Shari Fiveash named Executive Director of OBX Room in The Inn homeless shelter

Shari Fiveash named Executive Director of OBX Room in The Inn homeless shelter

September 14th, 2023

OBX Room in The Inn, Dare County’s only shelter for homeless and displaced adults, has announced the arrival of Shari Fiveash who will serve as Executive Director.

Shari Fiveash

Fiveash will lead the organization in all of its activities including assisting guests with case management services. A highly experienced non-profit executive, Fiveash most recently served as President of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

“OBX Room in The Inn has offered me an exciting and welcome opportunity to give back and serve the community where I am blessed to live,” Fiveash said.

“The unfortunate reality in Dare County is that there is a tremendous shortage of affordable housing, leaving many adults without a home,” Fiveash said. “The saying ‘to whom much is given, much is required’ has always been my mantra.”

“My own needs are met, and now I want to focus my energy on helping my neighbors who are in need,” Fiveash said.

OBX Room In The Inn, Inc. is a non-profit 501C3 faith-based organization established in 2009 to provide food, shelter, and assistance during the winter months to homeless and displaced adults living in Dare County.

In addition, RITI provides support services to its guests on a year-round basis. RITI partners with local churches to provide food for the shelter’s guests.

The organization collaborates with churches, Interfaith Community Outreach, Dare Challenge, The Manteo Lions Club, Community Care Clinic, Crossroads, Dare County Sherriff’s Office, and many others to provide services to its guests.

During her extensive career, Fiveash 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.

In addition, she has provided consulting assistance to communities across the nation through her company, Fiveash Consulting.

“We at OBX Room in The Inn are so fortunate to have found Shari during our nationwide search for an Executive Director,” said Gail Hutchison, President of OBX Room in The Inn. “As a tremendously experienced and multi-talented non-profit executive, she has the skills and experience we need to take OBX Room in The Inn to the next level as we endeavor to serve the homeless and displaced in Dare County.”

Shari has served in leadership positions on the boards of many nonprofit organizations, including: the Hartford Rescue Mission, the Kentucky Committee for the Guard and Reserve, and the World Equestrian Games.

In her role as a Loaned Executive for the United Way, Shari raised over one million dollars. Her volunteer activities have included meal preparation in homeless shelters in Hartford, Connecticut, and Fayetteville.

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