for information about the effect of COVID-19
on Al‑Anon/Alateen in the Twin Cities area
the Governor's stay-at-home executive order, no Al-Anon or
Alateen group should be meeting face-to-face at this time. See
on the Governor’s order.
Groups, which includes Alateen and Al‑Anon
Adult Children, has been in existence for 65 years as a
community resource providing support to those affected by
someone else’s drinking.
Today, there are more than 25,000 Al‑Anon
and 1,700 Alateen groups meeting in 133 countries. There are
more than 280 Al‑Anon and Alateen meetings
in the Minneapolis and St.Paul metropolitan area. Meetings
are anonymous and confidential. There are no dues or fees for
Find out if Al‑Anon, Alateen, or Al‑Anon Adult Children
might be right for you. Learn about alcoholism
as a family disease and its effect on us.
Help and Hope
The Al‑Anon Family Groups are a fellowship
of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their
experience, strength, and hope, in order to solve their common
problems. We believe alcoholism is a family illness, and that
changed attitudes can aid recovery.
Al‑Anon is not allied with any sect,
denomination, political entity, organization, or institution;
does not engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes
any cause. There are no dues for membership. Al‑Anon is
self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.
Al‑Anon has but one
purpose: to help families of alcoholics. We do this by
practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to
families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and
encouragement to the alcoholic.
Preamble to The Twelve Steps
Reprinted with permission of
Al‑Anon Family Group Headquarters, Virginia Beach, VA.
We Will Be There For You!
Services of Greater Minneapolis (AIS) will be staffed
only our regular weekday hours (Monday through Friday 9:00 AM
– 4:00 PM, closed Saturday). It is not
open for personal visits, but can take phone orders for
literature to be shipped to you or picked up curbside. You
can also make contributions over the phone using a credit or
Saint Paul Al‑Anon/Alateen
Intergroup will not be open until further notice, in
accordance with the Governor’s executive order. We hope to
have the phone answered remotely during office hours.
We have a listing of Al-Anon members willing to
take calls from anyone who needs to talk.
We have a good supply of hand sanitizer and plan
to use it liberally.
Please check the meeting schedule
to see which groups are meeting. This is updated
frequently as new information comes in. It shows which
groups are suspended and which are “virtual”, i.e.,
meeting on-line or on the telephone. The COVID‑19 information
page lists the suspended and “virtual”
groups. It also provides some information on setting up a
“virtual” meeting and some warnings about
“virtual” meetings. Because some groups may
not notify us that they are suspending. when a group is not in
our lists, check with the Alano, church or other location it
meets. Please notify AIS if you learn of a suspended group
we do not know about.
Stay well, and we hope we will see you soon.
The April 4 Area Assembly has been
POSTPONED until further notice. See the COVID-19 information
page for more information about postponements and
cancellations. It includes lists of suspended and
“virtual” meetings as well as cautions about
anonymity in on-line meetings.
There will be an abbreviated virtual
World Service Conference the week of April 20. Do not
send cards and love gifts to the Conference hotel as may
have been suggested to you.
On the WSO website is a PDF document
with some guidance on suspending meetings
Because of concerns about COVID-19, many
groups are not meeting at all and many others have become
“virtual” – conntecting by telephone or
on-line. Our COVID-19
information page has lists of both suspended and virtual
meetings. Some meetings are apparently continuing. They
can be found on the meeting
schedule pages. Since we can post only information
we have received, it is likely that some groups not listed as
suspended or virtual are not, in fact, meeting.
If your Al‑Anon or Alateen meeting
is suspended or is “going virtual”, please
immediately notify AIS at 952-920-3961 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
It may also be useful to post a note at the regular meeting
In addition to local virtual meetings, there are
many established electronic Al-Anon meetings. Some are on
the Internet in formats such as email, chat, bulletin board and
voice via internet. Others are telephone meetings.
See our electronic
meeting page for more information.
Minnesota South Area Calendar
Every year Minnesota South Area produces a
calendar with the dates of Al‑Anon and Alateen
events. The 2020 calendar is now out and has been mailed
to all Minnesota South Al‑Anon and Alateen
groups. Additional free copies are available at
Minneapolis Al‑Anon/Alateen Information Services and St.
Paul Al-Anon/Alateen Intergroup.
You can download
a printable copy (PDF) or view the calendar online.
Have you seen Al-Anon's newest book?
Intimacy in Alcoholic Relationships
Members share their challenges with all
aspects of intimacy – physical, emotional and spiritual
– in all relationships affected by the family illness of
Available at Minneapolis AIS and St. Paul
See the literature
page for information on other books