John Adams, Program Director

John Adams is a well-known and successful advocate for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. He applies expert knowledge, industry experience, and relentless energy to solving challenges and social issues surrounding homelessness. John graduated from Madison Area Technical College in 2013 with a degree in Liberal Arts. He is currently in the Human Develop and Family Studies program (HFDS) at UW-Stout. John’s passion for helping others begin in the late ’90s and early 2000s by volunteering at Allied Dunn Marsh community center and Vera Court Community Center, two of the most challenging neighborhoods in Madison, WI at the time. These early encounters exposed John to his true calling of helping singles and families. 

John has worked as an overnight awake staff and substance abuse counselor at Hope Haven inpatient treatment facility, a Catholic Charities organization. A few years later, John transitioned from Hope Haven to Bethel Lutheran Church Homeless Ministry. When he arrived, he quickly noticed and analyzed deficiencies within the program. John strategically formulated a plan to reduce the number of police calls, community complaints, and behavioral issues. John was able to significantly reduce occurrences of alcohol and drug use on the property within three months. He developed a neighborhood and community outreach program.

Today, John is the program director of The Beacon Homeless Day Resource Center. He runs the day to day operations, implements policies, and enforces a code of conduct. John has been the program director for one year, and in that year, the Beacon program has been stabilized through policies and behavioral expectations.

John has helped many individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty over the years. He successfully ran and operated two organizations and implemented structural changes necessary for sustainability. John is certified in AED use, CPR, Narcan, and Homeless Management Information System. John also brings a wealth of knowledge in Trauma-Informed Care, Cultural Competency, implicit bias, non-violent crisis intervention, and motivational interviewing. One of John’s greatest strengths is his ability to utilize his understanding of emotional intelligence.