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

The Aliveline: January 2018

January 31, 2018

January 15, 2018 Greetings! Happy New Year from The Aliveness Project!  We are so lucky to have each of you as members, volunteers and supporters, and I am excited to see what 2018 has in store for us. In many ways, 2017 was a year of building at Aliveness – growing programs, refreshing our brand,…

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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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Upcoming Events

Feb
25
Sun
CLOSED
Feb 25 all-day

The Aliveness Project is CLOSED for all services on Sundays.

Feb
26
Mon
LUNCH: Kofta (Middle Eastern meat patties)
Feb 26 @ 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.

Harm Reduction/Recovery Meeting
Feb 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Eric Clemensen, our new drug and alcohol counselor from HCMC, will be facilitating a support group focused on harm reduction and recovery. Please note that this is open to members who are sober OR using and trying to be safer. This is for Aliveness members only.

For more details, contact Eric at (612) 822-7946, ext. 218 or (612) 296-8911.

DINNER: Pork Loin
Feb 26 @ 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.

Feb
27
Tue
Talk Therapy for Members
Feb 27 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: Roast Beef
Feb 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: Baked Chicken
Feb 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.

MAC Meeting
Feb 27 @ 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.

Feb
28
Wed
“Ask the Pharmacist”
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Jeremy Rogosheske from Community: A Walgreens Pharmacy will be available in the dining room over lunch on Wednesday, Feb. 28 (rescheduled from cancellation on February 21).

LUNCH: Tofu Noodle Salad
Feb 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.