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

Aliveline Update: August 2017

September 14, 2017

It’s hard to believe the season is about to change again! As these last days of summer approach, we are already thinking carefully about what Fall and 2018 will bring. This has been a year of many gifts -new people, new donors, new members and new staff – and of course our amazing and solid…

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Upcoming Events

Feb
22
Thu
Bingo for Members
Feb 22 @ 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: Pork with Plum Sauce
Feb 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: Meatloaf (menu change)
Feb 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.

“Play Date” Youth Volunteer Night
Feb 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

“Play Date” usually occurs on the 4th Thursday of the month from 7-9 pm. It is by invitation (contact Gelli) for queer-trans youth. We put together safer sex kits for use by The Aliveness Project outreach team while watching an LGBT movie.

FREE TICKETS: “Two Mile Hollow” at Mixed Blood Theatre
Feb 22 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Members, we have a limited number of free tickets to “Two Mile Hollow” at The Mixed Blood Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 7:30 pm. Please call the Front Desk at (612) 822-7946 to reserve your tickets!

Feb
23
Fri
Life Coaching for Members
Feb 23 all-day

Certified Life Coach Tom Rotman is available for Aliveness members by appointment on Friday mornings. He has helped members quit smoking, work on employment and resumes, work through emotional issues, and more. Members, if you are interested in setting goals to overcome barriers in your life, please call (612) 822-7946 to schedule an appointment.

Trivia for Members
Feb 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Members, join us for trivia in the dining room before lunch every Friday at 11 am. Answer trivia questions to win prizes and knowledge.

“Care to Connect” Study
Feb 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 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 dinner on Mondays, lunch on Fridays or brunch on Saturdays.

LUNCH: Leftovers
Feb 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.

Feb
24
Sat
BRUNCH
Feb 24 @ 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