Description: Olive Branch Ministry was founded by Karen Lowe and Michelle Mathis as a way to bring faith-based harm reduction to the Foothills area of NC. Our desire is to extend hope and extend life through nonjudgemental interactions with those we are called to serve. Olive Branch initially partnered with local agencies and faith groups to provide health and wellness education, HIV testing, and homeless outreach to Catawba County and the surrounding area. As years passed, Olive Branch’s outreach ministry grew and as of 2018, serves seven counties in western North Carolina. The organization partners with local human service organizations, faith communities, hospitals, mental and public health agencies, and private corporations and citizens to work with those in need of harm reduction services.
What: Homeless Outreach, Social Justice Advocacy, and Voter Education, Syringe Exchange and Naloxone Distribution,
Where: Seven counties in western North Carolina Why: We believe that we are called to serve marginalized people through faith-based Harm Reduction. This takes various forms, depending on who we are working with and what their needs are. We believe in honoring and respecting each’s journey. No judgment. Just Love. We are about one mission: Extending Hope. Extending Life.Visit Olive Branch Ministry