President Father John Adams has directed SOME for more than 35 years. He was ordained in 1969 and received his master’s degree in Social Service (’70) at Catholic University of America. After initial assignments as a social worker, he started Christ House, which provides meals, shelter, and crisis intervention to the poor and homeless in Alexandria, VA.
In 1978, Fr. McKenna, SJ, founder of SOME, invited Fr. John to become the Director of SOME. Under his leadership, SOME has grown from a small soup kitchen with one employee and 2 volunteers to an organization that provides more than 1,000 daily meals and to the homeless and poor of the city.
Fr. John has often been recognized for his work at SOME, as Washingtonian of the Year, a Freedom Forum Free Spirit, an Olympic Torch Carrier, a Congressional Victory Against Hunger Award recipient and recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Marymount University.