Shanti is a pioneering nonprofit that builds human connections to reduce isolation and improve quality of life.

We believe that meaningful relationships are essential for navigating life’s most difficult challenges. Every day, we ease the invisible suffering that can accompany isolation or illness, and combat it through the power of personal connection. Because when we take care of each other, we make San Francisco a healthier and more compassionate community, for everyone.

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REDUCE ISOLATION
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How Shanti Reduces Isolation

45 Years of Cultivating Compassion

Founded in 1974 by Dr. Charles A. Garfield at the UCSF Cancer Institute, Shanti was one of the first volunteer organizations in the United States to provide support to people with life-threatening illness. From our earliest days, Shanti has shined a light on the invisible suffering that accompanies illness and isolation.

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