Shanti’s key services include care navigation, case management, client advocacy, emotional and practical support, health and wellness activities, one-on-one volunteer support, and community-building events and activities. More details about our programs follow.
Shanti’s HIV Programs exist to ensure that underserved people living with HIV and/or HCV in San Francisco receive the compassionate, culturally competent support they need to manage their health and well-being. Our HIV Programs offer nonjudgmental, harm-reduction based services that promote robust engagement by clients in their own healthcare. Our services allow individuals to connect with one another and overcome barriers to access key resources, including medical and mental health care, housing support, food and nutrition, and counseling. Our HIV Programs serve more than 300 clients annually.
Our Margot Murphy Women’s Cancer Program mitigates the barriers that women face after a cancer diagnosis. Our multilingual and culturally competent services empower women with cancer—especially women of color with low incomes—to overcome linguistic, social, and financial obstacles to accessing, maintaining, and completing treatment and transition into survivorship. More than 200 clients in this program receive intensive care navigation each year; approximately 300 more clients have completed active treatment and remain enrolled in the program to access survivorship support and remain connected to their care navigators should needs arise.
The LGBTQ+ Aging & Abilities Support Network (LAASN) provides compassionate supportive services that help counteract isolation and emotional, behavioral, and health challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer older adults and adults with disabilities. LAASN was created to respond to the growing population of LGBTQ+ older adults in San Francisco and a greater demand for support services. The program currently serves approximately 100 clients and is working to expand its reach to serve more individuals in our community.
Shanti’s Peer Advocate Care Team (PACT) serves the residents of Potrero Hill Terrace and Annex public housing who must balance the complex realities of living in poverty while navigating all the physical, emotional, and social changes that will come with the redevelopment of their community. PACT’s main responsibility is to help residents stay stably housed, which is an essential component to their well-being. PACT connects residents with services, listens to their concerns, creates pathways for them to be heard by the City and the developers, and keeps residents informed of relocation timelines and processes.
Our Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) Program keeps people and their animal companions together in the face of poverty and other hardships that threaten to separate them. We believe that no one should have to make the difficult choice of caring for themselves or caring for their beloved companion animals. We provide free comprehensive support services for companion animals of older adults and individuals living with disability or illness. Key services include our pet food and supply bank, veterinary care, and care navigation.
Shanti’s Veterinary Mental Health Initiative (VMHI) was launched in 2021 because veterinary medicine professionals are currently an underserved population with regards to mental health care and support. They can struggle with high rates of anxiety, depression, and suicidality as professions, in addition to other mental health diagnoses. To address this need, VMHI offers support groups and one-to-one support sessions. Since the launch of this VMHI, we have directly engaged with more than 200 veterinarians and veterinary technicians from across the U.S. and Canada.