Living Life

People living with HIV
leading healthy & self-directed lives

Be Your Authentic Self

Life, Not Just Survival

Be Supported

About The Aliveness Project

Everyone should have the opportunity to lead a healthy, self-directed life, and people living with HIV should not feel stuck, isolated, or stigmatized.

The Aliveness Project was founded as a community center for and driven by people living with HIV. For over 30 years, we have been facilitating connection to community, offering nutrition & wellness services, and linking our members to resources to lead fulfilling & healthy lives.

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A Safe Place of Support

"Aliveness has been a support in healthcare, both mental and physical and has given me a place to join a community and further my leadership skills.

My life is healthier, less scary, and highly empowered because of The Aliveness Project."

- Alex

A Community of Friends

"I volunteer to honor my friend Marc, who died 20 years ago from complications related to AIDS. Volunteering has given me a community and I was welcomed from the very beginning.

Volunteering at Aliveness also pushes me to learn more about the issues that people living with HIV face, like addiction, mental health, and housing." 

- Peggy

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Benefits
for our members

Meals & Food Shelf

Our  Dining Room is the heart of our community. Hot, scratch-cooked meals are available six days a week and specifically prepared to benefit people living with HIV.

Our Food Shelf is open four days a week and members can visit monthly and select up to 60 pounds of groceries.

Integrative Therapy

Useful therapies such as

Acupuncture
Massage
Chiropractic Care
Talk Therapy

Provided to members at no cost in a clean, comfortable space where members can relax and receive the full benefits of these therapies.

Nutritional Therapy

Full-time dietitian who specializes in HIV related nutrition needs offering:

Body composition analysis
Nutrition coaching
Linkage to state nutrition programs
Menu planning and creation of shopping lists
Care coordination with other health care professionals

Case Management

Linking members to resources to restore or sustain stability including:

Medication assistance
Health insurance and benefits
Housing resources
Sex/HIV education
Employment
Chemical use and mental health resources

Member Services

Maximizing the member experience and helping members connect to community through:

Free tickets to cultural and sporting events
Fun and educational activities at the community center

Know your status

Get tested to find out if you are living with HIV. Aliveness offers testing during regular business hours.

Become a member

1. Fill out the form and provide proof you are living with HIV

2. Come to our community center at 3808 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis

3. Gain access to member benefits, resources, and community

Support or Volunteer

We have an active, large family of supporters at The Aliveness Project. Many of our supporters do some or all of the following:

  • Raise funds through Dining Out For Life and other events
  • Volunteer at our community center
  • Raise awareness about HIV/AIDS
  • Advocate at the local, state, and national level

Newsletter & Updates

Holiday Gift Program Update

October 12, 2017

You might have heard we are making some changes to the Holiday Gift Program. A group of members, staff, and volunteers brainstormed ways to build community around the holidays while still allowing for plenty of opportunities for people to volunteer and donate to the effort. Here are some opportunities for you to participate in this…

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Food Shelf Reaches July Goal!

September 14, 2017

A BIG thank you to everyone who donated to The Aliveness Project Food Shelf in July! Thanks to your support, we were able to raise $5,282 and $5,000 will be matched by Open Your Heart to the Hungry and Homeless. It truly took a community to help us surpass our goal. We’re grateful for: A…

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Upcoming Events

Nov
20
Mon
Chiropractic Available for Members
Nov 20 all-day

Members, call the Front Desk at (612) 822-7946 to inquire about times for a chiropractic adjustment. Available first come, first serve on the first and third Mondays of the month from 1-3 pm.

DINNER: Peanut Chicken
Nov 20 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

Nov
21
Tue
Talk Therapy for Members
Nov 21 all-day

Members, licensed psychologist Kathy Vader is available Tuesday afternoons for talk therapy by appointment. She is a great listener! Call the Front Desk at (612) 822-7946 to sign up.

CANCELLED: Community (Group) Acupuncture for Members
Nov 21 all-day

Members, call the Front Desk at (612) 822-7946 to book an acupuncture session with Leah on Tuesday mornings. It is in a group setting.

LUNCH: BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

CANCELLED: T’ai Chi @ The Alivenes Project Community Room
Nov 21 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Due to lack of participation, T’ai Chi will no longer be offered at The Aliveness Project.

