Dozens of Avivo participants receive suits at Men’s Wearhouse Suit Giveaway
Fifty-nine participants in Avivo’s programs received at least one suit with shirts and accessories during this year’s Men’s Wearhouse Suit Giveaway. Many will wear their new suits to future job interviews.
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Avivo serves nearly 15,000 individuals each year, helping them achieve recovery, employment, and economic advancement. Serving Minnesota since 1960, we specialize in helping men, women, 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.
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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.
“Avivo gave me the confidence to study and learn, and get into a regiment.”
Learn about John. From a young age he was in and out of jail and treatment centers. He eventually reached a breaking point and decided to turn his life around, which led him to Avivo. Now, he’s graduated from Avivo Institute of Career & Technical Education and has a new career in facilities maintenance.
“I don’t have chaos in my life anymore. I feel like I have support.”
Learn about Valerie. After 15 years of self-medicating to avoid dealing with her mental health concerns, she knew it was time to change. Since then she’s worked with Avivo’s mental health counselors and housing support to find stable housing and learn the skills to start a new career.
“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.
Sameya is a Somali-American mother of three. In 1991, civil war broke out in Somalia, which forever changed her life. She watched as soldiers shot her teacher in front of her class. Then, while escaping Somalia by boat, the boat sank. Her family survived and eventually came to America, where Sameya had to overcome adversity before coming to Avivo. “Next to coming to America, Avivo was the best thing that ever happened to me,” she says.
Gao is unique because she overcame significant barriers that would’ve stopped other teenagers from going to college. “We relied on whoever could work in the house to be able to pay the bills” she said as she shared that she lived with her parents, seven siblings, and nieces and nephews. Finding help from Avivo’s youth employment services, Gao received the support to stick with her education and complete applications for five colleges and universities. She was surprised she had a choice of colleges! “Gustavus was one of the schools I was most shocked about,” she said. “And I got two scholarships!” With plans to be a pharmacist, Gao started this fall at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn.