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Ari Rodriguez-Corbetti

Hello, my name is Ari (he/him), and I am excited to join the FoodWorks team! I am passionate about people and the capacity I can help them. I am a CPRS (Certified Peer Recovery Specialist), and I help people with chemical dependency and mental health. I have 10 years of experience in biblical counseling and marriage counseling in Florida. I am here to help with everyone's needs and to listen without passing judgement. I am looking forward to working with each one of you and getting to know the CSP Community. I love cooking, watching movies, biking, sky diving, playing music, and dancing.

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Rupa Kryzer

Hello! My name is Rupa (she/her), and I am thrilled to join this community as NatureWorks Wellness Coach! I have a background in holistic health and education. I am most excited about discovering and presenting nature topics that relate directly to personal and cultural wellness. In my free time, I enjoy anything involving movement (especially swimming, hiking, and backpacking), spending time with family and friends, and collaging.  


Staff Directory

Lam, Director


Lynn, Manager



Justin (FoodWorks)


Tovah (ArtWorks)


Laura (NatureWorks)



Jamie, Housing Coordinator


J-D, Employment



Kate, Mental Health





Lusu (FoodWorks)


Pam (NatureWorks)


Wellness Coaches

Mary (FoodWorks)


Hilary (ArtWorks)


Rupa (NatureWorks)


Peer Specialists

Ari (FoodWorks)


Rick (ArtWorks)


Michael (NatureWorks)


CSP Main Lines

612-752-8350 or


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Check It Out



ArtWorks NEW Art Studio:

@ the Grain Belt Bottling House

79 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

ArtWorks is so excited to open up our new art studio this month! We have been busy moving and setting up this new art space for our members and cannot wait to welcome you into this creative and engaging space, located in the heart of the Arts District in Northeast Minneapolis! 

Our studio is located in the Grain Belt Bottling House, home to many other artists and arts organizations. The address is 79 13th Ave NE, which is located between Marshall and 14th. If you need help figuring out public transportation to this building or have any other logistic questions, please call ArtWorks staff -- and we will help you figure it out! 


Staff will meet you at the front door, do a quick health screen, and let you into the building. Our space is #105, up a short flight of stairs or the elevator. If you arrive after the start time of the workshop, you can call 612-978-8638, and we will come down to let you in. Due to COVID-capacity restrictions, RSVPing to these groups is required! We are so excited to get to work on creative projects with you! To RSVP, call 612-752-8332 


Avivo CSP at Creekside Community Center in Bloomington 

November 4 & 18, 1:00-3:00 pm  

9800 Penn Ave South, Bloomington MN  55431 

Avivo CSP at Crystal Community Center in Crystal 

November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 1:00-3:00 pm .

4800 Douglas Drive North, Crystal, MN 55429 

The Avivo CSP is excited to announce two new opportunities for members to meet indoors and in-person. We will provide coffee, an optional food- or nature-based group activity, puzzles and games, and lots of friendly staff to talk to. Call the RSVP line (612-752-8332) to make an appointment for 1:1 assistance with paperwork, filling out forms, applying for benefits, etc. (Without an appointment, we can help you on a first-come-first-served basis.) Both sites have free parking lots and are easy to access via Metro Mobility and Metro Transit. The Community Centers are both handicap accessible and smoke free. 

Because of COVID-19, all in-person activities should be considered “at your own risk.” We are committed to making the CSP a success, so we will be following MHD recommended COVID-19 Policy and Procedures. Please read the Important COVID Protocol Updates section of this newsletter for more information. Capacity is limited, so RSVP to reserve your spot.

We are looking forward to seeing you at these new sites!   


Click here to view our full calendar online

To RSVP for groups, call 612-752-8332

(Group leaders will send Zoom links to RSVPed members prior to each event.)



Avivo CSP is working hard to provide safe indoor & in-person programming this fall and winter! Here is what you can expect as you arrive to your indoor program:

  • Staff will greet you at the door and ask you COVID screening questions, in addition to taking your temperature. Anyone with symptoms or a temperature of 100.4 (or higher) will be sent home for the day.

  • You will be required to wear a mask while inside; staff will provide you with a mask if you need one.

The health and safety of our members and our staff is of the utmost importance to us – it takes all of us doing our part in keeping each other safe. Please stay home if you are feeling sick and join us on our continued virtual program offerings. Reach out to CSP staff if you need help accessing virtual programs.



