AmeriCorps member lives out his passion to serve, at Avivo
Bill was ready to serve and joined the Minnesota Opportunity Corps two years ago and was placed at Avivo. Since then, he’s treasured his time helping students at Avivo learn how to find confidence they never knew they had. Read more
Avivo Village Update – August 2021
We are excited to share an update on Avivo Village as we continue to work hard with partners, funders, and government leaders on unsheltered homelessness. Avivo Village has been open for over six months now and is home to individuals moving from homelessness to permanent housing. Learn more
New Avivo program for refugees helps the entire family
With Avivo’s help, Mohamadek and his sister are going to college this fall. They’ll be the first in their family to ever attend college. Their family was also the first to enter Avivo’s new Family Coaching Program, which helps new refugee families adjust to life in the United States and thrive. Read more
A lifetime of giving makes a difference!
Mary and John Jelinek’s support for Avivo is very personal. They’ve been giving to Avivo and its related recovery programs for more than 20 years. Their son had struggled with alcohol and drugs and went through treatment several times before achieving sobriety. Read more
Avivo partners with local organizations to distribute free meals
Avivo is excited to partner with Second Harvest Heartland’s Minnesota Central Kitchen and Involve MN to combat food insecurity in the Chicago Avenue neighborhood in Minneapolis – providing 75-100 free, fresh, warm meals to people in need. Read more
Volunteer partners key to updating recovery housing at Avivo
April is National Volunteer Month, and we’re honoring the current and past volunteer build partners who are helping create dignified living spaces for mothers and families in our recovery housing. Read more
Avivo provides emergency shelter for 32 during dangerous cold
Dangerous cold was on the way to Minnesota in early February and Avivo’s housing teams knew beds at traditional shelters would run out quickly. Staff acted quickly to create emergency shelter beds that allowed folks to come in from the cold. Read more
Avivo and Hennepin Theatre Trust partner for downtown art exhibit
Avivo teamed up with the Hennepin Theatre Trust in January for a show called “Avivo ArtWorks Collective” — a pop-up art exhibit on display in storefront windows along Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. Learn more
Avivo Village on a rapid course for completion
Avivo Village, an indoor community of 100 secure, private dwellings or “tiny houses” created to provide shelter to individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness, is currently being built in Minneapolis’ North Loop Neighborhood. Learn more
Volunteer honored for going above and beyond to help career education participants
Taylor Dixon of TEKsystems has been honored with Avivo’s 2020 Karen Sakol Award! The award is given each year to a member of our Business Partner Council. The recipient embodies the giving spirit of Karen Sakol, a past influential and charter business partner council member. Read more
2020’s Adopt-A-Family breaks records for families served
This year’s Adopt-A-Family set a new all-time record, with 220 donors providing holiday gifts to 440 families (including 1072 children) in Avivo’s programs! Read more
Avivo program helps caregivers suddenly forced to provide for their families
Avivo provides a unique program for caregivers, previously dependent on the financial support of others, who need to enter the workforce and support their families. The impact of the pandemic has made this program more important than ever. Learn more
Avivo helps 62 people leave homeless camp for hotel and access to services
Read this Minnesota Reformer article about how Avivo helped 62 people move from “The Wall of Forgotten Natives” homeless encampment in Minneapolis to a hotel, where individuals will receive access to Avivo’s programs and services.
