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September (09/30/22)
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March (03/10/22)
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April (04/07/22)
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May (05/05/22)
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June (06/02/22)
Metta – Lovingkindness
July (07/07/22)
Upekkha – Equanimity

Service Work

Volunteering is one of the most important components of Sati Center’s Chaplaincy Training. It allows our students to put into practice what they learn in class and to bring to class their experiences in doing chaplaincy work.

It is important that students find and begin their 10-hour a month volunteer placement early in the program. Once they have been accepted to the program, students should begin researching volunteer options. Ideally, they would have started the volunteer work during the first month of our program. To help with placements, below are some of the options that exist in the Bay Area. These institutions will usually have their own introductory training or orientation volunteers will need to do before starting to volunteer. Sojourn Chaplaincy at SF General offers a wonderful training that supplements well our Sati Program.

Students may volunteer in their areas of interest. This can include healthcare (i.e. hospitals, hospice), social services (i.e. homelessness, rehabilitation), law enforcement (i.e. police), prisons & jails, the military, and faith groups (i.e. sanghas). Generally, however, the best all-around training is found in hospital settings.

The list below was updated in July 2021. There may have been some changes to staffing in the meantime.

Hospital Chaplaincy

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
751 S Bascom AveSan Jose, CA 95128
Contact: Rev. Max Swanger, Spiritual Services Coordinator
Mobile: 408-592-2602
Hospital Phone: 408-885-6996
**Max is a Sati alumnus and has personally reached out to us this year about this opportunity for Sati students.

Sojourn Chaplaincy at S.F. General Hospital Ministry Intensive Training Program
Rev. Claire Bohman, MDiv
(415) 206-5245

Chaplaincy Services at O’Conner Hospital
2105 Forest Ave. San Jose, CA, 95128
Contact: (408) 947-2500 ext. 4430

Stanford University Hospital Spiritual Care Volunteer Program
Contact: Mahesh Bhavana, Head of Buddhist Volunteers – (650) 867-4605
**Stanford Hospital is currently very much in need of Buddhist Volunteer Chaplains and will fast-track any Sati students through the onboarding process.

Mills-Peninsula Medical Center
Burlingame, CA
Contact: Adminstrative Assistant Diane Hernandez at (650) 696-5960 or Chaplain: Sam Ortega (650) 696-5960

Spiritual Care at Laguna Honda Hospital
375 Laguna Honda Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94116
Contact Rev. Bob Deal Spiritual Care Coordinator at (415) 759-3043 or

Sutter-Roseville Hospital
Sacramento, CA
Contact: Gerald Jones 916-781-1147 http://

El Camino Hospital
Burlingame, CA
Reverend Maryellen Garnier 650-988-7568

Dominican Hospital
Chaplains Joann Godino and Dan Olivieri and Sr. Diane Santa Cruz, CA

Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
San Jose, CA
Barbara Zahner –

Washington Hospital Fremont, CA
Rabbi D’vorah Rose

Spiritual Care Program at Kaiser Hospital Fremont
39400 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538
Contact: Laura Boles at (510) 248-7095

Spiritual Care at Kaiser Hospital Hayward
Contact: Rev. Kelly Childress at (510) 784-6485 or

Spiritual Care Program at Kaiser Hospital South San Francisco
Contact: Rev. Lana Sandahl (650) 742-3739 or

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center San Francisco
Spiritual Care Internship Program (a somewhat intensive program) Contact John Jeffery at 415.833.4336 or e-mail

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa and Kaiser Permanente San Rafael
Chaplain Raymond Dougherty
Director, Spiritual Care Services

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Oakland & Richmond
Contact: Rev. Barbara Gallaway Lee at 510.752.6281 or e-mail barbara.galloway- Kaiser Oakland: 280 W MacArthur Blvd, Oakland
Kaiser Richmond: 901 Nevin Ave., Richmond, CA 94801-3143
Jerome Adayemi, MDiv

Kaiser Permanente, San Jose
250 Hospital Parkway, San Jose, CA. 95119
Contact: Michelle Morgan, Volunteer Coordinator. ATTN: Spiritual Care Program (408) 972-6233 michelle.e,
Andrew Bear, MDiv.

Kaiser Hospital San Rafael
Rev. David Martin


Pathways Hospice and Home Health – Sunnyvale, CA
Opportunity to serve as a spiritual care counselor for patients facing the end of life and for their families. Field Education students work closely with nurses, social workers, and home health aides as members of a caring team. Interns visit patients in their own homes as well as in care facility settings.
Contact Rev. Julie Cedrone, 415-567-3973,

Heartland Hospice Services – Santa Clara HeartlandHospice/SantaClara.aspx Santa Clara, CA 95050
Hector Romero: Phone: 408/450-7850

Legacy Hospice Service, Legacy Health
815 NE Davis St.
Portland 97232
Contact: Lori Cannon, Volunteer Coordinator, 503-220-1000

VA Palo Alto
3801 Miranda Avenue
Palo Alto CA 94304
Contact: 650-493-5000 Ext. 65532 (for Chaplaincy services)

Willamette Valley Hospice Salem, OR
Contact Person: Shelley Wagener

Santa Cruz Hospice
Email: Website:
Contact Person: Stacey Pratt

Community Chaplaincy

Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy
St. Vincent de Paul Administrative Offices
820 B St. San Rafael, CA 94901
Contact Rev. Paul Gaffney at (415) 302-0248 or

Jana Drakka Community Services
Contact Rev. Jana Drakka
(415) 816-7065

San Francisco Zen Center
Outreach Intern: prison correspondence, meal preparation & distribution, group meditation/stress reduction to various community groups, field trips, memorial services, etc.
Contact Rev. Jeffrey Schneider at
(415) 354-0379

San Francisco Night Ministry (remote options available)
1031 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
Contact: Trent Thornley
(415) 441-0123
**The Night Ministry has recently launched an Ambassadorship program which they have recommended as suitable for Sati students (Trent is a former graduate of our program)

Mental Health Chaplaincy
(206) 631-1824
Contact Person: Kae Eaton, Lead Chaplain and Director

Healing Circles (remote)
Email: Website:
Contact: Susanne Fest

Americorps (through Jannus)
Veteran support
Contact: Lisa Underwood (208) 947-4284

Zepf Center
Type of Work: Crisis Services
Phone: 419-841-7701

Prison Chaplaincy

Boundless Freedom
Contact Ayla Benjamin
Most of their in-person volunteering is in California prisons.

Prison Sangha Connection
Salinas Valley
volunteer contact person: Yosh Haggerty (650) 573-7461

Elmwood Correctional Facility (Santa Clara County jail)
Milpitas, CA
1-1 spiritual care visits as well as potentially offering meditation groups Contact: Kim Grose Moore at (415) 608-2977 or

Insight Garden Program, San Quentin Prison overview.html
Contact Lisa Benham: 408.221.5748 or Beth Waitkus: 510-704-8660

Santa Cruz jails
Heidi Renteria

Santa Clara County jails
Rev. Dave Robinson

GRIP Training Institute
Online Application Form: uploads/2020/09/ISO-and-GTI-Volunteer-Application.pdf

Education Chaplaincy

University of Southern California
Contact Person: Varun Soni, Dean of USC Office of Religious Life Phone: +1 213 740 6110

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