A Bluffton charity for homeless, pregnant women is changing the name of its maternity home to honor the Knights of Columbus and will host an open house Sunday.
The Room at the Inn of the Lowcountry will now be known as The Father Michael McGivney Maternity Home. McGivney is the founder of the Catholic organization, the Knights of Columbus.
The home is a chapter of the Room at the Inn of the Carolinas. The Bluffton location is the only facility in the state that offers pregnant women from ages 14 to 21 a place to live whether they have other children or not, said Albert Hodges, president of the Room at the Inn of the Carolinas.
Carol Johnston said the Knights of Columbus, particularly members from St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, helped renovate the home before it opened two years ago. The group also consistently provides financial donations and volunteer support, she said.
While the maternity home is being dedicated to a Catholic leader, Hodges said the charity is non-denominational and offers support to women regardless of religious beliefs. The program offers shelter, food, clothing and case management for mothers during their pregnancy and support after they have their babies, including child day care for mothers who want to attend college.
The program currently houses seven mothers and can support eight women. Over the last few years, the home has reported 94 percent of the babies born in the home had a healthy birth weight of 5.5 pounds or greater. All have been born drug-free, home officials said.