Shanti Project

Rating: 4.98 stars   63 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer, Breast Cancer

Location: 730 Polk St., 3rd Floor San Francisco CA 94109 USA

Mission: Shanti is dedicated to closing the gap between people who receive comprehensive medical care and those who do not, and provides the information, skills and support clients need to make informed decisions about their treatment, improve their health and wellness, and enjoy good health outcomes and a high quality of life. Originally founded in 1974 to help people dying of cancer, Shanti was one of the first organizations to respond to San Francisco s AIDS crisis.  Today the organization provides a variety of emotional and practical support services that help people living with HIV/AIDS and breast cancer. Services include a drop-in center, peer and treatment advocacy, case management, health counseling, patient navigation, and activities. Shanti also shares its expertise in volunteer management and HIV/AIDS peer education with other local and national organizations interested in starting or improving their programs.
Target demographics: Our clients are all underserved individuals with life-threatening illnesses & often come from challenged, at-risk & underserved communities including women & those of trans experience, communities of color, seniors, the homeless and marginally housed & those with a dual or triple diagnosis with mental health &/or substance use issues in addition to their positive HIV or breast cancer diagnosis.
Geographic areas served: San Francisco
Programs: Shanti serves over 2,000 men and women every year through the following programs: The Breast Cancer Program reduces the obstacles faced by individuals with breast cancer by providing a continuum of tailored services that address their physical, emotional, psychosocial, educational and support needs. Clients are primarily low-income, uninsured and medically underserved San Franciscans, the majority of whom are women of color and who are living in poverty. HIV Services Program provides care navigation, peer advocacy, a drop-in center, activities and events, support groups, women's services and encourages a continuity of HIV treatment and care through the provision of culturally competent support to at-risk, underserved HIV positive communities. Volunteer Services Program trains volunteers to provide emotional support and practical assistance to individuals living with life-threatening illnesses, using the internationally recognized Shanti Model of Peer SupportTM. Volunteers serve clients through one-on-one client/volunteer matches, short-term or one-time only support, our drop-in center, our activities program and by offering workshops and classes. L.I.F.E. Program® is a health-enhancement program based on the latest medical research in mind-body medicine. “L.I.F.E.” stands for Learning Immune Function Enhancement. Evaluation research shows that L.I.F.E. reduces risk behavior, improves quality of life, increases medication adherence and reduces health problems. Our programs have the potential to increase the health of individuals with HIV, Hepatitis C, breast cancer and other immune related illnesses. Community Support Program provides management, administrative support and training to council members of the San Francisco EMA (Eligible Metropolitan Area) HIV Health Services Planning Council. This body is mandated by the U.S. Congress to determine the size and demographics of the population of individuals with HIV in the three county area and the needs of this population.
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Rating: 5 stars  

Shanti is a pioneer San Francisco organization who has stayed true to its mission for over 38 years. As one to the first organizations to respond to AIDS crisis in San Francisco, Shanti has trained thousands of volunteers in the Shanti model of peer support. Shanti volunteers provide compassionate care to our LGBTQ brothers and sisters living with life threating illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer though out San Francisco. As Charlie Garfield, the founder of Shanti once said, “A shanti volunteer is often the difference between zero and one”. The difference between zero and one for a Shanti client often means the difference between having one compassionate person to care and love them and having no one. Shanti’s impact continues to be felt by thousands of men and women in the San Francisco LGBTQ community. I am proud and humbled to serve on the Board of Director of the Shanti Project.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2012

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As a social worker in the bay area, I have the opportunity to work with many non-profit organizations; and since learning of Shanti a little over a year ago, I've been exceptioning impressed by CEO, Kaushik Roy; the services provided to their client population; the advocacy role they play in the bay area; and their philosophy, mission and values. Shanti is both helping to improve the quality of life and save the lives of their clients. I have was formally involved with their Breast Cancer Program fundraiser this year and have been donating to Shanti since learning of their organization. I hope to remain involved with this extraodinary organization for many years to come.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have known Shanti for over 30 years and have been a board member for the past 2 1/2 years. I can say that the commitment to our clients is unsurpassed by any staff I have ever seen. The work that Shanti does to give a fighting chance to those who would otherwise might not survive a life-threatening illness is amazing. We work hard to make sure or clients are well cared for, our volunteers' commitments to empathetic and consistent support, and our staff's care navigation services give them access to services that they might not know about or otherwise have access to. Shanti is great, Shanti is wonderful, Shanti is love.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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12 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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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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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

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Definitely

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2012

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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 .

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

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Definitely

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2012

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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.

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

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Definitely

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2012

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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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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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2012

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