Life Skills Training – ADAMS House

Life Skills Training - ADAMS House

Learning Life Skills At ADAMS House

Life Skills Necessary To Learn While In Recovery Recovery Program

  • Participating Commitment ; Resident is required to acquire a sponsor and a home group of twelve step Alcohol and/or Drug recovery base, during the thirty day restriction period of Induction into the A.D.A.M.S. House residency program (see regulations for restriction period requirement).
  • Residents are assessed one on one during their intake of residency. For Psychiatric, Job and Family services, Medical and Dental also Court related business referrals and follow up of action taken in these matters by the resident.
  • Resident intake also consists of an agreement of commitment by signature of the following ADAMS House Documents. Lease Agreement, Rules, Regulations Personal Information and release of information to the following agencies; Psychiatric, Job and Family services, Medical and Dental also Court related business.
  • Resident will set a goal each week (reviewed at weekly house business meeting) to remove present roadblocks, clean-up past wreckage and open avenues to achieve prosperous standing in community, family and self.

Required twelve step meeting attendance verified at weekly House business meeting. Encouraged implementation of the twelve steps of recovery.

Health and wellness participation is encouraged and/or requested by staff of A.D.A.M.S. House through referral, even restriction, when an obvious occurrence to the resident’s health and wellness is present.

Domestic Education Program


Immediately upon residency the resident is given a hygiene pack consisting of general necessities to keep adequate hygiene.


Each new resident is partnered with a senior resident for grocery shopping training.

  • Training pertains to three categories of food.
  • Dinner menu pre-written by the residents.
  • Condiments milk, coffee, sugar, flour, salt etc, etc.
  • Grab food; frozen pizza, pot pies, cookies, lunch meat etc.

Shopper will learn not to spend under nor exceed designated money allotted (shop by calculator). The shopping list is put together by the residents during the Sunday house business meeting. The designated shopper is determined in a turn by turn rotation based upon the bed the resident occupies in the home.


Meals are prepared Monday thru Friday by residents. Cook is determined from turn by turn rotation. Designated cook will have dinner on the table at 6:00 PM, pans cleaned with meal put away by 7:15 PM and kitchen cleaned by 11:00 PM (Cook chooses the dinner and necessary ingredients at Sunday’s house business meeting.


Each resident is given specific daily cleaning responsibilities assignment is determined by bed occupancy in his home.

Home Business Meeting:

Resident is required to attend a weekly house business meeting of his peers and staff. At this house business meeting personal thoughts and feelings (both negative and positive) are shared for en-betterment of the Life Skills program of participation and belonging.
Vocational Program

Upon thirty to sixty days of residency the resident must seek employment, education and/or volunteer if not already doing so.

Transitional Employment:

ADAMS House connects residents with training, temporary employment and job placement through J.D.Hill Construction and Lawn Care contingent on work availability and resident needs. Also connects to employment and Job training through sources in the community when opportunities are available.

Academic Education:

G.E.D., Community College and University Education attendance is encouraged. Resources are researched both for and with the resident.


Upon sixty days of residency the resident is required to volunteer twenty hours each month at a local agency or cause, approved by A.D.A.M.S. HOUSE staff if not vocationally active (employed, attending school) or if collecting financial support.
Budgeting Program

Upon ninety days of residency each resident will enter into a four phase budgeting program.

Phase 1.

Financial inventory of past debt and present debt, recording in writing all debt (past and present) for acknowledgement and any / all future research to resolve and/or attend to payment of said debt.

Phase 2.

Thirty days of recording money in and money out. Resident will record daily all money spent and all money acquired, via paycheck, loan, find, lottery winning, and money paid to resident of loan repayment etc., etc. Upon daily credit / debit records coming into 10% or better of monies accounted for the resident moves to phase three.

Phase 3.

Research and communication with interested parties of assistance and/or accountability. Upon completion of phase one (financial inventory) A.D.A.M.S. HOUSE staff assisted by a board sub committee will research and develop the available avenues for the resident to address his past and present financial issues putting him on a path of resolution of which his phase four will be designed specifically to meet the needs of the resident and all parties concerned.

Phase 4.

Practiced budget assignment, made up of four categories.

  • Present Debt
  • Past Debt
  • Spending money
  • Savings

Resident’s budget is designed to enable the resident to allocate an allotted amount of each pay period into a practiced regiment of use with his money to build a firm, sustainable standing for himself and / or his family in the community of which he lives.

Category One

The budget of present debt will be broken down to equate the monthly payment needed to sustain present acquired living status.

Category Two

The budget of past debt will be broken down to equate a payment each pay period to reach the goal of erasing the debt. Once a past debt is erased that payment will go toward payment on another past debt until past debt is erased completely.

Category Three

The percentage of savings will be established by the budget team and deposited by the resident each pay period into a savings account. Verification of deposit will be presented to staff as an assurance of compliance. Resident agrees to only make withdraws from savings account in ninety day increments and withdraw will not exceed half of the amount in savings at time of withdraw. The goal here is to acquire life skills pertaining to having money in case of emergency and to well calculate purchases.

Category Four

The remaining pay period money left from the first three categories will be figured to adequately serve the resident until the next pay period.

Weekly Review Of Life Skills Recovery Program

Each and every Sunday a Scheduled House Business Meeting is held by the residents.

Mandatory Meeting

A staff member is present to oversee the meeting and record individual resident progress. At this Life Skills meeting all past week house operations and resident participation is accounted for, discussed and planned for moving forward through the upcoming week.

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