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Diakonos:  (noun)  1. Greek word meaning "one who serves."  Word from which "deacon" is derived.              2.  Corporate name of Fifth Street Ministries


Contact us: 

Diakonos, PO Box 5217, Statesville, North Carolina  28687

704-872-4045 ~ fax:704-873-3319 ~

To access our Form 990,

click on the GuideStar link

The Diakonos mission statement reads:  "to compassionately serve men, women and children in need by providing clothing, food, access to healthcare, safe sanctuary, advocating for change and offering hope.

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Without community, large and small, it can never be.  We find family among ourselves and the larger community embraces our efforts and offers tremendous support.  As one volunteer stated, "the blessings come from both sides of the table."

Bob & Barbara Collier
Jim & Lynn Lawton
Johnson Greenhouses, Inc.
Costi & Teresa Kutteh
John & LeAnda Barnard—John M Barnard, CPA, PA
Roger & Annette Roark
L. Gordon Iron & Metal
Lisa & Bob Barber
Bud & Caroline Bramley
Bill & Cindy Pitt
Lake Norman Realty
Statesville Jewelry & Loan
Luther & Carol Hunter

About us:  Diakonos, Inc. was organized in Burnsville, NC in September 1988. The intention was to provide for the basic needs of homeless and impoverished persons.  Gary and Patti West, founders of the organization, agreed that the basic necessities of life including nourishing food, safe shelter, freedom from abuse, and an opportunity to move towards self-reliance.  In 1990, the organization moved to Statesville, NC to operate an emergency shelter, a winter shelter and a domestic violence shelter.

Over the years, the programs have developed, expanded and changed to incorporate and address the needs of those individuals seeking assistance.  The Open Door Clinic was born in 1993 and operated as a free medical/dental clinic until 2007. The Molly McKay Children's Program developed in 1998 and ran until 2008 when it was incorporated into the Boys and Girls Club.  The Soup Kitchen came under the auspices of Diakonos in 1992 and today serves three meals per day, seven days per week.  Today, a night shelter, emergency shelter/transitional housing, soup kitchen outreach program for the homeless mentally ill, nurse clinic, educational programs, therapeutic opportunities, services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault including safe shelter, victim advocacy with in the judicial system, hospital accompaniment, group and individual counseling are the primary services offered.

The needs are great and the solutions are often difficult. We continue to work through a variety of avenues to creatively address the multitude of needs and walk with our residents to a more stable, productive place in their lives.


2015 My Sister's House Second Annual

Fall Classic Law Enforcement Softball Tournament

To be held on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.

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Mark & Rebecca Tart
Grace Baptist Church
Walter & Edith Holland
Carole Hendrix, Opus Financial Advisors, Inc.
Randy Marion of Statesville
The Study Group
Men’s Bible Class of
First Presbyterian Church

St. James First Baptist Church
Bette Isereau
Mattie Meech
Grant & Carolyn Sharp
Beth & Jimmy Webb
Steve & Glenda Helms
Patti & Gary West
James & Susan Foushee
Mary Helen Walker
Mavis & James Calabrese
Robb Collier & Family
Ed Johnson
Bertie Vaughn
William & Susan Fanjoy
Peggy & Chandler Bryan
Betty Jo Litaker
David & Sally Parker




A variety of services are offered to the homeless, the impoverished,

victims of violent crimes and the working poor.