Fall Foliage Walk

Friday, Nov. 5, 1:00-3:00pm @ Wood Lake Nature Center (6710 Lake Shore Drive S)

Come join us for a beautiful walk at a great local park. We will stop along the way and soak in the beauty of nature. Last month's walkers saw an entire flock of pelicans! Meet by the gates to the park next to the pavilion. Please RSVP. Watch your email inbox in case of a bad weather cancellation.



Tea Tasting Club

Monday, November 15, 12:00-1:30pm over Zoom 

Join us for a fun and lively discussion on different teas from around the world. You will have the opportunity to taste 3 different teas and decide for yourself which one you like. Since this is on Zoom, please RSVP at least 5 days in advance so the tea can be dropped off at your home. Dive deep and become a connoisseur of tea! To RSVP, call 612-752-8332 


Sound Healing

Monday, November 8, 2:00-3:00pm over Zoom 

Listen to beautiful relaxing music to help wash away your anxiety and worries. No meditation experience required but you must RSVP to get the zoom link. To RSVP, call 612-752-8332 


Zoom Fitness

Thursday, November 4, 11:00am-12:00pm over Zoom  

Join us for an invigorating exercise class on Zoom, followed by a brief discussion on nutrition that supports your exercise plan. Have a mat or blanket to lie on and water nearby. If you have weights have those handy as well. Please join us as we build community through fitness. RSVP Required. 


Mindful Movement

Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17, 3:00-4:00pm over Zoom 

In the Mindful Movement class, we will move slowly and intentionally through stretching, breathing, and a little exercise. This can be done in a chair or standing. You do not need to be flexible to do this class. It is open to all fitness levels and can be adapted to anybody. We start the class with a short meditation to calm the mind and then move into movement. Please join us on Zoom! To RSVP, call 612-752-8332 


Book Club: The Book of Lost Names  

Wednesdays, November 10 & 24, 12:00-1:30pm over Zoom 

Please join us for a lively and engaging book club. We're reading The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel, based on a poignant and emotional true story from the WWll era. Eva Traube Abrams and her mother manage to escape from Nazi-occupied Paris, and she joins forces with the French Resistance. Years later Eva, a retired librarian, helps crack the code (of lost names) and reunites families that were torn apart by the war. The book is provided by Avivo, so RSVP to receive your copy. Hope to see you there!  

Expressive Therapy Group 

Thursdays, November 4 & 18, 11:00am-12:30pm, heated garage @ 1825 Chicago 

Hands-on artistic, creative, expressive therapy in a group setting. Call Kate at 612-446-9119 for more information and to reserve your space ongoingly. This is a therapeutic offering. Insurance is required. 


LGBTQ SPACES Discussion Club

November 23, 3:00-4:00pm, heated garage @ 1825 Chicago or Zoom 

Exploring the taking of our rightful space in the fabric of humanity. Join us in a safe space exploration of multi-cultural LGBTQ+ history. RSVP is required at least 24 hours in advance. Call Jamie: 612-481-3234 or Kate: 612-446-9119 to RSVP. 


Peers Check-In 

Mondays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 11:00am-12:00pm over Zoom 

A Peer Specialist-led group providing a supportive community. Check in with fellow CSP members about how your weekend was, what you have planned for the week, challenges you might be facing, and recent successes or accomplishments.  

Open Studio -- Now in-person!

Mondays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Wednesdays, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 1:00-4:00pm 

Grain Belt Studio (79 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

Please join us in our new studio space in the Grain Belt Bottling House for the return of Open Studio in-person! Art supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Staff will lead occasional demos and projects. Masks and RSVP are required due to Covid-19. 


Open Collective Meeting 

Tuesday November 30, 2:00-3:00pm 

Grain Belt Studio (79 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413)

Please join the Avivo ArtWorks Collective, a group of CSP members living and producing publicly as professional artists living with mental illness, as we have our meeting at the new Grain Belt Studio. Masks and RSVP are required due to Covid-19. 


Perspectives Photography Group

Thursdays, November 4 & 18, 11:00am-12:00pm over Zoom 

and in-person @ Grain Belt Studio (79 13th Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Join Perspectives Photography Group on Zoom or in-person as we share photos and feedback and learn about different photography techniques. All you need is a smartphone to put these lessons into practice! If you would like staff to share photos during the Zoom meeting, please email photos to rick.carey@avivomn.org. If you attending in-person, mask and RSVP will be required due to Covid-19. 

