This collection contains records relating to the management of the Shanti Project and its programs. This includes materials
dating from both before and after the Shanti Project changed its focus from life-threatening illness in general to AIDS exclusively
in 1984. Materials range from monthly reports from the program managers to several versions of the Shanti Volunteer Training
Manual, showing the programs evolution. There is one folder of information concerning the resignation of Executive Director
Jim Geary in 1988.
The Shanti Project was founded in 1974 by Dr. Charles Garfield, to provide emotional support for people with life-threatening
illnesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. The project's focus on one-to-one peer support provided by trained volunteers became
a new standard in the care of the terminally ill. The method gained first national and then international attention. In 1979,
after a talk in Milan, Italy, Shanti began an international training effort; soon nearly 300 organizations around the world
began to employ the Shanti peer support model. The name Shanti was taken from the Sanskrit word for "inner peace" or the
"peace that passeth understanding".
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