Innovative program redesign brings mental health activities into the community
Avivo has operated a site-based Community Support Program for over 30 years, which serves more than 1,100 individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness each year. Due to the pandemic, a major program redesign was needed to switch gears to a community-based approach. Read more
Q&A: How Avivo telehealth services increase access, serve more
We teamed up with Avivo staff to learn how telehealth is advancing Avivo’s services during the pandemic and beyond. Read the Q&A
Q&A: Learn how Avivo is innovating to link more people to services, faster
We spoke with two Avivo staff about a new mobile program which allows people experiencing long-term homelessness to complete comprehensive assessments where they live or stay. Read the Q&A
Avivo evacuates encampment to hotels & finds people housing
On May 28, just hours before a night of rioting and violence in Minneapolis following the murder of George Floyd, Avivo outreach staff coordinated a swift evacuation of more than 70 unsheltered people. We’re now working to find those individuals permanent housing. Read more
Signs of Hope at Avivo
Avivo’s program participants and staff are mourning George Floyd and for their communities. Peer support specialists worked with women and families in our recovery programs to create signs of hope. See the signs
Q&A: How Avivo's Youth Employment Programs are adapting during the era of COVID-19
How are Avivo’s youth employment counselors staying in touch with program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic? How do these programs help youth and young adults? We catch up with program director Becca Lopez to learn the answers. Read more
2020 Avivo Night of Champions sets new records
More than 200 guests attended this year’s Avivo Night of Champions, where we recognized four Avivo champions and raised more than $85,000, funds which will support Avivo’s programs and services. Read more
Avivo program encourages culturally-specific and culturally-responsive care
“There’s such a lack of mental health clinicians in Minnesota from diverse backgrounds.” With recent funding, Avivo launched a workforce development program to increase diversity of mental health professionals. Read more
Avivo partner recognized for volunteerism and giving
“Avivo seemed like a natural choice for Advent Talent Group’s Breaking Barriers initiative… Avivo has such a great holistic approach to helping families.” Advent Talent Group, an important Avivo partner, recently received well-deserved recognition as a 2019 Minnesota Keystone Honored Company. Read more
Adopt-A-Family program sets new record for families served
“It was so incredibly kind of you to add my family to your thoughts and holiday gift list,” shared one mother whose family received gifts. This year’s Adopt-A-Family program set an all-time record, with 171 generous donors providing holiday gifts to 388 families in Avivo’s programs. Read more
Q & A on Avivo’s new street outreach program with manager David Jeffries
Avivo’s new street outreach program specifically serves indigenous people living on the streets. Program manager David Jeffries answers thoughtful questions about how street outreach works and why it’s an important part of addressing homelessness. Read the Q & A
Star Tribune reports on arts partnership between Avivo and COMPAS
“Free Twin Cities art workshops teach people with mental illness new skills, boost confidence,” writes reporter Kelly Smith. The program is part of a partnership with COMPAS, a MN arts nonprofit with more than 100 artists. Read the article
Reimagining education & career training at Avivo through EMPath Approach
Avivo has launched a two-year, career training pilot program using the EMPath model — a brain-science based approach that recognizes the prevalence of trauma, and helps people living in poverty reach economic independence. Read more
2019 BACKtoSCHOOL Campaign surpasses goals
Thanks to your support, more than 1,500 students will have backpacks full of school supplies after a successful BACKtoSCHOOL Campaign. This year’s 1,585 backpacks donated far surpassed our goal of 1,000 backpacks. Read more
Dozens of Avivo participants receive suits at Men’s Wearhouse Suit Giveaway
Fifty-nine participants in Avivo’s programs received at least one suit with shirts and accessories during this year’s Men’s Wearhouse Suit Giveaway. Many will wear their new suits to future job interviews. Read more
Minneapolis Councilmember Warsame visits Avivo to meet ESL students and their children
Minneapolis Councilmember Abdi Warsame visited Avivo for a community concern listening session, to talk with Avivo’s ESL students and their children, and hear their concerns. Read more
Meet Emily Bastian - Avivo's new Vice President of Chemical & Mental Health
We’re excited to announce that Emily Bastian has been promoted to Avivo’s Vice President of Chemical & Mental Health. “Avivo is a leader in providing access, treatment and supportive services for our community members who struggle the most with substance use, mental illness, homelessness and economic disparities,” shares Emily. Learn more
Avivo’s Community Support Program Celebrates 30 Years
“Love heals. I saw love at all of the CSPs.” Avivo’s Community Support Program is celebrating 30 years of serving individuals with severe and persistent mental illness. Learn more
Avivo joins new collaborative to recruit and train workers for printing industry
Avivo is entering a new partnership in 2019, creating curriculum and training resources for potential employees of the printing industry. Learn more
Mayor Frey Declares April 23 “Red Lake Nation and Avivo Ending Homelessness Day in Minneapolis”
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has declared Tuesday, April 23, to be “Red Lake Nation & Avivo Ending Homelessness Day in the City of Minneapolis.” This proclamation from Mayor Frey comes after Avivo successfully housed the first 103 individuals from the Wall of Forgotten Natives homeless encampment and Navigation Center. Learn more and read the proclamation
Melody uses music to help individuals living with mental illness find community
What about listening to your favorite songs makes you feel so great? Melody used music’s stress-reducing and relaxing properties to create Melody’s Melodies, a music therapy group. Read more
KARE 11 features successful Avivo participant and highlights volunteer partnership with HandsOn Twin Cities
In celebration of HandsOn Twin Cities’ 100 year anniversary, KARE 11 Sunrise featured Avivo as a nonprofit partner and beneficiary of their services, and highlighted the story of a successful Avivo program participant. Watch the story
Avivo and A Backyard Farm create community garden and learning experience
“There’s more to growing food than just creating a garden.” Gardening in March? It might be a little bit early, but we’re already strategizing about how to produce the most food and the best growing (and learning) experiences for Avivo’s participants this year. Read more
Avivo Night of Champions raises more than $50,000 to support Avivo’s programs
WCCO-TV’s Reg Chapman emceed this year’s annual celebration and fundraising event, which recognizes community champions making a difference in the lives of the people Avivo serves. Read more
Avivo participants meet their legislators at the Minnesota State Capitol
“I am a felon, and I came to share my story,” says Richard, Avivo program participant and Second Chance Day attendee. Richard is one of a number of Avivo program participants and staff headed to the Capitol for four “days on the hill” during the 2019 Minnesota legislative session. Read more
New art garden at Avivo builds excitement for spring
Thanks to funding from MRAC (Metropolitan Regional Arts Council), Avivo ArtWorks is beautifying a community garden created last year with colorful artwork, benches, and a mural. Learn more
Record 339 families receive holiday gifts through Adopt-A-Family program
“This year was huge. Our donors are amazing.” This year’s Adopt-A-Family provided a record number of families in Avivo’s programs gifts for the holidays. Read more
"Give folks a chance!"
