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

Jan
21
Mon
LUNCH: Turkey Burgers
Jan 21 @ 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: Chicken
Jan 21 @ 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.

Jan
22
Tue
AIDS Action Day
Jan 22 all-day

All are welcome to join JustUs Health (formerly MAP) at the state capitol in St. Paul on Tuesday, January 22 for AIDS Action Day! More info here: https://www.justushealth.mn/education/advocacy/aids-action-day-2019

LUNCH: Steak Stirfry
Jan 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: Pork Loin
Jan 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.

MAC Meeting
Jan 22 @ 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.

Jan
23
Wed
LUNCH: Melt Sandwiches
Jan 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: Pork Loin
Jan 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.

Jan
24
Thu
Bingo for Members
Jan 24 @ 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: Chicken with Lentils
Jan 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.