Bill Musick
Bill Musick
From the desk of our  
Interim Executive Director

As I'm writing this letter, the country is focused on a series of natural disasters in the form of Harvey and Irma.  The response to such disasters is usually an immediate compassionate response by government and individuals to alleviate the suffering of others.

The Sanskrit word "Maitri" is often translated as "the love a mother has for her child."  This is a very different type of compassion, and one that I've had the privilege to observe for the past three months as Interim Executive Director of Maitri Compassionate Care.  Like many parent-child relationships, this compassion is often fiercely protective; but just as often it's about letting go - either for respite clients moving to a more independent setting, or the transition of our end-of-life residents. 

This week, the Maitri Board and staff begin their final rounds of interviews for a permanent Executive Director to lead Maitri into the future.  And as I face the likely end of my interim role in the next month or so, I'm pondering the idea of letting go.  It hardly seems possible that three months have flown by.  Part of me looks forward to putting hours into other activities, but the rest of me will miss the daily ebb and flow of life within the walls of Maitri - often far removed from the natural disasters, political posturing, and even neighborhood activities on the streets below. 

I marvel at what has been created at Maitri over its many years of caring for others.  Although Maitri has been close to my heart for many years, this return has opened my eyes to the meaning of compassion and what's important in our lives, just as it did twenty years ago.  I would invite you to look at ways to deepen your connection to this type of compassion.  We are enriching our Volunteer Program with the help of our new Volunteer Program Coordinator, David Valentine (415-558-3004), to engage and empower volunteers at a deeper level.  Whether helping at the bedside or assisting in the office or with our annual fundraising event, Bliss (May 6, 2018), there are plenty of ways to get involved directly.  For those of you who wish to notch up your financial support of Maitri, contact Toni Newman, our Development Manager (415-558-5003) to find out about monthly pledges, estate giving, or sponsorship for Bliss 2018.

By the time the next newsletter is in your hands (or on your screen), we will hopefully have much news to provide.  By early October, I hope Maitri will be able to announce a new Executive Director, a new tenant for the front area of Maitri's first-floor commercial space with whom we have signed a Letter of Intent, and some new/renewed funding from our city partners.  I hope also, that the next month finds you with a renewed connection to the compassion that a mother has for her child.

Here's what we have for you in this issue:  
Please consider forwarding this newsletter to a friend who may not yet know us. As always, thank you so much for your generous support of Maitri's programs benefiting our residents who struggle every day with advanced AIDS.

Bill_s Signature

Resident Spotlight 
Resident Jasmine Video Link
Resident Jasmine Video Link
CNA MaryAnn Voss and Jasmine

Resident Jasmine arrived to Maitri in 2017 and needed a place to start over. Life had been very difficult up to that point and as  an African-American transwoman, she needed a fresh beginning and opportunity to move forward in her life. Jasmine says  "We are all human and I am just trying to match my body parts to the way I express myself. Maitri creates a wholesome atmosphere and safe place. There is no drama and that is so important to me. Maitri offers all needs and whatever care you need. Thank you for being themselves and going the extra mile."


Board Spotlight

Maitri wishes to thank Christina Raymond and Jill Stockwell for their years of service on the Maitri Board of Directors. Christina served as Development Chair in 2016 and Jill served as Development Chair in 2017. We thank you both for your hard work and dedication to Maitri.
Christina Raymond
Jill Stockwell
Jane Wong
Jane Wong
Maitri is excited to welcome Jane Wong to the Maitri Board of Directors. Jane Wong is currently a vice president in equity research at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, on the Enterprise Software team in San Francisco. Prior to joining the software team, Jane was a research analyst on the US REITs (real estate investment trusts) team in New York since 2009. Jane graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and International Affairs.
Jame says "I'm interested in Maitri and Board service because of the important and impactful service it provides - a welcoming residence offering care for those living with or suffering from HIV/AIDS. I'm a fairly new resident to San Francisco, and I wanted to become involved with an organization that has roots and history in city of San Francisco, which Maitri has. While I was in school in Georgia, I volunteered with an organization that provided quality of life care for children with HIV/AIDS -- it made me realize how much of an epidemic still exists in our country today, not just abroad."
Jane is also marrying Nicholas Smith this month in Atlanta and Maitri says congratulations.

