The Albero House for Adults

St. Mary’s Home Embraces Adult 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. In 2013, the Home began offering adults who have severe disabilities the comprehensive and expert care for which St. Mary’s is recognized nationwide.

Thanks to donors like you from throughout the community, 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.

Watch Josh, the first resident of The Albero House, cut a ribbon at a dedication ceremony on Sept. 19, 2013:

“He Didn’t have to leave st. mary’s”

Josh came to live at St. Mary’s Home when he was 13. When his mother, Nancy Stockner, began looking into adult care for Josh, she found the options to be limited. The Albero House, she said, is “a lifesaver.”

On Sept. 15, 2011, St. Mary’s broke ground for a 10,000-square-foot expansion, designed by PF&A Design, with 12 private rooms. Nearly two years later, Josh became the first resident of The Albero House when he moved in on July 30, 2013.

Josh moves in to Albero House“I know he’s set,” his mother said as she carefully folded his clothes and placed them in the closet while Josh looked around his new room.

“He’s here. He didn’t have to leave St. Mary’s,” where he has thrived under the 24-hour care, she said.

thank you for making the albero house possible

Dave Chance Photography

Dave Chance Photography

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.

The 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, Hampton Roads Community Foundation, Sentara Healthcare, Amerigroup Charitable Foundation, PACE Collaborative, Bank of America and the Napolitano Family Foundation.

For a complete list of major donors who provided the funds to build The Albero House at St. Mary’s Home, click here.

Dave Chance Photography

Dave Chance Photography

While the cheerful interior of The Albero House was designed by Image Business Interiors, 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.

Read a news release about St. Mary’s dedicating The Albero House.


For more details about the adult home and the endowment fund – and how you can help change the futures of children and young adults with severe disabilities – click on the links below:

Our Brochure

In Their Own Words


Pledge Card

Ways to Give

Major Donors to the Embrace Capital Campaign 2010-2013

Donate online now to help bring comfort and safety to adults with disabilities and their families.

Read an Associated Press article about the adult home and what it will mean to families.

Read a Virginian-Pilot article about the plans for the adult home.

Read an Inside Business article about the expansion.

Read a news release about the formal announcement of the adult home.

Read a Virginia Business magazine interview with lead donor Carl M. Albero.

Read a Virginian-Pilot article about the opening of The Albero House. 

For more construction photos, see our Facebook page.