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June 28, 2012

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June 28, 2012

My name is Debra Garner I became a volunteer at Shanti's in 2011. I volunteered as a Care Navigator and Wellness Coordinator. I felt very honored to volunteer at Shanti , the clients were wonderful and very appreciative. I had the opportunity to work with a client who was at end of life and she had no blood family but considered Shanti her family. Shanti volunteer Staff were wonderful and always available to offer support. I don't think without the support of Shanti management that my experience would not had been a lifechanging experience.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 28, 2012

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June 30, 2009

Shanti is an impressive organization that does a lot of good with a modest budget. Through its peer support program, which has been around for all of Shanti's 35 years, it trains volunteers to provide... more

June 28, 2012

I've been with Shanti as a peer support volunteer since 1998. My current client, whom I've been matched with since 2001, is as different from me as it's possible to be, but Shanti taught me that it's still possible to forge a strong, respectful, supportive bond nonetheless. It was through Shanti that I learned about active, empathic listening and unconditional positive regard, two things that have allowed me to be a successful volunteer *and* a better, more present person in general. Shanti is unique in the skills it helps its volunteers develop, and in the work it enlists them to do. In addition, the organization does an extremely good job--through support groups, regular check-ins with staff, and other methods--of ensuring that volunteers get the support they need. Shanti has changed my life, and in turn has helped me have an impact on my clients' lives; for that I am in its debt.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 30, 2009

Shanti is an impressive organization that does a lot of good with a modest budget. Through its peer support program, which has been around for all of Shanti's 35 years, it trains volunteers to provide emotional and practical support to clients, allowing volunteers to have a real impact on the lives of people living with HIV and breast cancer. Shanti's staff are among the most dedicated people I've ever met. They're strongly committed to the agency's clients, to progressive wellness programs, and to Shanti's volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the volunteer trainings I've facilitated. It's moving and impressive to see people's lives change so significantly over the course of a weekend.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

look into offering Shanti's peer support training to other organizations.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the chance to establish a strong, caring, respectful relationship with my client, who impresses me with his positive attitude and his willingness to keep fighting.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated, diverse, and good-natured.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its program offerings to people living with other illnesses, and reach an even greater client base.

Ways to make it better...

Shanti had the funding to consistently offer some of its most popular and helpful programs, such as the rides program.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

remaining stable in the face of budget uncertainty.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 27, 2012

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June 27, 2012

Hi, my name is David Araujo and I've been Shanti's client for about 8 years now. I remember the very first day when I went to Shanti completely lost regarding how to take care of myself and our community. Shanti open its arms and received me with all the love, wisdom and knowledge that they are known for and this was a major turn around in my life. Speaking about L.I.F.E. it's a wonderful and life changing program offered by Shanti that with all simplicity I'd say: """The best ever""". That said, I am really proud of Shanti and the LIFE Program for having keeping the highest and best standards that a non-profit organization can have serving it's clients, the community, families and all of us. Thank You, TAHNK YOU and T.H.A.N.K. Y.O.U. Love. :) D.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 27, 2012

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June 27, 2012

Hello, my name is Manolo Pizarro. I've been a client of Shanti for almost 12 years. I used to be a Chef du Cussine , but once I became familiar with the services offered at Shanti , I realized that I needed to change gears . Shanti inspired me to change careers and to get involved with the community. Today I am a Health Educator and an activist for the LGBT Community . I am a L.I.F.E graduate and nevertheless , I am a Shanti supporter and I will always be thankful for having them in my life and for showing us, the POZ community, how to obtain the tools required to build a stronger community .

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 27, 2012

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June 27, 2012

On June 20, I had the opportunity to lead a wellness workshop on medicinal herbal teas for Shanti's breast cancer clients. I wanted to provide the clients of Shanti with some easily accessible and inexpensive home remedies for some of the symptoms they regularly experience due to side effects of their chemotherapy treatment. There were so many interested clients that they had to offer the workshop in two sessions! The staff that coordinated the event even organized it so that all of the Chinese-speaking clients were together in one group with a translator to make it easier on me. The clients were so appreciative of the information I was giving and I felt completely supported by the staff. Shanti is a non-profit that gives offers support and health education directly to the people that need it most. I felt honored to be able to offer guidance to these receptive clients and to work with such a helpful and caring staff. I would recommend volunteering for Shanti to anyone that wants to make a difference in the lives of those with life-threatening illnesses in San Francisco.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 25, 2012

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June 25, 2012

On July 25, 2010, I had the pleasure of participating with a wonderful team of people in the San Francisco Marathon.  Each person on our team worked hard to raise money for a great cause while being a participant on the Shanti Cares Team.  Many of the Shanti employees ran in the marathon with the participants...which I thought was very commendable.  This program was awesome!  It motivated me to do something special to help others, while helping myself to become a better and healthier person. The Shanti Cares team training was very well organized, fun and motivational.  It was nice to be a part of such a great organization that does fabulous work assisting those in need.  I appreciate the hard work by the staff and volunteers. Keep up the good work Shanti.  