Staff Update

Tami Redding_ Nursing Manager
Tami Redding,
Nursing Manager

Shameka Green_ Facillities Maintenance Worker
Shameka Green, 
Facillities Maintenance Worker

Sam Prince_ Sous Chef
Sam Prince,
Sous Chef

Michael Heath_ Facilities Maintenance Worker
Michael Heath,
Facilities Maintenance Worker

Jacqueline Piper_ CNA
Jacqueline Piper,

David Vincent_ Volunteer Coordinator
David Valentine,
Volunteer Coordinator

Job Openings

We_re Hiring_
Per Diem CNA and Per Diem LVN wanted for the nursing department. If interested please send resume and cover letter to Tami Redding, Nursing Manager,  tredding@maitrisf.org

Full-time Clinical Supervisor (LVN) wanted to manage the LVN/CNA staff. If interested please send resume and cover letter to Tami Redding, Nursing Manager, tredding@maitrisf.org.
Part time cook wanted for Sunday shift. If interested please send resume and cover letter to Ann Kong, Food Services Director, akong@maitrisf.org




SF AIDS Walk had a huge turnout on July 16 and the weather was great. Maitri is very grateful for all the support and let us keep fighting for a cure for HIV/AIDS. Maitri raised $2,225.00 for the Maitri team.
Thank you to Jacqueline Sellers and Paul Williams for helping Maitri break our record.

Project Lazarus Visit (AIDS United)

Bill Musick, Kathleen Welch and Jessica Kinnison

Jessica Kinnison (Director of Programs) and Kathleen Welch (Director of Operations) from Project Lazarus in New Orleans, Louisiana visited Maitri Compassionate Care on September 6th for a site visit with grant provided by AIDS United. They talked with each dept. head and toured Maitri. 

Issan Dorsey Remembered

Maitri Compassionate Care honors our founder Issan Dorsey who died on September 6, 1990. Maitri has been going strong for 30 years now. Thank you Issan!
Issan Dorsey Memoriam
Issan Dorsey

Volunteer Update

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Maitri. We are so thankful for all those who assist our residents and bring cheer to our local community.

Volunteers help with all facets of life at Maitri - from taking residents on outings and to medical appointments, sitting with ill or dying residents, lending a hand with administrative projects and fundraising events - to helping maintain our thriving community garden.

We have three Volunteer Orientations scheduled through the end of the year. Orientations are introductions to Maitri for anyone thinking about becoming a volunteer, they will be Saturday mornings between 9:00am - 10:00am, October 7th, November 4th, and December 2nd.

There is a Volunteer Extension Training scheduled for November 4th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, for existing volunteers.

Please consider becoming more deeply engaged with Maitri as a volunteer.  For more information about volunteering, or to get started today, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, David Valentine, (415) 558-3004 or dvalentine@maitrisf.org. 

Holiday Open House

Take a break from the hustle and bustle  of the holiday season with a visit to MAIT RI during our...

Maitri prodies compassionate care to men and women with dbilitating later-stage HIV/AIDS in need of hospice or 24-hour residential care.


RSVP by Monday, December 11, 2017 to tnewman@maitisf.org or (415)558-3003.
Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 2 pm to 5 pm

Join us for delicious holiday appetizers prepared by our kitchen staff, along with a steaming cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or cider, while enjoying live festive holiday music. Sit back by our fireplace for a chat with other exhausted shoppers, our volunteers and Maitri residents as you take in the beauty of our lighted tree. Suggested charitable donation is $10, and gifts of toiletries for our residents are always welcomed.

Bliss 2018 Gala

Bliss 2018 Gala, Maitri's 31st anniversary will be held on Sunday, May 6, 2018, at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St, San Francisco, CA 94104, 4:30 to 8 pm.

Dale Johanne

Dale Johannes will be the host and auctioneer

Dale has worked extensively as an actor for over 30 years - and is thrilled to be helping outstanding nonprofits with fundraising! Dale has proudly worked in the field of HIV research and treatment for 24 years (and counting).

Our Guest Performers Will Be...
Jason Stuart

Comedian Jason Stuart:  The gay jewish comedian Jason Stuart has been in close to 200 film & TV shows! He has performed in LGBT events, the Montreal Comedy Festival, Broadway, Comedy Clubs and to 100,000 people at the Millennium March in D.C.

Frenchie Davis

Vocalist Frenchie Davis:  Franchell "Frenchie" Davis is an American Broadway performer and a soul, dance/electronica, and pop singer. She first came to public attention in 2003 as a contestant on the singing competition show American Idol.

Jonny Z

Vocalist/Guitarist Jonny Zywiciel:  Guitarist Jonny Zywiciel will perform at the reception. (pronounced Zuh-witch-ul) is a Los Angeles, California-based Singer, Songwriter, Producer, and Multi-Instrumentalist whose laid-back, soulful sound is heavily inspired by Stevie Wonder, Jimi Hendrix, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, and John Mayer.

Maitri will be celebrating 31 Years of Service to the San Francisco community in 2018. 
We need your support more than ever to sustain our services and to continue to provide compassionate care to those who need us the most. 

The tickets to the gala will be $275.00 each and sponsorships start at $1,000.
We need your support in 2018.

Contact Toni Newman at  tnewman@maitrisf.org or 415.558.3003 for more information.