Albert Hodges, our president, has been involved with maternity homes for over 30 years. Back in the late ’80s, when he realized that one of the best ways to live out the Gospel of Life was to do something concrete to help women in crisis pregnancies, he probably didn’t plan to devote his life to running maternity homes as he has ended up doing.

In 1991 he went to work at Good Counsel Homes in New Jersey to find out how they did things and incorporate some of what they did with some of his own ideas in order to start his own agency. He opened the first Room At The Inn maternity home in 1993 in Charlotte, NC.

Several years later he wanted to move back to the Triad where he was from to be closer to his aging parents and so he opened Room At The Inn in Greensboro, NC in 2001. The new home was named after Mary Corrine “Terry” Nussbaum (wife of Vic Nussbaum, mayor pro-temp of Greensboro), who had been very supportive of the new venture. While it was a new maternity home, it was far from being a new house. It was in fact the renovated historic Sternberger Mansion.

Right: A candid shot of Albert Hodges – President at the opening of the Nussbaum Maternity Home in 2001 with Marianne Donadio – VP Marketing & Development and two of her daughters (the one with pigtails now also works for Room At The Inn )…please excuse the trash can!

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Greensboro maternity home, we just received from her daughter, a photograph of Mary Nussbaum along with a beautiful needlepoint of our Heavenly Mother Mary. The needlepoint was made by Corrine O’Hayer, Mary’s grandmother and given to her on her wedding day in 1943. We are delighted to have this treasure entrusted to us and will cherish it. What a lovely gift.