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 22, 2012

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June 22, 2012

I began supporting Shanti nearly ten years ago! I think they are a great organization. I have seen them grow, thrive, and support many people over the years. Specific ways I have helped include: hosting house parties, attending events, and filling a table for the annual gala.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 14, 2012

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June 14, 2012

I was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988 and told I would likely die within a year and I was angry and afraid of dying alone and in disgrace. I had read about Shanti's program offering practical and emotional support to people living and dying of this disease. I went and took the Shanti training in the early 1990's and my life was transformed completely. As the illness had progressed, I drank more and more and crossed the line from heavy drinker to alcoholic, and this two weekends of training gave me a new sense of hope and a window to recovery through which I entered and soon became involved volunteering with my own Shanti client as well as having my own Shanti volunteer and my physical health started improving as my emotional health grew. I experienced a world where men and women cared about one another with no expectation other than the possibility of helping another human being. I began a journey where I've come to believe in the infinite power of unconditional love and I'm forever grateful to Shanti for this great gift.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 24, 2011

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1 previous review
June 24, 2009

I can't help but be thankful for all the support that SHANTI has given me and other people who have had issues with HIV+... Since I've attended the SHANTI L.I.F.E. work group, I've been more careful ... more

May 24, 2011

Shanti has been in my life for 4 years now. The level of concern and listening skills way surpassed my expectations. I've been a regular to the drop in on Thursday evenings which helped get me out of the house and into a positive and sharing environment. I've taken the L.I.F.E. course and changed bits and pieces of my health and behavior. (A good thing for me).
The staff has been so nice, loving, and caring. I grieve that this will not be around forever and hope that $ comes in to keep the programs alive.
What I'm really trying to say is... " Thanks to Shanti and everyone involved for helping me in my time of need" ..
Thanks so much

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The fact that I'm eating better and feeling better than I have in a long while. With Shanti, I've come out of my hiding and share "me" with the world.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would introduce this organization to more neighborhoods and keep the love and caring flowing.

June 24, 2009

I can't help but be thankful for all the support that SHANTI has given me and other people who have had issues with HIV+... Since I've attended the SHANTI L.I.F.E. work group, I've been more careful to take better care of myself (hopefully living better and happier). With the SHANTI group, I've also felt that I had a place to go when I've felt like a recluse. I've met so many good people THERE with hearts that hug. (my favorite) .. THANK YOU SHANTI!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my community and how important we all are in communicating our needs and helping others in the same place. Shanti has been very effective in helping me get out and share myself with others. Thank you SHANTI

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be on every corner

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The wonderful and loving people there. I could write a book (but won't)

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

ALWAYS, ALWAYS considerate and understanding. Privacy, positive health practices, and a strong bond is what I've gotten from the staff.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Further help the community in teaching safe practices to help self image, safe sex, unity in life, and support where needed. Shanti has been a big plus in my life.

Ways to make it better...

there was more people out there to help out with the demanding needs of the HIV+ community.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

keeping the organization going and the community safe.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

November 30, 2009

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November 30, 2009

Shanti has been a part of my life since I first attended the volunteer training in the early years of the AIDS pandemic. I can still remember the powerful moment in my training when I knew that my life had been permanently changed. Since that moment I have never regretted the subsequent years I have spent with the organization as a volunteer, a staff member in every area of the organization from volunteer coordinator to Executive Director, and a volunteer again. Since joining the organization in my late 30's to now in my 60's, Shanti has helped make me a better person. I have never forgotten each client that I was matched with in the early years and the life lessons they taught me. The lessons I learned from them were so rewarding to me that I have always felt that I've received much more than I have ever given. I have continued to learn from clients, volunteers and staff throughout the ensuing years and find myself very grateful for the life I've had compared to the life I might have had if Shanti had not come into my life. I am proud to be a part of the Shanti community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

in supporting women and men with AIDS and breast cancer who are homeless or minimally housed, uninsured,and frequently have no family to look to for help. Invariably they leave us better off than they were when first coming to Shanti.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Well, I actually did run the organization for four years so if we had more secured or unrestricted funding we would be able to build up reserves and ultimately provide more activities and services with increased appropriate staffing for the clients.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The valuable life lessons I learned as a volulnteer and the time I spent with the clients I was matched with up through my years as a staff member.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

the most amazing and committed indiviudals that I had seen. Immediately I felt welcomed into a special community committed to supporting clients to make informed choices for their own care where we learned immediately we didn't have to "fix it" for them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand its type of nonjudgemental support services to just about any life-threatening or life-altering illness. Because the Shanti model can be so easily adapted it would also be able to offer more training to other organizations on a larger scale.

Ways to make it better...

I can't imagine my experience possibly being any better. I know that 85 cents of every dollar goes directly to client services so with more funding they would be able to expand services and staff.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

As with most nonprofits, more resources and increased unrestricted funding to be able to build up reserves to help through difficult times.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you to Shanti's founder, Charlie Garfield, and to the staff, volunteers, and clients for teaching me so much and for the opportunity to incorporate the Shanti model into my life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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