Contact us: 

Diakonos, PO Box 5217, Statesville, North Carolina  28687

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

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

victims of violent crimes and the working poor.

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





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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.

Upcoming Events

Please plan to join us Thursday, February 23, at the Statesville Women's Club as we host the Fifth Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon. There will be three seatings: 11: 30 a.m.; 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m. A variety of soups will be served, along with salad and homemade desserts. When you leave, you will have the opportunity to take a locally crafted bowl with you as a reminder that hunger is a very real issue right here in our community. As always, we thank you for supporting Fifth Street Ministries!
Call 704-872-4045 for reservations! Cost is $25 per person.

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."



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.