2017 Annual Letter

Live well. Work well.

by Kelly Matter, President

To our donors, partners, friends, and community — this year’s report is in a letter form. I really hope you read it from beginning to end. We continue to address serious health and economic disparities our communities face. Your investment in our mission propels progress for our participants, to live well and work well.

I start with challenging you to think about “What issue facing Minnesota are you most concerned about?” That’s the question we asked guests at our annual event this year.

“We all do better when we all do better.”

— Former Senator Paul Wellstone

Health care costs. Worker shortages. Social disparities. Homelessness. Bullying. Opioid crisis.

These are all serious concerns.

They all have something in common. All affect our communities’ well-being. Our communities are as well as our neighborhoods; they’re as well as our individual neighbors.

We believe that everyone deserves the chance to live well and work well. Investing in the total wellness of individuals who are the poorest in health, and social and economic wellness, will help us all be well.

Our top most concerns include much of what we heard at the annual event.

We’re shoulders-deep in fighting the opioid crisis, moving individuals out of poverty to stability, and combatting homelessness.


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Kelley, mother of two, completed family treatment and graduated from Avivo’s manufacturing training program. She works full-time as a microscope soldering specialist. She supports her family and sees new opportunities for herself and her daughters.
“I’ve been sober for five years. Avivo helped me be a better mom and enter a career. I wouldn’t be where I am now if it wasn’t for Avivo.”