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

Minneapolis City Council Puts Ending HIV on the Fast-Track

March 12, 2018

Aliveness joined our friends at Minnesota AIDS Project as Mayor Jacob Frey signed a resolution that puts Minneapolis on the fast track to end the HIV epidemic. The goals are 90% of PLHIV know their status, are on antiretroviral therapy, and achieve viral suppression, and the elimination of HIV stigma and discrimination. Minneapolis is one…

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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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Upcoming Events

Apr
24
Tue
Talk Therapy for Members
Apr 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.

LUNCH: Beef Kofta (Middle Eastern-spiced meatballs)
Apr 24 @ 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.

Program HH Help Available
Apr 24 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Rob Kacheroski, Customer Care Specialist from Program HH, will be available at The Aliveness Project on Tuesdays from 12 – 2 pm for assistance on a walk-in basis. He can review your benefits and handle annual applications as well as six month updates.

If you would like to contact Rob directly, call (651) 431-2398.

DINNER: Chicken with Capers
Apr 24 @ 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
Apr 24 @ 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.

Apr
25
Wed
LUNCH: Tofu Noodle Salad
Apr 25 @ 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: BBQ Chicken
Apr 25 @ 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.

Apr
26
Thu
Aliveness CLOSED for Members
Apr 26 all-day

Thursday, April 26 is Dining Out for Life, our biggest fundraiser of the year! We need all staff to participate, so our building will be CLOSED for all services except for a bag lunch to go for members from 12 – 2 pm. Thank  you for your understanding.

Dining Out For Life
Apr 26 all-day

The Aliveness Project’s signature annual event, Dining Out For Life, is happening on Thursday, April 26, 2018! Support Aliveness by dining at one of many participating restaurants that day — choose your favorite here: www.DiningOutForLifeMN.org.

LUNCH: Sandwiches TO GO
Apr 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Members may stop by to pick up a bag lunch to go from 12 – 2 pm that includes a simple sandwich, piece of fruit, and bottled water. The building is otherwise CLOSED all day — no dinner and no services. Thank you for your understanding.