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.

Olive Branch Ministry also manages the Gaston County Opioid Overdose Response Team, in partnership with Partners Behavioral Health, CaroMont Regional Medical Center, and Gaston County EMS and Law Enforcement.

Olive Branch Ministry was founded in 2009 and became a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2015.