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  

5 people found this review helpful

the shanti project is an incredible organization. they have a mission to help people in need, but they do so in a unique and original way. they put the needs of their clients first, and they listen.

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

changing the lives of their clients, volunteers, and staff. everyone is transformed by their relationship with shanti.

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

cheerful, intelligent, and helpful.

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

change san francisco!

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2009-6-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Shanti is a loving, non-judgmental organization that provides a critical service to people living with breast cancer or HIV. San Francisco would be worse without it.

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

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

exceptionally kind and compassionate.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer.

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2009-6-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I feel proud to be a part of this organization. Shanti goes to great lengths to provide services and resources to those living with HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.

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

100% dedicated to the work they were doing. They always were willing to put in the extra work and time to provide the best care possible.

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2009-6-01

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3 people found this review helpful

In April 2005, I was matched with an HIV Services client. I enjoyed my client match and the organization so much that I wanted to get involved on a higher level. In September 2008, I had the privilege of joining Shanti's staff as the Volunteer Services Manager. I still love this organization and fully believe in what we are doing in the community!

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

the feedback we get from our clients!

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

hire more staff.

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

be a part of the excellent work they do.

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

amazing!

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

bring a smile to a lot more faces!

Ways to make it better...

I could have heard about Shanti much earlier in my life.

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

lack of funding and staff.

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

we need your support!

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2009-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The Shanti Project is one of those incredible organizations that changes your life, your perspective and the community at large. Founded under the ideals of humanism and harm reduction is their most base forms, the organization strives to make an emotional impact on the lives of people struggling with HIV AIDS and breast cancer. I've been a volunteer for over a year now and cannot express how positively Shanti impacts both the community and my life. Props out to Kaushik and Mindy, and of course, Charlie Garfield. AMAZING!

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

The wellness of its clients.

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

be surrounded by incredible, selfless people --- constantly.

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

The value of harm reduction on an emotional scale and its non-quantifiable social impact.

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

Courageous, intelligent, compassionate people.

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

Impact the lives of even more people in profound ways.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer with them, because they're so incredible!

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

Funding.

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

Their volunteer training services are incredible and their staff is

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2009-7-01

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4 people found this review helpful

From the very beginning, Shanti has always been there for San Francisco's HIV+ Community! I know so many people who are so grateful for the help and support they received from Shanti and their Shanti volunteers, and as volunteer, I know it made a huge difference in my life!

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

how wonderful everyone is!

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

absolutely awesome--some of coolest people you'll meet!

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

save the world!!

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2009-1-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Shanti is a fabulous organization. For volunteer and client there is opportunity to form a close bond with someone. I didn't want a volunteer position where I just went in did hours and left. In my experience I was able to get to know my client well and help her with her practical and emotional needs. I was able to see first hand how hard it can be for a woman with breast cancer and how she is able to manage her life with four children and take care of herself. Shanti training, staff and my support group have also been a benefit to my experience volunteering.

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

the excellent training they provide, support to both clients and volunteers.

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

the relationship I formed with my client.

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

genuine and caring!

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

serve so many more clients and train more people in the Shanti model in order to help those in need.

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2008-8-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I have always found the staff at Shanti to be inviting and friendly. They are supportive and promote an excellent atmosphere to learn about healing and support. I agree with other reviewers in that Shanti acknowledges and shows great appreciation to volunteers. My experience at Shanti has been many things: emotional, fulfilling, fun, educational, and more. Shanti provides a unique opportunity for volunteers to learn how to form potentially healing relationships. After training the staff will carefully match volunteers to clients. The processes and staff are organized at Shanti. I never felt confused about my role at Shanti, thanks to its good organization. Volunteer hours can be flexible. I recommend Shanti to anyone who would like to contribute to the community, to be a part of a great non-profit, to have the opportunity to advance in personal development, and/or to learn about healthcare.

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

the clients, staff, and volunteers.

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

supportive staff, learning real world skills, volunteering, being appreciated.

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

supportive and interested.

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2008-3-01

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5 people found this review helpful

Shanti is a fantastic organization with an attentive and friendly staff who do everything in their power to make sure their volunteers have a positive experience.

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

the community's great response to the organization.

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

pat myself on the back.

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

meeting the staff and spending time with the other volunteers, all of whom are genuine, good-hearted people.

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

radical.

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

change the way San Francisco is affected by HIV/AIDS.

Ways to make it better...

the training session was a day shorter.

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

the fact that currently there is no cure for HIV or AIDS.

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

volunteering for Shanti is a worthwhile and productive way to spend time.

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2008-1-01

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6 people found this review helpful

The organization itself is well run, friendly and flexible. The Shanti staff goes out of their way to support the volunteers, and make sure the volunteer experience is healthy and positive. Volunteers are carefully matched with clients whose needs fit the volunteer's schedule, personality and comfort level. The Shanti model of support is absolutely inspiring. It is based on the simple humanitarian principles of kindness and empathy. The basic idea is providing non-judgmental support for the ill, which can take many different forms. Some clients may need sympathetic listeners while others need someone to do the grocery shopping, or activity partners. I have been volunteering for Shanti for two years now. When I started the program, I knew that it would be a positive thing for me, but I had no idea how much my relationship with my client and my involvement in the organization would enrich my life. I consider volunteering for Shanti to be one of the best decisions I have ever made and I plan to remain involved with the project for a long time.

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

the quality of life of my client, both emotionally and practically

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

the amazing people I have met, including my client, Shanti staff and other Shanti volunteers.

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

all across the board, from the founder of the project to part-time volunteers like myself.

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

spread some amazing love.

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2008-7-01

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