Olive Branch Ministry is a faith-based harm reduction outreach organization, based in the Foothills of NC and was founded in 2009 by Michelle Mathis and Karen Lowe becoming a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2015.
Olive Branch 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.
Our desire is to extend hope and extend life through non judgmental interactions with those we are called to serve.
The following information is cited from Harm Reduction Coalition:
Harm reduction is a set of practical strategies and ideas aimed at reducing negative consequences associated with drug use. Harm Reduction is also a movement for social justice built on a belief in, and respect for, the rights of people who use drugs.
Harm reduction incorporates a spectrum of strategies from safer use, to managed use to abstinence to meet drug users “where they’re at,” addressing conditions of use along with the use itself. Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve drug users reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction.
However, HRC considers the following principles central to harm reduction practice:
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