“Care to Connect” Study
Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Members, do you go to HCMC? If so, you may qualify to take a survey and receive a giftcard! Check in with Thu over lunch on Fridays or over dinner on Tuesdays.

DINNER: Chicken Paprikash (chicken in cream sauce over egg noodles)
Nov 21 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

Board Meeting @ The Aliveness Project Conference Room
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Interested in joining our Board? The Board of Directors of The Aliveness Project is seeking qualified individuals to serve as new Board members. Board members serve two-year terms and will involve serving on committees and volunteer work (such as helping with fundraising events, etc.) Individuals with experience in human resources, legal, financial or fundraising are encouraged to apply.

Contact Person: Amy Moser, Executive Director, 612-822-7946, ext. 201, amy@aliveness.org

Nov
22
Wed
Bingo for Members
Nov 22 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Members, come play bingo in the dining room for prizes before our Aliveness Thanksgiving! Bingo starts at 11 am, our holiday lunch starts at noon.

LUNCH: Fall Feast (holiday meal)
Nov 22 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

DINNER: Fall Feast (holiday meal)
Nov 22 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

Nov
23
Thu
CLOSED for Thanksgiving
Nov 23 – Nov 24 all-day
Nov
25
Sat
BRUNCH
Nov 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

Contact Person: Zack Babel, Food Services Manager, (612) 822-7946, ext. 210, zachary@aliveness.org

Nov
26
Sun
CLOSED
Nov 26 – Nov 27 all-day

The Aliveness Project is CLOSED for all services on Sundays.

Nov
27
Mon
Meditation Mondays
Nov 27 @ 11:00 am – 11:45 am

Members, join us Mondays for some quiet reflection through guided group meditation. Sign up at the Front Desk (612) 822-7946 (or drop-ins also welcome).

LUNCH
Nov 27 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

DINNER
Nov 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

Nov
28
Tue
Talk Therapy for Members
Nov 28 all-day

Members, licensed psychologist Kathy Vader is available Tuesday afternoons for talk therapy by appointment. She is a great listener! Call the Front Desk at (612) 822-7946 to sign up.

LUNCH
Nov 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

CANCELLED: T’ai Chi @ The Alivenes Project Community Room
Nov 28 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Due to lack of participation, T’ai Chi will no longer be offered at The Aliveness Project.

“Care to Connect” Study
Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Members, do you go to HCMC? If so, you may qualify to take a survey and receive a giftcard! Check in with Thu over lunch on Fridays or over dinner on Tuesdays.

DINNER
Nov 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

MAC Meeting
Nov 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) is a group of Aliveness members that have stepped forward in a leadership capacity. MAC members are expected to attend monthly meetings to offer feedback on Aliveness policies and operation, as well as volunteer for special events.

To participate in the MAC, you must be a member of The Aliveness Project, complete and submit a MAC application to the Front Desk, and be voted in by the existing council.

Nov
29
Wed
LUNCH
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

DINNER
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

Nov
30
Thu
Bingo for Members
Nov 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Members, join us in the dining room before lunch to play Bingo! Win prizes and glory, meet other members, and then enjoy a nice meal.

LUNCH
Nov 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

DINNER
Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Meals are free for members, no reservation required. Each meal features a nutritious entrée, salad bar, soup, beverages and dessert. Children under 12 may eat free when accompanied by a parent who is a member.

Dec
1
Fri
World AIDS Day Annual Breakfast @ All God's Children MCC Church
Dec 1 @ 7:30 am – 10:00 am

In recognition of World AIDS Day, we invite you to join leaders, activists, organizations, and faith communities for the 1st Annual World AIDS Day Breakfast. Join us for a time of reflection and remembrance as we pause to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS, reflect on their legacy and their witness, and raise awareness about the spread of HIV and what we can do to end the epidemic in our generation. Through words of poetry and prayer, music of hope and promise, and rituals of renewal and rebirth, we gather to imagine a world without HIV.

Sponsored by and featuring exhibits from the African-American AIDS Task Force, The Aliveness Project, Clare Housing, Minnesota AIDS Project, One Heartland, and Youth and AIDS Projects. Learn about opportunities for service, advocacy, and volunteering as part of our renewed commitment to create an AIDS-free generation.

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