NEW -- SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE Spoken Word Workshop

Thursday, November 18, 1:00-3:00 pm

Grain Belt Studio (79 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413)   

SEE (aka Adam) has done years of work within many communities through hip hop and spoken word—dealing with social justice, identity and community engagement issues; has performed at countless venues and festivals; and has spoken at and facilitated workshops at various social justice conferences and retreats. He aims to inspire, uplift, and open doors to possibility and imagination with an invitation to self-discovery through meditations on community, history, and the expression of pure imagination.  Masks and RSVP required.


Continuing Workshop Series: Story Quilts with Mica Lee Anders 

Thursdays, Nov. 4 & 11, 1:00-3:00pm

Squirrel Haus Arts (3450 Snelling Ave, Minneapolis) 

Inspired by African American quilting traditions and styles such as scrap quilts and story quilts, students will combine painting, fabric, and visual storytelling to create pieces of art that share personal stories, biographies, or stories written in preparation for the residency. Participants will learn about famous quilters and see some of their work. They will discuss how a picture can tell a story, and use a variety of materials, some brought from home, to make quilts of their own. Quilts can be displayed in a community space for a culminating art show and story sharing. Masks and RSVP required.


BIPOC Support 

Wednesdays, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24, 2:00-3:00pm over Zoom 

Safe space for people who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color to share how their weeks are going. Facilitated by Avivo CSP staff who identify as BIPOC. Open ongoing group. RSVP to receive zoom link. 


Coping with Anxiety: Gratitude is Soul Food! 

NEW WEEKDAY AND TIME: Wednesdays, Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 2:00 –3:00pm on Zoom 

Open ongoing group to share coping skills and give and receive support from each other. November can be a tough month -- outside we notice a distinct added “tang” to the air and we go through the end of daylight savings time. But we have each other, and that is a feast! RSVP to receive zoom link. 


Tasty Tuesdays 

Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 1:00-2:00pm @ Crystal Community Center

(4800 Douglas Drive North, Crystal, MN 55429)

Fresh and tasty food with healthy recipes, made for easy everyday cooking. We'll be cooking a new recipe together each week while celebrating our food journeys as a community.


Simple Suppers 

Thursdays, November 4 & 18, 1:00-2:00pm @ Creekside Community Center

(9800 Penn Ave South, Bloomington MN 55431)

Join us to talk through simple supper recipes and then bring the ingredients home to cook a meal on your own. Each week, we'll discover a new recipe together! RSVP is required.

Mindful Art 

Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17, 24, 11:00am-12:00pm on Zoom  

We will be exploring various art mediums and mindful art making. This is a fun space for self-expression and self-exploration through the art making process. No experience necessary!

To RSVP, call 612-752-8332. 

NEW -- FoodTalks 

Mondays, November 8 & 22, 12:00-1:00pm on Zoom 

Join us for a casual and connective conversation around food! Our personal food stories shape our relationships with food and what we like to eat. Sharing food is a deep part of our humanity, and our food experiences bring us closer together. RSVP is required. To RSVP, call 612-752-8332. 

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Dear Mary, How can I eat healthy at all of the holiday potlucks when everyone wants to know what I thought of their contribution? 

Thank you for that question. We are entering a time of year when everyone tends to overeat. First, don’t go to the potluck hungry. Have a snack that includes fruit and whole grains before you go to the party. Next, watch what you drink. Alcoholic drinks and even beverages like eggnog are full of calories. Water, Water, Water: get a glass of water and keep it with you. And finally, as a strategy to avoid offending anyone, go ahead and put a dollop of all the offerings on your plate, and then only eat the healthy ones. If someone asks what you think, politely reply that you have not tried everything yet. If they persist, take only a small tasting of it. Most importantly, have fun and enjoy the company of other people!


Dear Mary, How can I stay active as it gets darker and colder outside? 


Americans typically exercise more in the spring and summer and less in the fall and winter. Frequent exercise usually drops to its lowest point in December of each year and improves again in January. The key is to stay motivated. Having a goal or target is one of the easiest ways to get motivated. Training for an event is another great motivator, as it gives you something to strive for over the winter. And finally, as you reach your goals, reward yourself. Not quite sure how to get started? Reach out to a CSP Wellness Coach to set up an appointment to develop your individualized wellness plan. 

*A monthly column by CSP FoodWorks Wellness Coach, Mary Newstrom! Do you have a Dear Mary Question? Mary would love to hear from you. If you have a question, you may send it to Mary’s email address: mary.newstrom@avivomn.org or call it in to our RSVP line at: 612-752-8332.


We Missed You in October!

Here's what we were up to --

Simple Supper demos

High tea at the Mad Hatter

Mushroom identification

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Food, crafts, and fun at our Booyah Fall Festival!

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