How are Avivo's youth employment counselors staying in touch with program participants during the COVID-19 pandemic? How do these programs help youth and young adults? We catch up with program director Becca Lopez to learn the answers.
Unfortunately, addiction, mental illness, and homelessness don't just disappear during a pandemic. Due to side effects from addiction, homelessness, or a number of other factors, many of the people we serve are some of the most vulnerable in our society.
We believe everyone deserves the chance to live well and work well.
Avivo serves nearly 13,000 individuals each year; helping them achieve recovery, find housing stability, and achieve employment and economic advancement. Serving Minnesota since 1960, we specialize in helping individuals and families who face complex barriers – poverty, homelessness, unemployment, chemical addiction or mental health concerns – achieve recovery and economic stability. Avivo’s holistic approach to providing chemical and mental health services, career education, and employment services embraces each person’s unique journey. Ultimately, our paired services lay a foundation of health, and social and economic wellness, that transforms lives.
Chemical & Mental Health
Assessments, addiction treatment programs, mental health services, and more for individuals and families.
“Being with my daughter is probably the greatest thing that’s happened to me.”
Read about LaFern. He credits Avivo with helping fast-forward his transition from homelessness and unemployment to a more stable and positive life situation. He’s proud of the work he’s put in to support his daughter and restart his life, and can’t imagine doing it without her.
“It was a major reality check – being a single mom. I had to quickly figure out how to do it all on my own.”
Read about Danielle. After separating from her daughter’s father, Danielle needed to quickly learn how to support herself and her daughter. She came to Avivo for career education and job search help, starting volunteering, and has now found employment.
Learn about Ahmed. He’s a student in Avivo’s ESL program, which helps new Americans learn English to find full-time employment. He is a proud father and is working with Avivo to find employment that supports his family and allows him to help fellow immigrants find success living in the United States.
“I remember the first day I came to Avivo … When I walked into the art studio, I knew this is where I belonged.”
Learn about Glenn. Released from HCMC with the clothes on his back and a bus token, Glenn knew he needed to change. Since then, he’s thrived in Avivo’s ArtWorks program and his career as an artist is just beginning.
Learn about Paul. He lives with a disability, but doesn’t let that major detail get in the way of a productive work and family life. After a layoff he’s back in the workforce after graduating from Avivo’s IT Support Training program.
“I wanted a career. I have a dream to be working in accounting. That’s why Avivo was so important.”
Learn about Rania. She moved to Minnesota from Egypt, where she held a bachelor’s degree in accounting. When her husband was laid off from his job, she took Avivo’s accounting support training to help her re-enter the workforce.