Since 1977, Sojourn, a program of The People Concern, has been meeting the emergency and long-term needs of thousands of domestic violence victims each year. Established in response to the needs of residents of the Crisis Shelter -Sojourn's 30-day emergency shelter program Adams House serves victims of domestic violence and their families who have lived in constant crisis and in the shadow of threat from their abuser. This is a population with only two options: live on the street or return to their abusive household. While some participants are ready to move to independent living after the 30-day program, many are too traumatized to take the following steps: pay rent, hold a job, and find childcare. For these victims, a longer stay in a supportive program is essential in order to provide them with the time to heal and to acquire the skills and resources necessary to live independently.
The People Concern acquired and rehabilitated a four-unit apartment building now known as Adams Family Foundation House (also known as Adams House). The apartment complex was reconfigured into offices, common areas, and "wings" with two-to-three bedrooms and a bathroom. All Adams House residents have completed a stay in Sojourn's Crisis Shelter and are preparing for independent living.
Situated in a residential area, the house blends in with the surrounding neighborhood, thereby preserving the privacy and confidentiality of the residents. The building, a model of congregate living, has nine bedrooms that may be configured into suites to accommodate both large and small families. While there is privacy within the family suites, Adams House programs and services are provided in the group areas. Offices and meeting rooms are designed for counseling, group learning, and meetings, and are utilized seven days a week. An enclosed yard gives resident children a safe place to play and provides space for a program of horticultural therapy.