About Shanti

Shanti is a Sanskrit word meaning “inner peace through understanding.”
Such peace is derived from an ongoing relationship of equals, in which service is given freely and with compassion in such a way that both the giver and the receiver benefit.

Seattle Shanti is a non-profit human service agency that offers free emotional support for people affected by HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Shanti’s volunteer network and professional staff offer the following services in Seattle/King County:

One-to-One Emotional Support 
Individuals living with life-threatening illness, grief or loss, or the illness of a loved one receive up to three hours a week of free, confidential one-to-one support from a trained volunteer.

Residential Care Support
Volunteers offer emotional support to residents and their families in hospice and skilled nursing facilities such as Bailey Boushay House and Rosehedge House.

Inmate Support Program
Volunteers spend time weekly providing emotional support to qualified inmates at the King County Correctional Facility.

Seattle Shanti, one of the first AIDS service organizations in Washington State, has served thousands of people with HIV/AIDS and their loved ones since 1983. Shanti also serves people with cancer, ALS, MS, and other life-threatening illnesses.

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