OBX Room in the Inn closes for season, honors four with Innkeeper Awards

By on June 16, 2024

Brannon Godfrey (Left) Receiving the 2024 Innkeeper of the Year Award
Suzie Trainor (Right) Receiving the 2024 Innkeeper of the Year Award
Mike Kelly (Left) Receiving His Lifetime Innkeeper Award
Jim Rose (Center) Receiving His Lifetime Innkeeper Award
OBX Room In The Inn Special Thank You Dinner
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Brannon Godfrey (Left) Receiving the 2024 Innkeeper of the Year Award
Suzie Trainor (Right) Receiving the 2024 Innkeeper of the Year Award
Mike Kelly (Left) Receiving His Lifetime Innkeeper Award
Jim Rose (Center) Receiving His Lifetime Innkeeper Award
OBX Room In The Inn Special Thank You Dinner
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OBX Room In The Inn, the only organization in Dare County dedicated to supporting the homeless on the Outer Banks, has officially closed its doors for the summer. The closure marks the end of another successful season of providing food and shelter for those in need. It also underscores the need for year-round shelter and uninterrupted support for the community. To honor the dedicated individuals who make the vital work OBX Room in the Inn possible, a special thank you dinner was held last week.

The event, catered by Pigman’s Bar-B-Que and Fresh Market, was sponsored by generous donors Chris Kelley Cimko and John Cimko. It brought together volunteers and coordinators from over 20 participating churches and businesses, all of whom play an important role in providing for the shelter. Namely, they are responsible for finding and delivering donations of food, clothing, supplies, and any other necessities that may be needed to care for each guest. Much time and care is spent in their hand-making of warm, family-style meals, often enjoyed together at the shelter. To brighten the holiday season, one anonymous volunteer even opted to take all 18 guests out for a three-course dinner at Blue Moon Beach Grill.

During last week’s thank you dinner, OBX Room in the Inn proudly announced the recipients of the first-ever Innkeeper of the Year awards: Brannon Godfrey and Suzie Trainor. These individuals were recognized for their exceptional service and commitment to the shelter’s mission. Additionally, the event celebrated the Lifetime Innkeeper Awards, honoring those who’ve shown long-standing dedication to the shelter over the years. The awards were given to Mike Kelly, for his continued fundraising support through the annual Lunch to Go, and Jim Rose for continued access to a shelter space that has transformed the organization.

“By the end of the season, all but a few guests found steady work and housing…I cannot tell you how much it pained me for us to close for the summer again this year due to lack of funding,” said Executive Director, Shari Fiveash, who has been hard at work with her team planning for a year-round shelter. “It is the most pressing need we are facing.”

The OBX Room in the Inn winter shelter will re-open on November 1st. For more information about how you can get involved, please email Shari Fiveash at obxroomintheinn@gmail.com.



Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at https://app.buildingconnected.com/public/54da832ce3edb5050017438b for more information.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at mterrell@barnhillcontracting.com or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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