In 1983 the doors of Adsum House opened to women who had no place to live. At that time, there was a growing need to provide safety and shelter to women living on the street in Halifax (K'jipuktuk). 

The Sisters of Charity, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Christ Anglican Church, Grace United Church and St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Parish worked together toward a goal of providing safe, secure shelter for women.

In the years since the ribbon was cut at our emergency shelter on Brunswick Street, we have provided shelter, programs and services to thousands of women and children, youth and trans individuals. We have grown from one shelter to an organization that provides a range of housing, programs and services through four locations in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Adsum for Women and Children acknowledges that its housing, programs, and services are located and provided on the unceded territory of the Mi'kmaq people. In 2004, the Association for Women’s Residential Facilities legally changed its name to Adsum for Women & Children. 

Click here to see Adsum's progress in our photo gallery.