A message from President & CEO, Kelly Matter

Without a doubt, the mainstay of 2022 was the unprecedented show of support by donors, partners and volunteers, plus the talent and determination of Avivo employees. Avivo served as a lifeline for housing, recovery, and economic advancement to nearly 10,000 individuals and families. Because of you, Avivo remains a significant force in improving the well-being of our communities.

Avivo’s work is more important for Minnesota than ever. We are facing the greatest mental health and opioid crises of our time. Homelessness continues to wreak havoc in our communities. As the economy gets better, our most vulnerable families are priced out of housing and other basic needs. And the lowest unemployment rate in history has employers unable to recruit and hire suitable candidates. Avivo experienced this firsthand working relentlessly to fill many vacant positions.


The Avivo Way

Avivo’s staff leaned into these challenges. They were resolute in providing critical services to help individuals find paths out of addiction, mental health crisis, poverty, and homelessness. They championed Avivo’s mission and lived Avivo’s values in every way imaginable. This is the Avivo Way – regarding people with absolute dignity, leaning into curiosity through challenge, and extending a radical welcome to all.

Avivo Village, a harm reduction shelter model serving adults living unsheltered, continues to receive accolades by city, county, and state agencies and elected officials, including U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar, U.S. Senator Tina Smith and Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey. We consult with other nonprofits and government agencies across the country on Avivo’s approach. This is just one example of how Avivo engages as a significant force for positive change in our communities.

In this report, you will discover what we were able to accomplish, together. No other organization pairs essential services like Avivo that truly help people re-engage with the community and step forward to health and stability. Minnesotans access addiction treatment, mental health services, shelter and housing, training, and employment services to restart lives on their own.

On behalf of all of us at Avivo, thank you for your support. Together, we make Avivo’s mission come alive and give all Minnesotans the chance to advance and find a place to call home.

With gratitude,
Kelly Matter
President & CEO

2022 at a glance


people served


individuals served in finding or maintaining housing to avert homelessness


people accessed Avivo’s substance use disorder treatment and mental health services


Minnesota counties served with the addition of Sherburne County


individuals entered jobs or careers


families moved off public assistance and into work


of Avivo participants lived at or below 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline ($30,000 for family of four)


of people Avivo serves identify as black, Indigenous or person of color


We walk alongside our community without judgement while offering an integrated continuum of services to help people thrive. Everyone is deserving of happiness, health, and value. People trust Avivo with their lives, their next steps.

100 housed from Avivo Village into permanent housing 

In October 2022, Avivo passed the milestone of placing 100 Avivo Village residents into housing in the community.

One hundred tiny houses or units, arranged as a village inside a warehouse, offer safety and services for residents to take their next steps and achieve permanent housing. City, county, and state agencies, elected officials, and other agencies and shelters across the nation are learning from Avivo’s high-fidelity harm-reduction model to inform future funding and expansion possibilities.

Avivo Village residents “ring the bell” as they move out and into permanent housing in the community.

2022 Impact:

• 360 total individuals served since opening
• 122 individuals moved on to safe, permanent housing
• 90 overdoses have been reversed, saving all lives
• 14 babies were born to Avivo Village residents
• 12 pets (seven dogs, five cats) have lived with residents

Moving people from homelessness to housing with supports 

Avivo supported 2,640 individuals in finding or maintaining housing to avert homelessness.

Avivo is a key part of the continuum of ending homelessness services, providing street outreach, shelter, transitional recovery housing, housing placement and support services.

Avivo participant moves out of homelessness into their own apartment.
Avivo believes in Housing First and practices high-fidelity harm-reduction model and trauma-informed, judgement-free care.


Toni has spent most of her life in south Minneapolis. She shared that Avivo’s street outreach team had known her for a couple years when she was homeless. She was living in a tent on Minneapolis’ Midway Greenway when it was being cleared of encampments in December of 2020. She moved into Avivo’s hotel program and then into Avivo Village. Avivo staff helped her move into an apartment in St. Paul before finding her new apartment home in Minneapolis, which is closer to family. “I never want to go back to that life,” shares Toni.

“I like it here. I am starting to think about [what to do for] work. I am slowly getting better at taking care of myself.”

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey celebrates with Avivo at our 100 Housed Avivo Village event in October.
Members of Avivo’s street outreach team connect with people living unhoused in Minneapolis to build trusting relationships.
U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar speaks at Avivo’s 100 Housed Avivo Village event in October.


We ask questions, take risks, listen to people we serve, and humbly embrace learning. Challenges aren’t barriers; they are opportunities. We do what it takes and leverage relationships, science, and service to have life-changing impact in individuals’ lives and communities. 

New training for careers in telecommunications and clean energy 

Avivo launched its first training classes in Telecommunications Installation and Support. Most students moved into career positions right after graduating!

In partnership with the Renewable Apprenticeship Training Center in North Minneapolis, Avivo and its training partners kicked off the first clean energy training program, Solar PV (Photovoltaic) Installation. Avivo also moved forward with designing a new HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) training in partnership with CenterPoint Energy.

Students participate in new training for careers in telecommunications. (photo courtesy of Premise, Inc.)
Most Avivo students enter telecommunications careers right after graduating.

Expanding family and employment services to Sherburne County residents

Avivo was selected by Sherburne County as its sole employment services provider to work with families in their county who receive aid from Minnesota public assistance programs!

Avivo will serve about 200 additional families, including specializing in serving recent immigrants living in the community. As the largest provider in Minnesota of employment services that helps parents living in poverty, Avivo helped more than 1,100 families move off public assistance and into living-wage jobs.

Avivo staff members showcase office in Elk River, Minn., where they serve Sherburne County families.
Avivo services include serving recent immigrants as part of the Refugee FOCUS Program funded by the MN Department of Human Services.


