Avivo Participants. Living Well. Working Well.

“Next to coming to America, Avivo was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Learn about Sameya, a Somali-American mother of three. In 1991, civil war broke out in Somalia, which forever changed her life.

"Parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews…we rely on whoever can work in the house to be able to pay the bills."

Learn about Gao, and how’s she’s overcome the odds to succeed in school and go to college.

Kevin has autism, which makes the nuances of the workplace that might come easily for others, difficult for him.

Learn about Kevin, and how he’s succeeding in a new career.

I was given an option. Get my life back together or my kids would get taken for good.

Learn about Candace, who is overcoming addiction while also raising two kids.

I’m an artist. Period.

A growing professional artist, Martha Bird lives with mental illness. She prefers to be known for what she does and who she is, not her diagnosis. Learn about Martha and how she’s raising awareness through her art.

“People don’t understand what a stay-at-home parent goes through in a divorce. I had no income [and needed to support my family].”

Learn about how Peder, a single father of three, quickly learned new skills to re-enter the workforce.

“It’s amazing that I’m doing this. I’m a miracle.”

Learn about Wolfgang, and how after 40 years of struggling with addiction, he is in recovery and getting better.