Alvi was founded in 1993. The goal was to create a warm and safe home for mental health clients, mainly those suffering from schizophrenia. It was to be a support community; the first Alvi Home was opened in 1994.
The work carried out by Alvi is unique in the field of health and social welfare, even from the international perspective. This new kind of out-patient support model has reduced the need for hospitalization and promoted independent living. The good work of Alvi has expanded the whole time as experiences have been positive. The method has also awoken international interest.
Alvi is politically and ideologically nonaligned, nonprofit association with a limited budget. The City of Helsinki supports the work of Alvi.