Avivo Participants. Living Well. Working Well.

“Being hired at my age … it’s like a second chance. I’m glad Avivo was around.”

Learn about Michael. He’s a military veteran, and struggled to find steady employment after serving in the Vietnam War.

“I started trying to change ... I quit hanging around with my friends and changed my life.” 

Learn about Regis. After struggling with alcohol and unemployment, he completed Avivo’s Warehouse Pro training program and is on track for employment.

"If you stay motivated and stay on your feet, you’ll have something to keep you going.”

“There’s no magic solution, you’ve gotta put forth your own effort.” Learn about Santana. She struggled initially to start a new life for herself and her daughter in St. Cloud, but is on track for success.

"I’m so proud of what I can do.”

“I have found community here.” Learn about Cece. She’s a regular participant in Avivo’s community support programs, which help individuals living with mental illness achieve wellness and recovery.

“I know I did much of this work, but it wouldn’t have been possible without Avivo.”

Learn about Diamond, who is overcoming addiction to become a stronger woman and stronger mom.

“Next to coming to America, Avivo was the best thing that ever happened to me.”

Learn about Sameya, a Somali-American mother of three. In 1991, civil war broke out in Somalia, which forever changed her life.

"Parents, siblings, nieces, and nephews…we rely on whoever can work in the house to be able to pay the bills."

Learn about Gao, and how’s she’s overcome the odds to succeed in school and go to college.

Kevin has autism, which makes the nuances of the workplace that might come easily for others, difficult for him.

Learn about Kevin, and how he’s succeeding in a new career.

“I was going through a rebellious phase at 16 … Eventually I got into big trouble.”

Learn about Raygne. She’s worked with Avivo to get past a rebellious phase of her life and create a new beginning.

"I was given an option. Get my life back together or my kids would get taken for good."

Learn about Candace, who is overcoming addiction while also raising two kids.

"I’m an artist. Period."

A growing professional artist, Martha Bird lives with mental illness. She prefers to be known for what she does and who she is, not her diagnosis. Learn about Martha and how she’s raising awareness through her art.

“People don’t understand what a stay-at-home parent goes through in a divorce. I had no income [and needed to support my family].”

Learn about how Peder, a single father of three, quickly learned new skills to re-enter the workforce.

“It’s amazing that I’m doing this. I’m a miracle.”

Learn about Wolfgang, and how after 40 years of struggling with addiction, he is in recovery and getting better.