PROGRAMS & SERVICES

Our holistic services aim to support the needs of individuals facing inequities and barriers to care.

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 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.

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.

Shanti’s Peer Advocate Care Team (PACT) serves the residents of Potrero Hill Terrace and Annex public housing who must navigate all the physical, emotional, and social changes that will come with the redevelopment of their community. PACT’s main responsibility is to help residents remain stably housed. 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. We believe that no one should have to make the difficult choice of caring for themselves or caring for their pets. We provide comprehensive support services for companion animals of older adults and individuals living with illness and disability. Key services include our pet food and supply bank, veterinary care, and care navigation.

Shanti’s Veterinary Mental Health Initiative (VMHI)  provides mental health support services to veterinarians and veterinary staff by experienced doctorate-level clinicians. Our professionally facilitated peer support groups and individual one-to-one sessions address mental health concerns tailored to the veterinary medicine community. Since the launch of VMHI in 2001, we have directly engaged with more than 200 veterinarians and veterinary technicians from across the U.S. and Canada.