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“We need to be able to jump on that motivation for change immediately ... Hospitals routinely discharge patients who are still suffering from withdrawal, and the first thing that patients do is run out and get a chemical to relieve their pain.”

Star Tribune reporter Chris Serres interviewed one of Avivo’s program directors for this article about how doctors are filling a gap in the system by treating opioid addiction in the emergency room at HCMC. Learn more about this important change

Avivo Expands Youth Employment Programs in St. Paul and eastern Twin Cities metro

“The need is urgent,” says Antoinette, an Avivo youth participant who lives in the east metro. “There’s a lot of youth out here who are on the wrong track.” Avivo is expanding its youth employment programs to reach more youth in St. Paul and the eastern metro. Learn more about Avivo’s youth program expansion

Avivo's 2018 Build-A-Backpack Drive is a Success

Thanks to the support from individuals and organizations during this year’s Build-A-Backpack Drive, Avivo provided more than 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies, benefiting hundreds of families Avivo serves. Learn about this year’s backpack drive

Avivo's Americorps VISTA, Melissa Evers, featured in Star Tribune article about Recovery Corps and expanded volunteerism in Minnesota

Melissa Evers has made quite an impact in the lives of Avivo participants as an Americorps VISTA working in Avivo’s peer recovery program. Read this article by the Star Tribune’s Shannon Prather highlighting the VISTA program and Minnesota’s first-ever Recovery Corps program.

Avivo highlighted in Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder in "A force for good: Avivo treatment center provides safe place for recovery."

Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder reporter Dwight Hobbs covers Avivo and writes about how Avivo’s location, near nodes of historically high-crime, uniquely situates the organization to help the most people. Read more

Avivo is now tobacco-free at all locations, and it's getting attention

Avivo went tobacco-free at all locations on July 30, 2018. We’ve been featured in the Star Tribune and MinnPost, as one of three major Twin Cities social service nonprofits to go tobacco-free to improve the wellness of program participants.

Avivo featured in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' nationwide newsletter

Avivo is featured in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services’ nationwide newsletter in “A Fresh Start: Living in Recovery and Gaining Self-Sufficiency.” Read the article

Erik Aamoth joins Avivo as VP of Career Education & Employment Services

“There’s a higher need for more inclusivity in the workplace and the need to connect the communities we serve to employers. Nonprofit organizations are the future.” Erik Aamoth comes to Avivo with 15 years of leadership experience in the workforce development industry. Learn more about Erik

Avivo featured in Star Tribune article about faster access to treatment in Minnesota

Star Tribune reporter Chris Serres visited Avivo early one morning to meet people waiting for access to treatment programs. Learn more about his visit and how Minnesota is working to get people access to treatment faster.

Avivo participants work with Our Streets Minneapolis for safer streets

Avivo program participants in Minneapolis have a strong voice to advocate for safer streets, thanks to a partnership between Avivo and Our Streets Minneapolis. Read more

Avivo staff attends National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Conference

The current opioid crisis in America is impacting people coast to coast, including those in Minnesota and the Twin Cities. It’s important to Claude Maddox, Avivo’s director of recovery support services, that Avivo stays on top of the most current techniques to combat the crisis. Read about important takeaways learned at this year’s conference.

Avivo partners with Catholic Charities and Neighborhood House to help reduce homelessness in Minnesota

Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Avivo is working with new partners to provide basic adult education, career education, and housing stability to 120 individuals experiencing homelessness over the next two years. More more about this partnership

Somali-speaking Avivo participants learn English to help with job hunt

“Our goal is to get people into short-term training … Get people the English to be able to advance their career and start moving toward self-sufficiency.”

15-20 Somali-speaking immigrants attend Avivo’s ESL classes every week. Learn about Avivo’s ESL classes and how they’re helping participants find jobs.

Updated recovery housing at Avivo with help from partners

“I think it’s amazing. I know whoever comes after me is gonna love it here,” says Tamika (pictured to right), a mother and Avivo residential treatment program participant.

