Mission & History

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Our Mission

Respecting and affirming life from the moment of conception, MiraVia is a safe haven and source of hope for pregnant mothers and their children. Invoking a Christ-centered approach inspired by the examples of Mary and Joseph, MiraVia helps young families move toward a new life of hopeful, independent, and healthy living and educates the broader community on the importance of fostering a culture of life.

 

Our Credentials

MiraVia, Inc. is a Catholic, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, corporation operating in Charlotte, North Carolina and was incorporated by the Secretary of State in March 1994 as Room At The Inn. MiraVia is listed in the Official Catholic Directory, P.J. Kenedy and Sons. MiraVia serves pregnant women regardless of their economic, social, religious, racial, or ethnic background.  Our residential facility at the campus of Belmont Abbey College is fully licensed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as a Maternity Residence per North Carolina General Statute 131 D-10.3.

Our Annual Reports

MiraVia Annual Report 2017
MiraVia Annual Report 2016 

To view copies of the most recent 990 forms submitted by MiraVia to the IRS:

2015: Click here.
2014: Click here.
2013: Click here.

Our History

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1994:

Room At The Inn opened its modest home on Weona Avenue in Charlotte to provide no-fee residential services to pregnant women and their children.

2000:

Room At The Inn began providing professional, on-site counseling to its residential clients.

2002:

Changes to state square-footage requirements for maternity home licensure reduced the maximum number of babies and toddlers that Room At The Inn could serve in its residential program.

2003:

The organization constructed a modular office building adjacent to the home and moved office space from the home to the new building. This expansion increased the maximum number of babies and toddlers it could serve.

2004:

Room At The Inn added new service programs for pregnant women / mothers who may not need residential help, but still need support, counseling and material assistance. These programs are:

Pre-Natal Counseling Program, which provides professional counseling and material support to any pregnant mother in need.

Extended After-Care and Outreach Program, which offers professional counseling and material support to mothers after they leave Room At The Inn’s residential program or complete the Pre-Natal Counseling Program, in order to help them to live independently.

2005:

After providing a home for more than 400 mothers and children at Room At The Inn’s residence, the Board of Directors conducted an extensive long-range planning process designed to set the course for Room At The Inn’s future. This would eventually lead to the creation of the Outreach Assistance Program at the Weona Avenue residence in Charlotte and the inspiration for the brand-new residential facility at the Belmont Abbey College campus.

2006 – A Big Year:

The residential program transitioned from pre-natal housing at the Weona Avenue home to post-natal housing in nearby apartments. This approach provides housing to women and their children for up to 24 months after the birth of the baby. The program also includes 24-hour staffing by experienced Room At The Inn supervisors, weekly professional counseling and all the enrichment programs we offered at the original facility.

The house on Weona Avenue was converted into our Outreach Center to accommodate the growing number of pregnant women who were seeking help through our counselors, classes, and material assistance.

2011:

June 20, 2011: After years of planning, prayer, and hard work, construction began on Room At The Inn’s new college-based residential facility at Belmont Abbey.  Hundreds of supporters from around the country gathered as Bishop Peter Jugis and other pro-life leaders hoisted the first shovels at the ground breaking ceremony.

2012:Room_0023

July 16, 2012: The end of construction of the new residential facility at Belmont Abbey is celebrated with a joyous ribbon cutting ceremony.

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2013:

March 31, 2013: Room At The Inn’s new facility receives its maternity home license from the state of North Carolina.

August 12, 2013: Bianca, the first mother living at the new facility, delivers a healthy and beautiful baby boy.

October 24, 2013: Room At The Inn changes its name to MiraVia (click here for more information).

2015:Bianca

May 2015: After nearly two years living in the new MiraVia facility at the Belmont Abbey campus, the first ever resident, Bianca, leaves with a bright future ahead of her. With her son by her side, she plans to attend law school.

Today:

After 23 years and helping more than 7,900 women and children through its residential and outreach assistance programs, MiraVia continues to offer its unique blend of integrated programs to meet the needs of pregnant women and their children.