 residents who create a home where there is respect, support, and a brotherhood.
But, what makes ADAMS HOUSE unique is the Life Skills Program that consists of Recovery from drugs and alcohol, Domestic Education, Vocational Training, and Financial Management. A.D.A.M.S. HOUSE is not just a place to sleep. The program turns homeless, drug and alcoholic men into sober, wage earning, tax paying adults. They are often reunited with their families, buy homes, and start businesses.
The recovery program gives men who have drug or alcohol addiction a place to live where they can be surrounded by sobriety and support. The residents are guided through a detailed program that helps them get their finances back in order, learn budgeting, and teaches them responsibility.
The first is a 12-step recovery program, in which the men are expected to participate to help reach sobriety.
The second component involves domestic education. That includes a business meeting every Sunday at which the men discuss the last week’s business and plan for the upcoming week’s chores. If a resident fails to come home and to carry out his responsibilities, the other men in the home will determine the consequences. If they are unable to do so, the decision will be left up to the staff.
The third component is occupational education. Men must begin working a steady job, enroll in higher education, or volunteer a specified number of hours within 90 days of entering the program. The final component is budgeting. The program is operated by Mr. Hill with several other volunteers: a programming coordinator and a case manager. ADAMS House is supported by private donors and various fund-raisers. Men who have jobs and can contribute financially to the house help by paying rent.
According to an outcomes study performed in 2010 by Kelly Grover, a Lucas County social worker, and Shawn Dowling, who has worked in the field of chemical dependency and mental illness, 90 percent of 11 A.D.A.M.S. House alumni who lived there in 2007 have remained sober. Prior to entering ADAMS House, 64 percent of those graduates had tried other outpatient recovery programs and did not remain sober, the study found.
A.D.A.M.S. House’s success rate is attributed to the men being surrounded by people they can relate to who have overcome drugs and alcohol.