Fall  2016

Michael Smithwick
From the desk of our  
Executive Director

Take this job and love it! Serving as Maitri's Executive Director over the last six years has been the most gratifying experience of my life. As I approach retirement at year-end, I now look forward to passing the leadership baton to another. If you or someone you know has what it takes to lead Maitri to its next chapter, please don't hesitate to apply. The Board's "ED Search Committee" deadline for applications is just DAYS away on September 30. We've already received many promising resumes and letters of interest, but we definitely want to cast a wide net before the Committee begins interviewing selected finalist candidates.  So apply now or regret later.
The approaching holidays (Halloween followed in rapid succession by Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years) are always a festive and joyous time at Maitri.  This year they will feel even more special to me personally as I experience them one final time in my capacity as Executive Director.  Please mark your calendar now to join us on Saturday, December 17, for our annual Holiday Open House at Maitri where we can all - supporters, staff, board members, volunteers, residents, neighbors and friends - celebrate the joy of the season in classic Maitri style.

Here's what we have for you in this Fall 2016 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.

Board Spotlight

We congratulate Maitri board member and Well Fargo employee,  Johannes Casados, for being honored by Wells Fargo for his outstanding volunteer efforts with us. As a result, Maitri will receive a $1,000 grant award from the bank. Thank you very much Johannes and Wells Fargo!

Johannes Casados
Johannes Casados
Thank You for Volunteering.  
Executive Director Search

Please help us identify Maitri's next leader.
Maitri, a non-profit hospice and 24-hour care facility serving those with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco since 1987, is seeking an Executive Director. Maitri, pronounced my-tree, is a Sanskrit word that means compassionate friendship. In this 15-bed facility, skilled professionals and dedicated volunteers offer nursing and personal care as well as emotional and spiritual resources to help meet the special needs associated with HIV-related illness with an emphasis on end-of- life care. As Executive Director Michael Smithwick's departure for retirement approaches in December, the Maitri board is actively seeking the right individual to lead the organization to its next chapter. Perhaps YOU are that individual or have someone in mind who you think may be perfect for the role. If so, please let us know. But do so quickly, as the deadline for applications is just days away on Friday, September 30th.

For a detailed Job Description and information on how to apply, click here.

Executive Director Retirement Press Release: 

Resident Spotlight

Resident Lonnie has been a resident at Maitri for over 2 years, has seen his health improve under our care, and is now ready for discharge to independent living. When Lonnie arrived at Maitri, he was very sick and unsure what the future held for him. "Maitri has been a blessing to me and my favorite part about Maitri are the holiday meals and holiday season," says Lonnie. "The staff - especially the nurses and volunteers - have been a great help to me by bringing my meds 4 times a day, taking me to doctors appointments and helping me whenever I needed help. I am grateful to Maitri for all they have done for me, but it is time for me to go now and I will miss them all so much."


New Faces at Maitri

Andrea Bravo De Rveda - CNA
Andrea Bravo De Rveda, CNA
Arianna Rivera_ LVN
Arianna Rivera, LVN
Amy Chau_ LVN
Amy Chau, LVN


San Francisco Magazine Fundraiser for Maitri hosted
by Sterling Bank

San Francisco Magazine held a fundraiser for Maitri hosted by Sterling Bank on June 22. The event was held at the Pier 7 and raised almost $5,000 for Maitri. A big shout out to the staff of San Francsico Magazine and to Sterling Bank for hosting this fabulous event.

San Francisco Magazine Fundraiser
San Francisco Magazine Fundraiser

Bridgemen at Maitri
Bridgemen Work their Magic at Maitri

In August they painted, scrubbed, hauled trash and gave Maitri a complete makeover. We so appreciate the Bridgemen and all the great work they do for Maitri!

Maitri's 2016 Donor Wall Installed 

Maitri's newly updated 2016 Major Donor Wall went up for display at our entry in August. We would like to salute The Maitri Foundation for moving up to the Steadfast Assurance level, James Hormel and The Dorian Fund for moving up to the Loving Inspiration level, Community Thrift Store for moving up to the Compassionate Embrace level and Walter & Elise Hass Fund for moving up to the Transcendent Grace level. New additions to the wall are Lindsay Faeder, Safeway Inc., and Michael Smithwick & Jerry Wilder at the Warming Sunlight level. Maitri is so grateful for ALL our donors, supporters and friends as we approach our 30th year anniversary in 2017. Click here  for a pdf of the updated Major Donor Wall where you can read the many names listed there.

Michael at Donor Wall
Michael at Donor Wall
About Maitri's Major Donor Wall: Prominently displayed at our main entry staircase, Maitri's Major Donor Wall acknowledges and honors our supporters who have cumulatively donated $10,000 or more to Maitri's program. Support levels range from Warming Sunlight (starting at $10,000) to the Steadfast Assurance level donors who have each given more than $500,000 cumulatively. The wall is a permanent display that is updated annually to add new major donors and to reflect the increasing giving levels of longtime generous donors.

Maitri's Newest Volunteers

Fall Volunteer Training Class
Fall Volunteer Training Class

August volunteer training class was a huge success. Maitri welcomed 10 brand new volunteers into our home following a weekend of instruction and bonding. We are so very grateful for all of Maitri's volunteers who - along with our direct care staff - are the foundation of the compassionate care we deliver to our residents. We welcome our new volunteers to the Maitri family.

Maitri's New Roof and Central Air Conditioning/Heating Nearing Completion

No more meandering around strategically placed buckets in our hallway catching rain drops! We are pleased to announce that all the work on our roof will be completed within the next few weeks, by mid-October. What a lovely gift for our staff and residents as Maitri approaches our 30 th, anniversary!
HVAC Installation 1
HVAC Installation 2 

Volunteer Update

Volunteers are at the heart and soul of Maitri.  We are so thankful for volunteers that assist our residents and bring cheer to our community.

Volunteers help with all facets of life at Maitri, including taking residents on outings and to medical appointments, sitting with ill or dying residents, helping with administrative projects or fundraising events, and volunteering in our community garden.

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

Our next volunteer training class:  Friday, November 4 - Sunday, November 6, so don't delay. 

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Maitri_s Wonderful Kitchen Staff
Maitri's Wonderful Kitchen Staff

Maitri's kitchen staff is in need of the items listed below. If you would like to donate, please contact Ann Kong, Food Services Director, akong@maitrisf.org.
  1. Old and new bath towels
  2. Potholders
  3. Oven mitts
  4. Dishtowels
  5. Aprons

Mark Your Calendar! Our Holiday Open House will take place on Saturday, December 17, 2 pm to 5 pm. 
Please mark this on your calendar and be sure to stop by Maitri for lots of fun and seasonal treats.

Academy Awards Night Gala _2-26-2017
Academy Awards Night Gala 2-26-2017

2017 Academy of Friends Oscar Gala

Maitri is excited to be selected again as a beneficiary for the 2017 Academy of Friends Oscar Gala. Academy of Friends have donated a cumulative total of more than  $209,000 since 1997 to Maitri. This 20-year partnership has been beneficial in helping those who need us the most get the medical care they need to stabilize or transistion with dignity and love. The gala is on February 26, 2017 at a location yet to be determined. For more information, please go to  http://www.academyoffriends.org