We’re still helping individuals & families

COVID-19: Avivo Response 

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, Avivo is remaining a steady presence of support for our community. 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. And we are also committed to keeping our participants, employees, and workplaces safe.

Avivo is HERE. We remain grateful for our passionate staff, committed funders, and dedicated partners whose support powers our response and innovation during this challenging time!

Highlights of our Response

  • An Avivo COVID-19 Task Force leads our monitoring, planning, decision-making and communications.
  • Avivo operates from a Preparedness Plan that guides site-specific COVID-19 mitigation measures. At Avivo’s open locations, guests and participants should expect entrance assessments of COVID-19 symptoms. Masks or face coverings and social distancing are required.
  • Avivo is providing chemical health assessments, residential and outpatient treatment programming with mitigation measures in place.
  • We added telehealth or mobile services to serve participants in the areas of mental health and continue to do outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness in order to connect people to permanent housing.
  • Our Community Support Program (CSP) serving Hennepin County residents living with mental illness has transitioned to community-based programming from its site-based model and is developing safe activities for engagement over the next couple months.
  • Employment services are offered virtually with measures in place to provide emergency support for our families working to move off public assistance. These services are growing!
  • Avivo Institute of Career & Technical Education has begun to open very limited, in-person classroom instruction at our St. Cloud and Minneapolis locations, following Avivo’s Preparedness Plan. The Institute is adding online learning at the same time.
  • We are ensuring the highest level of infection prevention and control, sanitation, and hygiene for our locations that are open to the public and transitional recovery housing.
  • A number of Avivo locations remain temporarily closed to the public where services are offered virtually or in the community.

We continue to monitor information and implement recommendations from the Office of Governor Tim Walz & Lt. Governor Peggy Flanagan, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, and state and local public health authorities.

We are grateful for our many funders and donors who responded to our COVID-19 campaigns and needs to help Avivo provide critical services and respond to the urgent basic needs of the individuals and families we serve. We continue to work with fellow providers, government and tribal agencies, on ways to bolster funding and manage expenditures.

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.

If you would like to support Avivo with a financial contribution, you still can!