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About Us

OBX Room in the Inn, Inc. is a non-profit 501C3 organization that was established in 2009 by Gail Leonard and Claiborne Yarbrough.  We have assisted hundreds of guests over the past 15 years.


The Mission of the OBX Room in the Inn is to provide hospitality to homeless adults in the Outer Banks during the winter months and support services year-round.  We partner with churches, nonprofits, and local businesses to provide food, clothing, and medical care for our guests.  

The OBX Room In The Inn shelter program begins in November and extends until the end of April. Intake starts each day from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm at our office (111 W. Carlton Avenue, KDH).  Each potential guest who arrives at the center will go through an intake process that entails a breathalyzer, a personal property search, policy and paperwork review, and a background check prior to entering the program. If you know a person who needs refuge, a warm bed, food, or assistance with other services, then please tell them to give us a call at (252) 255-1133. 

Each guest has the right:


  • To use our services without discrimination. 

  • To be safe and to be treated with dignity and respect. 

  • To be treated objectively and professionally. 

  • To participate in the development of individual program goals and plans

  • To be served in confidence, except in situations involving criminal activity.

Volunteers are the backbone and lifeline of OBX Room In The Inn. We simply could not do the work of our mission without volunteers. There are many ways in which you may volunteer with us for a better OBX! Call us today to learn how you can help.

Our Executive Director

A highly experienced non-profit executive, Shari most recently served as President of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. During her extensive career, she has earned a strong record of success in community building, economic development, association and non-profit management, and strategic planning. Shari has managed numerous philanthropic and grants programs, multi-million-dollar budgets, and spearheaded fund-raising campaigns and events.


Our Board

Gail Hutchison; President

Bob Peele; Vice President

Carol Copeland; Secretary

Scout Schillings; Treasurer

Aida Alvarez

Thad Ausband

Natalie Evans

John Head

Chad Holloman

Toyta Kee

Lexy Matatellos

Paris Murray

Directors Emeritus

We are immensely proud of our Emeritus Directors, who served honorably during OBX Room In The Inn's founding. We could not have forged the path ahead without them.

Directors Emeritus

Nancy Griffin

Gail Leonard

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