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

March is Minnesota FoodShare Month

March 12, 2018

The Aliveness Project Food Shelf is excited to be participating in Minnesota FoodShare‘s March Campaign again this year. Minnesota FoodShare is a program of Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC) that aims to address poverty and food insecurity through involving thousands of Minnesotans in advocacy, education, and awareness efforts. Every year, people come together to…

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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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Upcoming Events

Dec
10
Mon
LUNCH: Pasta
Dec 10 @ 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
Dec 10 @ 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
11
Tue
Yoga for Members
Dec 11 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Members, join Josef, our volunteer yoga instructor, for a gentle session that focuses on breathing and stretching. Open to beginners, yoga mats provided. Accommodations can be made for people of all physical conditions.

LUNCH:
Dec 11 @ 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
Dec 11 @ 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
Dec 11 @ 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
12
Wed
LUNCH
Dec 12 @ 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
Dec 12 @ 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.

Members Dinner Presentation: “Women & HIV”
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Members, join us at French Meadow restaurant in Uptown for a dinner presentation on “Women & HIV” on Wednesday, Dec. 12 from 6-7:30 pm. We’ll enjoy a delicious dinner and discuss this topic with Jean Willis from Gilead Sciences (an HIV pharmaceutical company).

All members are welcome, but space is limited and sign up is required. Contact the Front Desk at (612) 822-7946.

Dec
13
Thu
Bingo for Members
Dec 13 @ 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.