Shanti Project

Peer Support

Shanti’s Volunteer Services Mission
Shanti Project exists to enhance the health, quality of life and well-being of people with terminal, life-threatening or disabling illnesses or conditions. Through a continuum of services, including in-home and onsite patient and care navigation, emotional and practical support and preserving the human-animal bond, Shanti strives to achieve the highest medical and quality of life outcomes for San Francisco’s most vulnerable.

The Shanti Model of Peer Support
The Shanti model of peer support is a philosophy and a set of tools that trained volunteers can use to meet a broad range of client needs.

Basis of the Mode
The Shanti model of peer support is based on the belief that most people with life-threatening illnesses – such as HIV and breast cancer– can handle their emotional and practical challenges more effectively if they receive caring support in an ongoing relationship with a trained volunteer.

The word “Shanti” is the Sanskrit word for “inner peace.” Shanti is the place we find in ourselves…

  • when we have performed a simple act of service that matters to someone else;
  • when we are being with another person in just the right way;
  • when we feel truly connected.

Basic Skills
The Shanti volunteer utilizes three basic skills in working with the client:

  • Listening from the heart (listening with an open heart, being willing to be touched by another),
  • Speaking from the heart (speaking authentically, expressing true feelings),
  • Acting from the heart in service to another person (actions based on compassion, caring, a desire to be of service).

The Peer Support Volunteer Training
Shanti peer support volunteers are trained to provide support over the course of a 24-hour training. This training includes experiential exercises, client and volunteer panels, and presentations and discussions on a variety of topics (including clinical issues, psychosocial issues and grief).

The Shanti Model is a harm reduction-based, active listening model that allows our volunteers to be who they truly are while providing compassionate, non-judgmental support to a wide range of clients.

“We do not serve the weak or the broken. What we serve is the wholeness in each other and the wholeness in life. The part in you that I serve is the same part that is strengthened in me when I serve. Unlike helping or fixing or rescuing, service is mutual”

- Rachel Naomi Remen, My Grand Father’s Blessings

To learn more or sign up for a training, please contact Volunteer Services at (415) 674-4751 or by email.

Peer Support Trainings

Winter 2019
Friday, January 25th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, January 26th
10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, January 27th
10:00am - 6:00pm

Spring 2019
Friday, March 29th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, March 30th
10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, March 31st
10:00am - 6:00pm

Spring 2019
Friday, May 17th
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Saturday, May 18th
10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, May 19th
10:00am - 6:00pm

Please note that interested volunteers must attend ALL three dates within each training session listed above.

Volunteer Application

For more information, please contact Volunteer Services via email or call 415-674-4751.

Check out other volunteer opportunities: Volunteer/Internship Opportunities

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