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.


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


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

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
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

BRUNCH @ The Aliveness Project Dining Room
Oct 21 @ 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,

Park House Reunion @ The Aliveness Project Dining Room and/or Lobby
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Since Park House (provider of wonderful HIV-mental health services) closed on January 5, 2017, participants and staff have requested a monthly “reunion” day at Aliveness. The FOURTH SATURDAY of each month from 11 am – 12:30 pm will be a designated time for people to get together and continue to check in and see each other. James and Shannon will be present, and Aliveness members are welcome to enjoy brunch as well.

Bingo (benefiting The Aliveness Project)
Oct 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Aliveness Project operates charitable gaming with pull tabs and bingo at various Twin Cities bars. With bingo, there are ten games, with the last round being a coverall for a $500 jackpot. Games 1 – 9 cost $1 each game, the 10th game jackpot costs $2.

Contact Person: Scott Schlaffman, Charitable Gaming Coordinator, (612) 822-7946

“Ham Time” Youth Art Group @ The Aliveness Project dining room
Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Local group Madame of the Arts runs a queer/trans art group for youth ages 12-21 called “Ham Time.” Ham Time meets monthly on the third Saturday at Aliveness when the building is closed to members and the general public.

For more information, contact Gelli Overton, Peer Program Coordinator, at (612) 822-7946, ext. 209,

Oct 22 – Oct 23 all-day

The Aliveness Project is CLOSED for all services on Sundays.

Saloon Employee Drag Show (to benefit Aliveness)
Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Employees at the Saloon Gay Bar have an annual drag show and the beneficiary this year is The Aliveness Project! Cover charge and tips go to Aliveness.

LUNCH: @ The Aliveness Project Dining Room
Oct 23 @ 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: @ The Aliveness Project Dining Room
Oct 23 @ 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.

Community (Group) Acupuncture for Members
Oct 24 all-day

Members, call to sign up for community acupuncture, offered every Tuesday morning with Leah! 612-822-7946

Talk Therapy for Members
Oct 24 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.