Meeting minutes, reports, photographs and negatives, videocassettes, publicity material, publication editorial materials,
public service announcement production records, Spanish-language material, trophies, a floppy disk and other administrative
records (1984-2005) from the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, the first group in Southern California to provide direct services
to people with AIDS. Founded in 1983, LA Shanti was a non-profit relief organization that provided emotional support groups
and services for those suffering from the effects of HIV/AIDS.
Founded in 1983 by a group of dedicated volunteers, the Los Angeles Shanti Foundation, or LA Shanti, was the first group in
Southern California to provide direct services to people with AIDS. This non-profit relief organization provided emotional
support groups and services for those suffering from the effects of the AIDS/HIV crisis. With a particular emphasis on minority
groups from socioeconomically troubled backgrounds and the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) community, LA Shanti
sought out the marginalized in a time of great confusion and tragedy. The name "shanti," which loosely translates from Sanskrit
as "inner peace through understanding," emblematized the organization's mission: of providing a compassionate, accepting environment
and support network for people with HIV/AIDS.
3.6 linear feet.
3 archive boxes + 2 archive cartons.
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