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Room at the Inn unveils new name ‘MiraVia’ during annual banquet

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

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Pictured: Jeannie Wray, executive director of Room at the Inn,
announced the organization’s new name during their annual fundraising banquet in Charlotte. (Photo provided by Ruben Tamayo)

CHARLOTTE — With the birth of their first baby at the new college-based home in Belmont, Room at the Inn decided to give “birth” to a new identity for the organization as well. At their annual fundraising banquet on Oct. 24 in Charlotte, they announced a new name: MiraVia.

“Room at the Inn is a name we love, but that we could never own,” explained executive director Jeannie Wray to the 1,000-plus supporters in attendance.

For example, Wray recounted, one night a man and all his belongings showed up at their doorstep and said, “I’m here to spend the night!”

“Not with me!” Wray exclaimed to the man who was obviously looking for Room In the Inn, a homeless shelter for men in Charlotte.110813-rati-new-name-11

The organization had also lost donors who confused them with other like-named organizations, including Room at the Inn of the Triad. Rebranding was an obvious need, Wray said.

After several years of consideration, they set out to rebrand. Initially emailing clients and friends for inspiration, a team – led by board member Clayton Tolley, president and CEO of brandsymbol – had 300 ideas. They narrowed it to 19, then three, and finally voted unanimously on MiraVia. It had emerged as the obvious choice.

With its sharp health care look, the new name and accompanying compass logo were initially tailored to their prime audience: modern, single, pregnant women, especially those with a Hispanic background. Derived from Latin for “miraculous way” and meaning “Look, let us point out the way” in Spanish, the new name also has a spiritual element.

“It’s a logo that appears so secular, but at closer look reveals a deeper meaning,” Wray explained.

“Mira” is a star in the part of the sky called “The Sea” whom historians believe was the Star of Bethlehem. From here comes one of the Blessed Mother’s titles, “Mary Star of the Sea.”

“There is no way we could not blossom under the Blessed Mother’s protection,” Wray explained to the audience.

“We hope to inspire our community to see the journey of pregnant women as a miraculous way, while promising that we will walk next to them and provide the long term support they need,” she continued.

In honor of the big news, guest speaker Teresa Tomeo gave a new talk on “The Three Rs of Faith.” Tomeo, a Catholic writer and radio host, and her husband have also been involved in pro-life work including the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants in Michigan for many years.

“We’re obviously supporting the baby – we’re pro-life from conception to natural death – but I think it’s really important to be Christ to the woman in as many ways as we can. Many of these women are in a situation where they don’t want an abortion, but have nowhere to go,” Tomeo said.

During the banquet, Monsignor Mauricio West, vicar general and chancellor of the Diocese of Charlotte, read a letter announcing an apostolic blessing for the newly-named organization.
Also, the annual “Hero for Life” award was given to teen Hannah Mixer for her school fundraising efforts to buy ultrasound machines.

“Every organization needs to modify and adjust for society. It (the new name) will help it to grow,” said John Nobers, a member of St. Ann Church in Charlotte.

“I love the new name,” added Iris Newton, MiraVia program assistant and member of St. Matthew Church in Charlotte. “Especially because I’m Hispanic and see the meaning behind it, too.”

Learn more on the organization’s new website:

— Mary B. Richardson, correspondent

Catholic Men’s Conference

Monday, November 11th, 2013

Catholic Mens Conference

The annual Carolinas’ Catholic men’s conference focuses on the sacraments and features national Catholic speakers who pointedly challenge each participant to grow their Catholic Faith, deepen their relationship with Christ, and live up to their callings as Catholic men, husbands, & fathers. We seek to provide communications and forums throughout the year to reinforce the conference messages and aid men in continuing their spiritual journey…. Learn more

Family of the Month

Monday, November 11th, 2013

 November 2013

Deputy Grand Knight Chris Amsler presents the
November 2013 Family of the Month Award to
Brother Steve Thule and his wife Karen.


 April 2013

Family of the Month April 2013

Council Chaplain/St. John’s Church Pastor Larry LoMonaco and
Grand Knight Lonnie Pizza present the
April 2013 Family of the Month Award to
Brother Tom Ladet and his wife Julia.

Knights help Wounded Warrior Leave Program

Sunday, November 10th, 2013

The Knights of Columbus Council #15085, from St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Waynesville, collected funds for North Carolina Province’s  wounded warrior program the Sunday before Veteran’s Day. The program, in conjunction with the Military Order of the Purple Heart, is raising funds to help send hospitalized veterans at Fort Bragg and Camp LeJeune home to spend Christmas with their families. Tax deductible donations may be made to “M.O.P.H.” and delivered to any Knight of Columbus in our area. For information about the program or to mail a donation, read more…


Knights 15085 Wounded Warrior Project

HONORING WOUNDED WARRIORS — Members of St. John the Evangelist Church in Waynesville and Knights of Columbus from the parish participated in fundraising for the Wounded Warrior Project. Pictured, from left, are Mary Anne Yurko and Knights Joe Yurko, Rusty Heuer, U.S. Navy Master Chief (ret.) Chris Amsler and Bob Mateja. ~Photo by Paul Viau

Wounded Warrior Leave Program

The Knights of Columbus in the DeSoto Province, N.C. S.C. GA. FL. PR. have been involved with the Wounded Warrior Christmas Leave Program. since 2006. The program raises funds to send Wounded Warriors from every state and some foreign countries, home for the Christmas Holiday. These Wounded Warriors are living in Barracks next to the Base Hospital. These Warriors are injured but are not required to be confined to the Hospital. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Program is administered by the Jacksonville, NC Military Order of the Purple Heart.gram.

What is the Program?

The program, through donations of citizens and organizations, (K of C, parishes, business, etc), raises funds to send military men and women, who have lost limbs or suffered other major injuries while in harms way, home for Christmas leave. No overhead costs are assessed against these funds and all moneys donated are used to send combat wounded members home.

Who Administers the Program?

The Jacksonville, NC Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart accepts donations throughout the year then coordinates approved leave status for each of the Wounded Warriors, purchases the necessary round-trip transportation tickets and ensures these brave men and women get home to their families for Christmas.

What If More Funds Are Collected Than Necessary?

This does not happen very often. Last year we actually had individuals donate to help with extra trips home.

How Can I Help?

Donations made to this program are tax deductible since this Military Order of the Purple Heart is a 501C3 Tax Status. Everyone who donates by check will receive a receipt from the MOPH, for Tax Purposes. Checks should be made out to “M.O.P.H.” with “Wounded Warrior Leave” listed in the Memo Section of the check.

Where Do I Send My Money?

To facilitate coordination, checks from Knights of Columbus Councils and Assemblies are to be sent to:
SK Robert J. Singer
2506 Canal Drive
Wilson, NC 27896-1326

This allows recording of all KofC donations to the program as well as forwarding to the MOPH on a timely basis.
*In WAYNESVILLE, you can give your check to any Knight of Columbus and he will deliver to the appropriate address.

In 2011 the Knights of Columbus in the DeSoto Province raised $81,311. This accounted for 20% of the Total Collections last year. Since 2006 the Knights of Columbus have raised $343,148, not including the 2012

Please help us assist these brave men and women who come from all walks of life and serve in the various branches, who have volunteered to protect our freedom and made tremendous sacrifices for our country.