WCCO’s Reg Chapman tours the Wall of Forgotten Natives, a Minneapolis homeless encampment, where the Red Lake Nation recently chose to partner with Avivo in order to house 100 people. Watch the WCCO report
Red Lake Nation and Avivo partner to house 100 residents of Minneapolis homeless encampment
“They were always there, addressing personal needs and providing supplies requested by the community,” says Red Lake Tribal Secretary Sam Strong. “They were offering connections to housing, chemical and mental health services, and supportive services.” Learn more about the partnership
Avivo purchases apartment buildings to preserve family recovery housing
“Housing stability improves treatment success for our participants.” After the owner decided to sell this past summer, Avivo has purchased two multi-family apartment buildings to preserve recovery housing for the families and individuals in its outpatient treatment programs. Learn more about the purchase
Avivo presented 2018 MACMHP Program Innovation and Community Collaboration award
The MACMHP Program Innovation and Community Collaboration Award recognizes an organization who developed innovative ways to promote health and wellness, and Avivo was one of three organizations to receive an award this year for work related to tobacco cessation. Read more about this accomplishment
“We need to be able to jump on that motivation for change immediately ... Hospitals routinely discharge patients who are still suffering from withdrawal, and the first thing that patients do is run out and get a chemical to relieve their pain.”
Star Tribune reporter Chris Serres interviewed one of Avivo’s program directors for this article about how doctors are filling a gap in the system by treating opioid addiction in the emergency room at HCMC. Learn more about this important change
Avivo Expands Youth Employment Programs in St. Paul and eastern Twin Cities metro
“The need is urgent,” says Antoinette, an Avivo youth participant who lives in the east metro. “There’s a lot of youth out here who are on the wrong track.” Avivo is expanding its youth employment programs to reach more youth in St. Paul and the eastern metro. Learn more about Avivo’s youth program expansion
Avivo's 2018 Build-A-Backpack Drive is a Success
Thanks to the support from individuals and organizations during this year’s Build-A-Backpack Drive, Avivo provided more than 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies, benefiting hundreds of families Avivo serves. Learn about this year’s backpack drive
Avivo's Americorps VISTA, Melissa Evers, featured in Star Tribune article about Recovery Corps and expanded volunteerism in Minnesota
Melissa Evers has made quite an impact in the lives of Avivo participants as an Americorps VISTA working in Avivo’s peer recovery program. Read this article by the Star Tribune’s Shannon Prather highlighting the VISTA program and Minnesota’s first-ever Recovery Corps program.
Avivo highlighted in Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder in "A force for good: Avivo treatment center provides safe place for recovery."
Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder reporter Dwight Hobbs covers Avivo and writes about how Avivo’s location, near nodes of historically high-crime, uniquely situates the organization to help the most people. Read more
Avivo is now tobacco-free at all locations, and it's getting attention
Avivo featured in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' nationwide newsletter
Avivo is featured in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ nationwide newsletter in “A Fresh Start: Living in Recovery and Gaining Self-Sufficiency.” Read the article
Erik Aamoth joins Avivo as VP of Career Education & Employment Services
“There’s a higher need for more inclusivity in the workplace and the need to connect the communities we serve to employers. Nonprofit organizations are the future.” Erik Aamoth comes to Avivo with 15 years of leadership experience in the workforce development industry. Learn more about Erik
Avivo featured in Star Tribune article about faster access to treatment in Minnesota
Star Tribune reporter Chris Serres visited Avivo early one morning to meet people waiting for access to treatment programs. Learn more about his visit and how Minnesota is working to get people access to treatment faster.
