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

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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Jeffrey: Administrative Volunteer

September 14, 2017

I became a volunteer at The Aliveness Project beginning in March 2017. I had just quit my full-time position and wanted to fill my newly-found time with something constructive. One of my favorite past jobs was at the Minnesota AIDS Project so I was aware of all the great things The Aliveness Project does. I…

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Upcoming Events

Sep
23
Sun
CLOSED
Sep 23 all-day

The Aliveness Project is CLOSED for all services on Sundays.

Open Streets Nicollet
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join The Aliveness Project for our neighborhood block party, Open Streets Nicollet! All of Nicollet Avenue will be closed from Lake Street to 46th Street with free activities. Aliveness will be having a chalk art competition in the parking lot, join us to create some art and potentially win a $100 Buffalo Exchange giftcard! To register for the art competition in advance, contact Brad Bryan at brad@aliveness.org, (612) 822-7946, ext. 209.

Sep
24
Mon
LUNCH:
Sep 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.

DINNER
Sep 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.

Sep
25
Tue
Yoga for Members
Sep 25 @ 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:
Sep 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.

Program HH Help Available
Sep 25 @ 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
Sep 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.

MAC Meeting
Sep 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 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.

Sep
26
Wed
LUNCH
Sep 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.