Steve Kraly Baseball Card Donated to The Albero House

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Bob Kraly, right, with his son, Ty, and Martha Price Stewart, St. Mary’s former director of development. Ty is holding memorabilia including a signed photo of his grandfather, former Yankees pitcher Steve Kraly.

Ty Kraly holds the baseball card of his grandfather, former Yankees pitcher Steve Kraly.

Ty Kraly holds the baseball card of his grandfather, former Yankees pitcher Steve Kraly.

Carl M. Albero, who recently retired from St. Mary’s Board of Directors and joined our Honorary Board, is a huge Yankees fan. He gave St. Mary’s a treasure trove of Yankees memorabilia to go on display at The Albero House, our home for adults with disabilities; Carl and his wife, Carol Anne, were the home’s main benefactors.

Bob Kraly, a partner with Image Business Interiors, one of St. Mary’s staunchest corporate supporters, recently dropped by with his son to add something personal to the collection: the baseball card of his father, Steve, who pitched for the Yankees in 1953. His father passed away in 2016 at the age of 86.

“St. Mary’s is truly a special place!” Bob’s 12-year-old son, Ty, wrote in a thank-you card after he and his father visited.

Thank you to the Kraly family for your generosity!


Eds note: A version of this article originally appeared in the Winter 2016-2017 issue of our Journeys newsletter. You can read that issue and others on our website here

From Making the Holidays Happy to Creating a Bright Future

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Carl M. and Carole Anne Albero’s relationship with St. Mary’s Home began about a decade ago with a visit from a nun.

Sister Mary June Morin went to AMSEC, a defense contracting company founded by Carl Albero, a former Navy captain, to talk about St. Mary’s.

Albero was so impressed with Sister, who retired in 2011 after more than 50 years of service to children at St. Mary’s, that he had the company adopt St. Mary’s as its charity. AMSEC continues to donate toys to the children each year during the holidays.

As a member of St. Mary’s Board of Directors, Albero became more involved with St. Mary’s when the Home was raising funds for St. Mary’s main building, which opened in 2005. That led Albero and his wife, a former special education instructor who volunteers at the school at St. Mary’s, to look for other ways to support the children — including making the lead gift to build a wing that will have room to care for up to 12 adults. The Albero House for adults at St. Mary’s Home opened in summer 2013.

Albero also plans to continue supporting the children by remembering the Home in his will as a founding member of The Guardian Society, the planned giving program at St. Mary’s.

“It’s just an unbelievable story when you go through St. Mary’s,” Albero said. “They’re good people helping these children who can’t help themselves.”

If you make a planned gift to St. Mary’s by the end of 2014, like Carl and Carole Anne Albero, you will be recognized as a founding member of The Guardian Society. For more information, please contact Martha Price Stewart, director of development, at (757) 446-6797, (800) 237-6555 or mstewart@smhdc.org.

Albero House to be Dedicated on Sept. 19

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Josh, who has multiple disabilities and uses a wheelchair to get around, came to live at St. Mary’s Home when he was 13. When his mother began looking into adult care for Josh, she found few options, The Albero House, St. Mary’s new building for adults, “is a lifesaver,” she said.

On Sept. 19, 2013, St. Mary’s Home will dedicate The Albero House, which fills a critical need for housing for adults who have severe disabilities. The public is invited to a ceremony at 10 a.m. at The Albero House on St. Mary’s campus, at 6171 Kempsville Circle in Norfolk. Tours of The Albero House will follow.

Groundbreaking-Debbie and Salim (2)The Home broke ground two years ago for the 10,000-square-foot expansion designed by PF&A Design. Josh became the first resident of The Albero House when he moved in to one of 12 private bedrooms on July 30, 2013. Several more residents are expected to begin living at The Albero House by the end of this year.

“I know he’s set,” said Josh’s mother, Nancy Stockner, who will give the keynote address at the dedication. “He’s here. He didn’t have to leave St. Mary’s,” where he has thrived under the 24-hour care.

St. Mary’s Home has been a safe harbor for children in need since its founding as an infant home during World War II. Now, the Home also is offering adults who have severe disabilities the comprehensive and expert care for which St. Mary’s is recognized nationwide.

Thanks to supporters from throughout the commonwealth, St. Mary’s now can provide a loving, secure future for adults with severe disabilities from across Virginia, including St. Mary’s own graduates, who had to find other places, such as nursing homes, to live after they turn 21.

“St. Mary’s Home offers a level of complex, professional care that families may find difficult to provide at home, and we do so in an atmosphere of warmth, nurturing and personal attention,” said CEO William C. Giermak. “With the opening of The Albero House, we have created another option for adults with disabilities.”

Supporters of “Embrace,” the $6 Million Campaign for St. Mary’s Home, contributed more than $3 million needed to build the expansion. The campaign also is raising $2 million to establish an endowment fund to protect against economic downturns and $1 million for annual operating costs.

IMG_9158The main benefactors of the adult home are St. Mary’s Director Carl M. Albero, a founder of the defense contracting company AMSEC and vice-chairman of the Board of Directors of Colonna’s Shipyard, and his wife, Carole Anne Albero, a retired special education teacher, St. Mary’s volunteer and member of St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board.

Other major supporters include St. Mary’s Auxiliary Board, Beazley Foundation, The Cabell Foundation in Richmond, Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Sentara Healthcare and Dominion Enterprises.

Albero House exterior 2The brick exterior of The Albero House matches the original St. Mary’s structure. The building was designed to meet the needs of adult residents and includes private bedrooms, a spacious common living area, a kitchen, an enclosed porch and a landscaped courtyard. Large windows flood the rooms and hallways with natural light. The heating and cooling system uses 20  geothermal wells that are 300 feet deep, helping to reduce St. Mary’s carbon footprint.


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While the cheerful blue-and-green interior of The Albero House was designed by Image Business Interiors, shipping company Maersk Line, Limited wanted to personalize Josh’s room. A group of employees decorated the room with an ocean theme, based on Josh’s likes, with input from his support coordinator at St. Mary’s and his mother. That act of generosity inspired another: A group of women who work for Chartway’s corporate office volunteered to decorate a room for Mercedez, who soon will be moving into The Albero House.

About St. Mary’s Home

St. Mary’s Home provides quality, specialized care within a homelike environment for Virginia children and adults with severe disabilities, so each person can achieve his or her fullest potential. Children and young adults who have severe intellectual and physical disabilities live, play, go to school and receive comprehensive long-term and respite care at the private, nonprofit St. Mary’s Home.

The Albero House at St. Mary’s opened in 2013 to provide care for adults over 21. With St. Mary’s expanding to embrace adult care, the organization’s name has been shortened from St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children to St. Mary’s Home.

 

Santa Visits St. Mary’s Home

Santa and Laquesha.

The sound of bells jingling as he walked down the halls gave him away.

The children of St. Mary’s Home knew there was a very important person in the building. Santa visited several classrooms to chat with the children and spread some holiday cheer.

Santa is Ross Wilkins, a database programmer for technology and defense contractor SAIC. Wilkins and several colleagues, including St. Mary’s Trustee Carl M. Albero, dropped off presents for the children and a gift package for the staff.

This was Wilkins’ second December in a row touring St. Mary’s while dressed up as Santa. And yes, the beard is real.