Benefiting Agencies Contact Information 

African American AIDS Task Force (AAATF):  A community based non-profit agency which was founded in 1994 by African American men and women living with HIV/AIDS.  The agency’s founding members who were seeking a means to address the disproportionate way in which HIV/AIDS was affecting African American people living in Minnesota.  The mission of AAATF is to provide culturally appropriate HIV/AIDS prevention, education and services to people of African descent and others who are living with or at risk of HIV infection.

The Aliveness Project:  A community drop-in center encouraging self-empowerment and providing direct services to over 1,400 individuals living with HIV/AIDS each year. Services include an on-site hot meals program, food shelf, complimentary therapy program, HIV prevention, care advocacy and holiday basket program. Each year, over 1,000 individuals volunteer over 30,000 hours. 

Clare Housing: Founded in 1987, Clare Housing is the oldest and largest provider of permanent housing and supportive services for Minnesota’s low-income and homeless individuals and families living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Clare Housing has grown from one community care home serving four people to developing, owning and managing 116 units, serving 150 people annually. Our unique model of housing and supportive care is designed to guide people toward wholeness and self-sufficiency. The goal of Clare Housing is greater than simply providing housing for people living with HIV/AIDS.  In addition to homelessness, poverty and HIV/AIDS, many residents struggle with substance abuse or have mental health issues.  Clare Housing’s enriched services provide the opportunity to chart an individualized path to stable housing and improved health outcomes. Simply put, our goal is to ensure our residents achieve the highest levels of housing stability and independence while maintaining their dignity at any stage of their illness. Between four foster homes (Agape Home, Agape Dos, Damiano, and Grace House II) Clare Apartments, and Clare Midtown, the organization operates half of the housing designated for people living with HIV/AIDS in Minnesota, establishing them as the largest provider of HIV housing and services in the state.  

Hope House of St. Croix Valley:  An adult foster care facility for people living with HIV/AIDS, provinding a non-judgmental home with compassionate care,respecting the dignity of people living with HIV/AIDS. Hope House has served the Washington County and the Greater Twin Cites area since December 1993. 

Minnesota AIDS Project (MAP): Serving the community as a trusted resource for information, education, and support since 1983. The Minnesota AIDS Project envisions a Minnesota where new HIV infections are eliminated and individuals with HIV live long, healthy lives.The mission of MAP is to lead Minnesota’s fight to stop HIV through prevention, advocacy, awareness and services.

One Heartland: One Heartland is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children, youth and families facing HIV/AIDS and other life challenges. At the heart of this mission are its camp programs at its flagship facility in Willow River, MN, where hundreds of campers, every year, enjoy the fun and freedom of camp, while also making friends and  gaining crucial peer and professional support to help them live better lives, year round.One Heartland’s camp program is the largest camping and care program for children affected by HIV/AIDS. More than 75 percent of Camp Heartland’s participants live in poverty, and One Heartland is able to provide these programs free of charge thanks to donations to the Red Ribbon Ride, as well as the generosity of other donors and corporations.

Park House:  An organization that believes everyone needs a community to find safety, strength, and support with a Day Health / Mental Health Day Treatment Program for persons living with HIV/AIDS. Services include: nursing support and medication regime management; nutrition, psychosocial counseling and psycho-educational and therapeutic group activities; creative (art, writing, movement) and complementary therapies (massage and shiatsu); and individual and group socialization activities. Park Houses opened its doors on World AIDS Day, December 1, 1996. It is the first and remains the only Day Health / Mental Health Center for adults living with HIV/AIDS in the upper Midwest.

Rural AIDS Action Network (RAAN): RAAN leads rural Minnesota in the fight to stop HIV through a broad array of client services, risk reduction, advocacy and awareness.  In its 21 years of service, RAAN has served over 10,000 individuals.  RAAN’s experienced staff provide the following programs and services to clients in 80 counties outside of the Twin Cities metro area: medical case management, benefits counseling, food voucher/nutrition program, transportation assistance, mental health access/support groups, outreach and education, early intervention services, syringe exchange, positive care program, HIV testing, HIV healthnet, and access/enrollment to MNSure. RAAN envisions rural communities where persons living with or affected by HIV/AIDS live dignified lives and receive quality medical care and wrap-around services, and where communities understand the realities of transmission and prevention.


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African American AIDS Task Force
Gwendolyn Velez, Executive Director
2400 Park Ave.
(Center for Changing Lives)
Minneapolis, MN 55404

The Aliveness Project 
Joe Larson, Executive Director
3808 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55409
612-824-LIFE (5433)
612-822-9668 fax

Hope House of St. Croix Valley
Brent Nelson, Interim
451 Everett Street North
Stillwater MN 55082

One Heartland (Formerly Camp Heartland)
Patrick Kindler, Executive Director
2101 Hennepin Ave., Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN  55405


Rural AIDS Action Network
Mary McCarthy, Executive Director
300 East St. Germain, Suite 220
St. Cloud, MN 56304
320-257-3038 fax

Clare Housing
Chuck Peterson, Executive Director
929 Central Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
612-236-9515 p
612-236-9520 f

Minnesota AIDS Project
Linda Ewing, Interim Executive Director
1400 Park Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Park House
Jim Maurer, Manager
710 E. 24th St., Suite 303
Minneapolis, MN 55404
612-871-4192 fax

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