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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

July 1, 2009

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July 1, 2009

I have been involved with several organizations as a volunteer, and they were and are all great, but getting together with SHANTI and its Staff, its Clients, and fellow volunteers has rekindled a desire to go just that extra in helping those who at the moment need a hand. Kudos to all who built this organization, and to those unselfish volunteers who give so much of themselves, it is my pleasure to work by your side.

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

the Clients it has served over the years, the history it has, the reputation for its excellent and caring legacy.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change a thing, you don't mess with a good thing.

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

the Staff and its volunteers.

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

some of the best you could gather up.

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

do soooooooooooo much good in the community

Ways to make it better...

..... That is a strange question, I can only say,"My experience could not have been better".

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

keeping up in the face of dwindling funding from all sources.

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

if there were two of me, both would volunteer without reservations.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 1, 2009

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July 1, 2009

I love Shanti and everything it's done for me. I wish everyone could go through their peer support volunteer training, this world would be such a better place. Shanti has helped me be a better person and give back to the community.

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

how great all the other people in my training were and how wonderful the staff is.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 1, 2009

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July 1, 2009

SHANTI has changed my life. From the training to the connections among the clients and peers, I am extremely overwhelmed with the fabulousness that is this organization. When becoming a volunteer, I never expected to also make knew friends and become a better person than I was pre-training. If this is what can happen in my life in 2 months, I am only ecstatic of what can happen over the next year.

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

the smiles and relief in the eyes of the clients.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the overwhelming amounts of compassion, kindness and attentiveness to me and everyone involved.

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

amazingly supportive and gracious.

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

help even more people. They are already worth 10 million in what they do for the community!!

Ways to make it better...

n/a

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 30, 2009

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June 30, 2009

Shanti is an organization that inspires its workers, its beneficiaries, and its volunteers. The training in Peer Support that I had through this organization provided me with valuable skills to be not only a better volunteer, but also a better listener and a better friend. Shanti seeks to be the difference between zero and one- providing the invaluable service of companionship and compassionate witnessing.

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

the thousands of lives that Shanti has touched and shined upon.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the incredible volunteers, staff, and beneficiaries I have met. Everyone is warm, open, compassionate, empathetic, and engaged.

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

inspiring!!!!

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

grow to impact more live in SF and to reach other urban areas around the US and the world!

Ways to make it better...

the matching process to become a volunteer was quicker.

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

how to continue to thrive in these challenging economic times.

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

Shanti is an amazing and inspirational community of people.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 30, 2009

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June 30, 2009

Shanti has been a major role in the San Francisco area helping people deal with HIV and everyday LIFE issues. I participated in one of their LIFE workshops and learned more about myself and how to better educate and take care of myself because of the program. The staff are amazing and well trained and extremely friendly, they also are non-judgemental and great at helping find other resources in the community to assist those who need them.

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

the lives of the people that they touch everyday. Many people who are struggling to live find hope with Shanti SF.

Ways to make it better...

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

try to make more people aware that there are great things that come from the programs.

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

EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Absolutely wonderful and amazing...

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

Help millions more psople and inform them how to make positive changes in their lives.

Ways to make it better...

I would have known the great impact that the program would make. Nothing would have made my experience any better than the way I experienced it through Shanti SF.

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

Economic crisis with state and federal cut backs in the HIV programs.

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

This organization deserves this award and believes and gives back to the entire community that it serves.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 30, 2009

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June 30, 2009

I have only begun to become involved with this organization and can already see the incredible impact it has on the community. For 35 years they've been providing the support that people need when they need it. Without Shanti, San Francisco would not be the great, caring city that it is.

Ways to make it better...

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

continue to spread its wonderful work.

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

some of the nicest, most compassionate people I've ever met.

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

make life better for even more people who need its services!

Ways to make it better...

needs more funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 30, 2009

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June 30, 2009

Shanti is an amazing organization and I am thrilled that I was able to volunteer and see the impact they make first hand.

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

the smiles and and true gratitude from Shanti clients

Ways to make it better...

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

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

everyone I have met from Shanti and through Shanti

Ways to make it better...

n/a

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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