Sylvester immigrated from Nigeria after serving in the country’s navy. He earned an associate degree but discovered the jobs in the field did not provide enough income to support his family. He enrolled in Avivo’s telecommunications training program, eyeing the entry salary of $25 per hour. After graduating, he had offers from all six opportunities he applied for! Now he is working with a company he loves.

“I hope to remain with this company in the future because I’m told the room for growth is limitless. My family and I appreciate the help from Avivo… and all the efforts their staff [has] done to get me this far.”

Student receives hands-on training in Avivo’s new telecommunications course.
Avivo offers training to achieve credentials to enter office, medical, and IT support careers.
U.S. Representative Ilhan Omar recognizes $1 million in Congressional workforce appropriation funding awarded to Avivo to provide training in energy careers in partnership with Renewable Energy Partners.


Avivo provides radical hospitality — spaces that are safe, inclusive, and culturally relevant to all. We celebrate the power of living authentically. We commit to fostering a culture that rewards the courage to do so. 

Treatment and mental health services for individuals facing the greatest barriers to health

Avivo’s treatment and mental health services served 2,511 individuals seeking recovery from substance use disorders and/or mental illness.

Avivo’s mental health clinic opened to offer diagnostic assessments and therapy to community members who struggle with access to help. Individuals experienced judgement-free care and skilled, culturally-relevant support. Avivo’s Community Support Program opened a bright studio space with scheduled activities and resources for community members living with severe and persistent mental illness.

Staff team members provide mental health services through Avivo’s new mental health clinic and recovery programs.
Clinic services will expand to serve the unique mental health needs of children.

Avivo provides bridges to housing after graduating from treatment programs

The first step Avivo participants take after they complete treatment is important to maintaining recovery.

With little personal resources and scarce affordable housing options, they often face homelessness or returning to bad circumstances. Avivo incorporated housing services to transition as many graduates as possible into housing in the community!

Staff serve a holiday meal for participants in Avivo’s outpatient treatment programs.
71 individuals moved into permanent housing from transitional recovery housing.
Avivo staff extend a radical welcome at Avivo’s Pride Event.
Celebrating Pi Day with pie for Lydia Apartment residents to whom Avivo staff provide housing support services.
A ceramics workshop at Avivo’s ArtWorks studio provides creative outlets and social connections for our community support program members.


Caught in her addiction, Tesha was on a path to losing physical custody of her daughter. When Avivo had an opening in its family treatment program, she decided it was time. With housing and services, she had a whole year to focus on recovery. She also enrolled in Avivo’s career and technical school and graduated with certifications to start a career in the medical field. Now, she’s supporting her family, working full-time as a scheduler for a healthcare system and living in a two-bedroom apartment with her daughter.

“[Avivo] helps people find their purpose and take their next steps. Avivo gave me a chance — a chance to push the reset button and help me become the Tesha of today.”



Government Contracts
$ 20,732,128
Program Fees & Other
Contributions (including United Way)
$ 36,047,717


Ending Homelessness
$ 16,334,629
Chemical & Mental Health
Employment Services & Career Education
Management & General
$ 38,473,770
Change in Net Assets


Avivo’s impact in the community is propelled by the amazing support of Avivo donors, partners and volunteers. Thank you for supporting Avivo, its participants and families! 


raised in charitable giving and United Way


volunteers donated 17,773 hours


is the estimated value of our volunteers’ hours (Independent Sector)


is the estimated value of in-kind donations

Volunteer Champions

Annette Poelvoorde and Lisa Hegard have regular volunteers at Avivo for past three years. The dedicated countless hours to keep Avivo’s clothing and donation closets operational for participants. As connected that children’s high school student leadership team to year-long service at Avivo and have huge help to Avivo’s Adopt-A-Family Initiative.

“Annette and Lisa hands feet of goodwill and provide lasting impact in lives of individuals and families Avivo serves,” shares Brittany Biggers, Avivo director of volunteer services.

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Meetinghouse Church

Meetinghouse Church members volunteered 21 times for a total of 542 hours (a value of $17,000). Groups supported Avivo Village through purchasing and assembling new resident baskets, providing pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas, giving all 100 Avivo Village residents holiday gifts, and assembling treat bags for residents throughout the year.


Teams from Target’s corporate office and nine individual Target stores volunteered 287 hours of labor and donations (a value of more than $9,200). They completed projects like general landscaping, building furniture, supporting fundraising efforts and Adopt-A-Family.

Bremer Bank

Four employee groups totaling 21 volunteers donated 64 hours of time. They helped Avivo paint the interior of a women’s transitional recovery apartment building to align with Avivo’s trauma-informed care approach. They also helped create a new recreational room in the same building.

Andersen Windows & Doors

Partnering with Avivo’s communications team and HandsOn Twin Cities, a group of Anderson IT professionals provided 58 hours of pro bono technical services. They helped evaluate and optimize the organization’s website and expand its digital footprint to reach more stakeholders.

North Loop Neighborhood Association

North Loop Neighborhood Association provided financial support to Avivo as well as hosted a donation drive for Avivo Village residents’ needs. More than 500 items were collected for and distributed to residents moving into Avivo Village and moving out into permanent housing in the community.

Xcel Energy

Xcel Energy’s generosity spans financial and in-kind support and employee volunteerism! Xcel Energy donated hygiene kits for women in celebration of International Women’s Day. Teams also volunteered on the company’s annual Day of Service, helping to clean out a former Avivo office building and pack up furniture and items for moving. 

Join us in celebrating our full list of amazing donors — corporations, foundations, organizations and individual donors — by checking out our full, printable 2022 Appreciation Report.

To see the financials in greater detail, view the printable PDF