Avivo participants work with Our Streets Minneapolis for safer streets
Avivo program participants in Minneapolis have a strong voice to advocate for safer streets, thanks to a partnership between Avivo and Our Streets Minneapolis. Read more
Avivo staff attends National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Conference
The current opioid crisis in America is impacting people coast to coast, including those in Minnesota and the Twin Cities. It’s important to Claude Maddox, Avivo’s director of recovery support services, that Avivo stays on top of the most current techniques to combat the crisis. Read about important takeaways learned at this year’s conference.
Avivo partners with Catholic Charities and Neighborhood House to help reduce homelessness in Minnesota
Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Avivo is working with new partners to provide basic adult education, career education, and housing stability to 120 individuals experiencing homelessness over the next two years. More more about this partnership
Somali-speaking Avivo participants learn English to help with job hunt
“Our goal is to get people into short-term training … Get people the English to be able to advance their career and start moving toward self-sufficiency.”
15-20 Somali-speaking immigrants attend Avivo’s ESL classes every week. Learn about Avivo’s ESL classes and how they’re helping participants find jobs.
Updated recovery housing at Avivo with help from partners
“I think it’s amazing. I know whoever comes after me is gonna love it here,” says Tamika (pictured to right), a mother and Avivo residential treatment program participant.
Thanks to a unique partnership with BATC-Housing First Minnesota, Avivo is updating housing for mothers in recovery. Learn about this partnership
Avivo participants and staff speak out at the Capitol
Avivo staff and program participants headed to the Minnesota State Capitol for three important advocacy days: Homeless Day, Second Chance Day, and Mental Health Day. Learn more
Record attendance at Avivo’s 2018 Annual Celebration
Nearly 140 people attended this year’s Annual Celebration, a new record! Attendees celebrated this year’s Avivo Champions — individuals and businesses who advance Avivo’s mission through significant involvement or support. Learn about this year’s Champions
We’re number 7 in reducing homelessness
Avivo provided housing support for 452 individuals experiencing homelessness in Minnesota last year, and is ranked seventh in Hennepin County’s Continuum of Care provider list. Find out why this is a big deal.
Teaching the value of nutrition to mothers in recovery
“The women… their strength and courage is inspiring.” Christianne Arnold is a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota – School of Nursing. Learn how she’s helping our staff learn how to teach mothers in recovery the value of nutrition.
"He’s helped so many of our program participants find jobs.”
Learn about Steve, a volunteer at our St. Cloud office, who enjoys meeting, and helping, people who come from a variety of different backgrounds.
"Minnesota spends millions on workforce training. Here's how they track whether those programs are actually effective."
Minnesota nonprofits like Avivo help thousands of people every year, with help from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). MinnPost highlights Avivo as they explore how DEED is able to measure success when they’re talking about individual lives. Read more from MinnPost.
"With tobacco ban, local nonprofits try to break the smoking/recovery connection."
MinnPost highlights Avivo and two other nonprofits as we move toward non-smoking facilities to help our program participants break the smoking/recovery connection. Read more from MinnPost.
Avivo teaches program participants how to budget
One in three Americans prepares a monthly budget and follows it. Avivo is using Monopoly money to help lower-income program participants learn how to create and follow a budget. Read more.
"Amid worker shortage, DEED prioritizes investment in employment training programs."
MinnPost highlights Avivo as they explore Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) efforts to expand our workforce. Read more from MinnPost.
Seeing someone’s smile after they get a gift they love is one of the best feelings of the holiday season. For many families in our programs, purchasing gifts for their children can be difficult, or even impossible. Learn how you can help.
Our new name... Avivo
After a multi-year branding process, which engaged constituents and staff across the organization, we chose a new name that captures the essence of who we are. The new name is Avivo (formerly RESOURCE).
Avivo plans to be tobacco-free by July of 2018
Learn more about how Avivo plans to be tobacco-free by July of 2018.
“If I can help people build those necessary skill sets they might have not acquired elsewhere in life, then I feel like I’ve done something good.”
Learn about Jon, who volunteers to help people get jobs.
“The award was very unexpected and humbling.”
Learn about Avivo staff member Tiffany and the award she won that will help Avivo more efficiently serve participants.
“It’s everything. It’s my purpose.”
Learn about how Jude volunteers to help mothers in treatment connect with their babies.
“I’d like to bring some light to people if I can… bring some good vibes.”
Learn more about why Taylor volunteers and how he shares the beauty of art with Avivo ArtWorks participants.
“To know that I am part of a participant’s journey of getting a job, or landing a career, is incredible.”
Find out how volunteering gives Sarah, an Avivo Business Partner Council member, the chance to be part of the impact
Avivo receives Minneapolis’ 2016 Youth Services Partner Award
Learn more about the City of Minneapolis award honors Avivo with delivering exceptional services to Minneapolis youth.