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COVID-19: Avivo Response 

As an essential services provider, Avivo continues to be a steady presence of support for our communities’ most vulnerable members. While we are actively committed to helping slow the spread of the coronavirus, we are not slowing our daily efforts to meet the urgent needs of people experiencing homelessness, mental illness, addiction, poverty and unemployment. We are also committed to keeping our participants, employees, and workplaces safe.

While our response is powered by passionate staff, committed funders, and dedicated partners, increased innovation and support are paramount.

Highlights of our Response 

  • An Avivo COVID-19 Task Force leads our monitoring, planning, decision-making and communications.
  • We have implemented site-specific COVID-19 response plans and update them as needed, enabling us to provide chemical health assessments, residential and outpatient treatment programming with mitigation measures in place.
  • We added telehealth or mobile services on a case-by-case basis, to serve participants in the areas of mental health and who are experiencing homelessness to continue connecting people to permanent housing.
  • We opened apartments in our transitional housing to help house individuals experiencing homelessness and living in shelters to provide safe distancing.
  • We are ensuring the highest level of infection prevention and control, sanitation, and hygiene for our public spaces, group rooms, and transitional recovery housing.
  • Employment services continue, including emergency support, for our families working to move off public assistance.
  • We are transitioning from in-person to online learning in our career educations programs.
  • We have temporarily closed five locations, suspending our community support programming and in-person services until further notice.
  • We needed to place a number of employees on furlough where we could not offer services through telecommunications.
  • We are providing safe and healthy meals for the children now living and learning with us during the school day.
  • And we continue to monitor information and implement recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and state and local public health authorities.

As we continue to provide critical services during this pandemic, Avivo’s funding needs for heightened innovation, service delivery, and basic necessities for the people we serve are significant. We are working with fellow providers, government and tribal agencies, on ways to bolster funding and manage expenditures.

We are grateful for our many funders and donors who have responded to our current financial campaign with online giving as we work toward our COVID-19 Priority Funding goal. We also have urgent basic needs for the individuals and families we serve should you be able to give or share the list with others.

We see a significantly challenging course ahead. At the same time, we remain committed to welcoming new participants in need of our help – especially during this time.

Together, we can remain strong for the individuals and families we serve. Thank you in advance for your continued partnership in serving Minnesotans who need our help the most.


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