We are honored to announce that Shanti is the Grand Marshall of the 1987 IGRA Gay Finals Rodeo. Shanti, a Bay Area non-profit organization was founded in 1974 to provide service to people with life-threatening disease and their loved ones. But with the rapidly increasing numbers of people diagnosed with AIDS, in 1984 Shanti dedicated their free volunteer services solely to those dealing with this disease. Shanti provides several services,
Emotional support volunteers work on a one-to-one basis with people with AIDS and their loved ones.
Experienced facilitator lead weekly drop-in support groups for people with Aids and their families, friends and lovers.
Practical support volunteers assist with the functional needs of people with AIDS and their loved ones.
The San Francisco General Hospital counseling program provides emotional support to in-patients and out-patients.
The residence program provides and administers low-cost housing for adults with AIDS.
Shanti offers recreational events for people with AIDS.
Shanti provides an information and referral service for people inquiring about services available for people with AIDS and about the disease itself.
The Shanti speakers bureau offers presentations on the psychosocial issues of AIDS.
Shanti depends upon hundreds of individuals who give of themselves to help people with AIDS and their loved ones. Shanti volunteers are men and women of diverse ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations, trained by Shanti in office work and in its services to the community. The bay Area Chapter of the Golden State Gay Rodeo Association and the staff of the First Annual IGRA Finals Rodeo request that you support the efforts of Shnti either with volunteer work or with a monetary donation.