Our Team
Our programs are effective because the people we serve play an important role working in the facilities, starting with daily chores and progressing to more duties.
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Our Team

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Executive Director, Michele Knapp

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Born in Ohio, I have lived in Statesville since 1983. I graduated from West Iredell High School in 1994. I then attended Mitchell Community College where I graduated in 1998 with 3 associates degrees: Accounting, Information Systems and Information Systems-Program. Immediately after graduation, I began my career at Fifth Street Ministries as the bookkeeper. Three years later, I was promoted to Finance Officer. Over the next 20 years, I worked alongside both Gary and Patti West, where I learned non profit management, personnel, public relations, and grant writing skills. In addition to management and leadership skills, I was able to witness their compassion and love for the individuals that we serve.

I am the mother of 2 children, Brett (25) and Breanne (16) as well a grandmother to Paislee (6). Currently I am enrolled at UNCC, working toward a Masters degree in Business.

I am so honored to have the trust and support of Board of Directors to lead Fifth Street Ministries as we continue our mission to compassionately serve those in need. We have a great team and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for Fifth Street and this community we call home.

Volunteer Coordinator, Heather Myers

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Born and raised in Sayre, PA I moved to Troutman NC in 2012. My educational background is nursing and human resources degrees.
I am a mother of 4 boys Thomas (31) Sean (29) Douglas (28) and KC (26) who have blessed me with 5 beautiful grandbabies.
My journey with 5th street began in 2013 when I started volunteering in the kitchen serving meals. My 1st impression of 5th street was this is not a “homeless shelter” this is HOME. Staff and guest made me feel welcomed and loved and appreciated from the moment I walked through the door.

The more I volunteered the more I wanted to do. I involved my boys and grandbabies with volunteering. It was a blessing to have 5th street in our lives.
After many years of volunteering throughout every aspect of 5th street I approached Patti West and Michele Knapp and asked, “what more can I do”? They offered me a position as volunteer coordinator, and I accepted without hesitation. They knew I needed 5th street more than 5th street needed me. People ask me how can I work at a shelter and my response is how can you not? I do not have a job I have a second home; I do not go to work I go spend time with my family, this is not my career it is my life. 5th street ministries is FAMILY.

Night Shelter Manager, Monica Faulkner

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I was born in our Nation’s Capital, Washington, D.C.
However, most of my rearing took place in South Boston, Virginia. My educational training came through the Halifax Co. School system where I graduated from Halifax County High School in 1995. I moved to N. Carolina in 1996 after graduating. After working with kids and community related jobs, I eventually obtained a degree in Human Services and am now completing a second degree in Social work from Walden University. I also have two wonderful, intelligent sons, Elijah Faulkner (19) and Mekhi Faulkner (11).

Throughout my life, I have been blessed to work jobs that have been community related. I have also served in a community development and restoration ministry capacity through my church organization, Apostolic Faith Churches of Deliverance for the past 20 plus years. This experience in conjunction with my degree and former social work related jobs has given me a passion for upgrading communities. The moral fabric of every community is the heart of its community leaders that will dare to envision a better surrounding.

I have a vision for a better community through producing and helping its citizens become better. I wasn’t born rich, so I am familiar with the importance of having a helping hand. I am now that helping hand.

I firmly believe that with the love and hope I have in my heart, I can bring my past experience and knowledge of managing group homes and assisted living facilities to help elevate Fifth Street Ministries to the next level.