Cause Area

  • Education & Literacy
  • Employment
  • Health & Medicine
  • Homeless & Housing
  • People with Disabilities


1900 Chicago AvenueMinneapolis, MN 55404 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Avivo's mission is to increase well-being through recovery and career advancement while working to end homelessness. We envision communities free of health and economic disparities.


Avivo serves nearly 15,000 Minnesotans each year, helping them achieve recovery, stable housing, employment and economic advancement. Founded in 1960, Avivo provides chemical and mental health services, housing support services, career education and employment services. We specialize in helping individuals and families who face personal or systemic barriers - poverty, homelessness, joblessness, chemical addiction or mental health concerns.

Avivo is unique because we pair our services to help individuals achieve lasting success. Our chemical and mental health services include chemical and mental health assessments, substance use disorder treatment (outpatient and residential) for individuals and families, mental health therapy, targeted case management and care coordination. Our ending homelessness services include street outreach for individuals living unsheltered, indoor tiny houses shelter (Avivo Village), hotel-to-home initiatives, transitional recovery housing and housing targeted case management. We operate Avivo Institute of Career & Technical Education which provides short-term training to earn industry credentials that launch individuals on career pathways and living wage jobs. Our full range of employment services customizes support for unemployed and under-employed individuals who are struggling to find work, transition or start their careers.


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by Tara H. from Loma Linda, CA (December 4, 2012)
I had the best volunteering experience of my life with the EAC. Mainly because I developed such critical resume writing skills while working with the welfare to work program. Staff were friendly and helpful, willing to work with me throughout the learning process I was committed to.// Samantha Sleeman, the volunteer coordinator who I worked with, was very patient with me. Although I wasn’t skilled enough to volunteer in my initial interest activity, she worked with me to find something more suitable and just as interesting! A volunteer match maker!!
by Chloe R. from Minneapolis, MN (January 4, 2010)
I will never donate any time, or items there again. I am very disappointed with the way I was treated and everything else. I felt a little disrespected as far as the looks I received and everything else. I would not recommend this organization because they make you feel little and not thankful at all. I will donate my time and effort to some place that I feel it is appreciated instead of the way we were treated coming in. In my opinion, they can treat people better when they walk in the door instead of looking at them like they don't belong. I WILL NEVER donate or volunteer here again. The receptionist had no idea what I was bringing in along with the security guard and acted as though I were an idiot for bringing it there. I would actually give them less than a star! VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH THIS ORGANIZATION.

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