Governor's Stay Safe executive order, updating the previous
Stay-At-Home order, face-to-face Al-Anon and Alateen meetings
are permitted under restrictions, although recovery groups are
encouraged to meet virtually or by telephone. Face-to-face
meetings are limited to not more than 10 and participants should
wear face masks and maintain social distancing – six feet
between members. See this FAQ on
the Governor’s Stay Safe order. A few groups are meeting out-of-doors,
maintaining social distancing. If we know about such
a meeting, it is indicated in the meeting schedule.
In response to the
pandemic, we are maintaining a COVID-19 information page.
This includes a list
of suspended meetings and a schedule of
“virtual” (electronic) meetings, some with
information on how to connect. In also has information on
some anonymity and confidentiality problems that can occur in
virtual meetings and suggestions on how to mitigate them.
Please notify AIS if you learn of a suspended or virtual group
we do not know about.
If your Al‑Anon or Alateen meeting
is suspended or is “going virtual,” please
immediately notify AIS at 952-920-3961 or <email@example.com>.
It may also be helpful to post a note at the regular meeting
place. Similarly, if your group is restarting or is
changing its schedule, let AIS know so the website can be kept
In addition to local 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 a link to information maintained by the
for information on how Minneapolis Al‑Anon/Alateen
Information Services and St. Paul Al‑Anon/Alateen
Intergroup continue to serve you. The pandemic is putting
these organization under great financial stress since sale of
literature and contributions from groups are way down.
In order to survive, AIS and
Intergroup need increased financial support from
members. Please give generously.
Note: Contributions are not
accepted from anyone who is not an Al‑Anon or Alateen
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 debit card.
Call 952-920-3961 to make a contribution to AIS or to order
Al‑Anon/Alateen Conference Approved Literature and/or
Saint Paul Al‑Anon/Alateen Intergroup
be open Wednesdays Noon to 8 PM. Volunteers and visitors
will be expected to wear masks. It will be open on
other days as volunteers are willing and able to staff it.
The phone will continue to be answered every day. If you
need literature on closed days, call 651-771-2208 and we will
take care of you curbside. Mail contributions to St. Paul
Al-Anon/Alateen Intergroup, 253 State St., Saint Paul, MN 55107.
We have a listing of Al-Anon members willing to
take calls from anyone who needs to talk.
Stay well, and we hope we will see you soon.
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