It’s Demolition Day! Advent is Breaking Barriers with Avivo’s Recovery Housing Program

It’s Demolition day! This afternoon, we closed up shop at 1:30 pm for an afternoon of demolition and renovation for Avivo’s housing assistance program for adults and their families participating in their recovery program.

Talk about breaking down barriers! We worked on three of the 70 Minneapolis apartment units that Avivo is currently renovating for families. Our team of ten worked hard – tearing down walls, ripping up tile, removing old cabinets and sinks, and sanding and staining. By 5 pm, we were sore and covered in dust, but thrilled with the progress we made toward renovating the apartments for three families in need.

In 2018, Advent chose “Breaking Barriers” as our cornerstone initiative under our Advent Cares program. We created this initiative to assist individuals in our community who have experienced significant barriers to economic stability, wellness and success. Advent chose to support our long-term community partner, Avivo of Minneapolis, to carry out this initiative in part because of their holistic approach to helping adults – and their families – overcome their barriers to achieve real and lasting success. Avivo is the only residential addiction treatment program in Minnesota that accepts mothers AND their children ages 0-17. They see better recovery rates as a result of allowing the family to recover together, and that is something we are proud to get behind!

Avivo has helped people achieve recovery, employment, and economic advancement since 1960. They provide a complete array of services that support the entire family unit – including housing, chemical, and mental health services, career education, employment services, and more. For more information about Avivo, please visit their website,