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Contact us: 

Diakonos, PO Box 5217, Statesville, North Carolina  28687

704-872-4045 ~ fax:704-873-3319 ~ admin@fifthstreetministries.com

To access our Form 990,

click on the GuideStar link

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

victims of violent crimes and the working poor.

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.

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


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."



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Sunday, July 16 at the Statesville Civic Center
Noon until 1:30pm

  •  Summertime Christmas meal,                          

  • · Silent auction with something for everyone,
  • Best bake sale ever,

  • · Kids have lunch with Santa (with kid friendly food)

Tickets are $10.  Family of four - $35, or be wild and crazy and fill up a table of 8 for $75!

Proceeds support programs of Fifth Street - emergency shelter, night shelter, transitional housing, Path program, Veterans House, My Sister’s House,  Community Kitchen





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.  In September of 2016, our Veterans Transitional Housing Program opened through a unique partnership with Iredell-Statesville Community Enrichment Corporation and Piedmont Veterans Assistance Council.  The Core Solutions Program will be in its completely remodeled home (the former Open Door Clinic building) in the fall of 2016 and will offer individual and group therapy along with case management.  And - in early 2017, Hope of Mooresville (HOMe) will open and will provide temporary housing for homeless women and children.

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.