Thanks to a unique partnership with BATC-Housing First Minnesota, Avivo is updating housing for mothers in recovery. Learn about this partnership

Avivo participants and staff speak out at the Capitol

Avivo staff and program participants headed to the Minnesota State Capitol for three important advocacy days: Homeless Day, Second Chance Day, and Mental Health Day. Learn more

Record attendance at Avivo’s 2018 Annual Celebration

Nearly 140 people attended this year’s Annual Celebration, a new record! Attendees celebrated this year’s Avivo Champions — individuals and businesses who advance Avivo’s mission through significant involvement or support. Learn about this year’s Champions

We’re number 7 in reducing homelessness

Avivo provided housing support for 452 individuals experiencing homelessness in Minnesota last year, and is ranked seventh in Hennepin County’s Continuum of Care provider list. Find out why this is a big deal.

Teaching the value of nutrition to mothers in recovery

“The women… their strength and courage is inspiring.” Christianne Arnold is a doctoral student at the University of Minnesota – School of Nursing. Learn how she’s helping our staff learn how to teach mothers in recovery the value of nutrition.

"He’s helped so many of our program participants find jobs.”

Learn about Steve, a volunteer at our St. Cloud office, who enjoys meeting, and helping, people who come from a variety of different backgrounds.

"Minnesota spends millions on workforce training. Here's how they track whether those programs are actually effective."

Minnesota nonprofits like Avivo help thousands of people every year, with help from Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). MinnPost highlights Avivo as they explore how DEED is able to measure success when they’re talking about individual lives. Read more from MinnPost.

Adopt-A-Family breaks records in 2017

Thanks to our Adopt-A-Family donors, 300 families have gifts for 2017’s holiday season! Learn more about how this year’s donors helped more people receive gifts than ever before.

"With tobacco ban, local nonprofits try to break the smoking/recovery connection."

MinnPost highlights Avivo and two other nonprofits as we move toward non-smoking facilities to help our program participants break the smoking/recovery connection. Read more from MinnPost.

Avivo teaches program participants how to budget

One in three Americans prepares a monthly budget and follows it. Avivo is using Monopoly money to help lower-income program participants learn how to create and follow a budget. Read more.

"Amid worker shortage, DEED prioritizes investment in employment training programs."

MinnPost highlights Avivo as they explore Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) efforts to expand our workforce. Read more from MinnPost.

Adopt-A-Family 2017

Seeing someone’s smile after they get a gift they love is one of the best feelings of the holiday season. For many families in our programs, purchasing gifts for their children can be difficult, or even impossible. Learn how you can help.

Our new name... Avivo

After a multi-year branding process, which engaged constituents and staff across the organization, we chose a new name that captures the essence of who we are. The new name is Avivo (formerly RESOURCE).

Avivo plans to be tobacco-free by July of 2018

Learn more about how Avivo plans to be tobacco-free by July of 2018.

“If I can help people build those necessary skill sets they might have not acquired elsewhere in life, then I feel like I’ve done something good.”

Learn about Jon, who volunteers to help people get jobs.

“The award was very unexpected and humbling.”

Learn about Avivo staff member Tiffany and the award she won that will help Avivo more efficiently serve participants.

“It’s everything. It’s my purpose.”

Learn about how Jude volunteers to help mothers in treatment connect with their babies.

“I’d like to bring some light to people if I can… bring some good vibes.”

Learn more about why Taylor volunteers and how he shares the beauty of art with Avivo ArtWorks participants.

“To know that I am part of a participant’s journey of getting a job, or landing a career, is incredible.”

Find out how volunteering gives Sarah, an Avivo Business Partner Council member, the chance to be part of the impact

Avivo receives Minneapolis’ 2016 Youth Services Partner Award

Learn more about the City of Minneapolis award honors Avivo with delivering exceptional services to Minneapolis youth.