Letter from Board Chair Mike Niemeyer

Dear Maitri Community,

Another season comes upon us at Maitri. The fog rolls in, vacations finally creep up on the calendar, and the rumble of MUNI continues apace. We meet people who are resilient, creative, and all-out funny, and sometimes they depart much too soon. Through it all, Maitri and its incredible staff continues its work on behalf of some of our most vulnerable.

Michael Smithwick came back to us with his prodigious talents for operations, finance, and organizational development. I want to personally thank Michael for the gift that he has given Maitri when he really just wanted to sink into a well-deserved retirement. Thank you, Michael -- you may head South to Palm Springs now, but I can't promise I won't call you for advice and thought-partnering.

Walter Parsley retired from the Board this month after 17 years of service. Walter's candor, adroit thinking, and intense love for the mission of Maitri will be missed. His shoes will be huge to fill and I extend the invitation to all who love Maitri to consider Board service.

Finally, I would like to join in the welcome of Rusty Smith as our new Executive Director. We are very excited to have him on board.


Mike Niemeyer
Maitri Board Chair
News from Ray Lapointe, Board Member
I am very excited to announce that Rusty Smith has accepted the position of Executive Director of Maitri Compassionate Care. Rusty Smith’s first day is today, July 8, 2019. 

As Head of the Search Committee, I want to thank the Staff, Board and others who contributed to the project of articulating the essential qualities we needed in our new Executive Director, prioritizing strong leadership and business acumen seasoned with lots of experience. Rusty brings 30 years of executive management experience, visionary leadership, and a lifelong passion for working for equality, human rights and social justice. After screening and interviewing many well qualified candidates, we are extremely fortunate that Rusty Smith and Maitri have found each other.  

Rusty Smith is currently an Executive Director with the American Diabetes Association (California, Nevada and Hawaii). He was the Executive Director/CEO of St. Martin’s Hospitality Center (providing hope to those experiencing homelessness) in New Mexico where he managed a staff of 110, including 9 Directors. Under Rusty Smith’s leadership, St. Martin’s was awarded the New Mexico Entrepreneurial, Innovative Award of the year in 2015 and was awarded Non-profit of the Year in 2015. 

Rusty is a graduate of Loyola University, New Orleans and also attended St. Mary’s University Seminary/Anglican Institute. Rusty is an Anglican priest, and married to his husband, Scott. 

Please help welcome Rusty Smith and his family to Maitri and thank you for your continued friendship and commitment to Maitri. 

Ray Lapointe
Board Member
Head of Executive Director Search Committee
From the Desk of our New Executive Director
I am so grateful for the opportunity to join the dedicated and devoted staff, volunteers and donors of Maitri in our life changing mission, “No one should have to suffer or die alone.”  I am humbled at what has been accomplished and achieved by this exceptional organization. I am excited at the opportunities and possibilities of who we can become as we seek to continue our legacy of offering compassionate care and friendship for those in our community facing critical health challenges at the end of their lives.

I come from a diverse non-profit background that spans over 30 years with a primary focus on serving those who find themselves on the margins of our society; Lesbian/Gay/Bi-sexual/Transgender, people living with HIV/AIDS, End of Life, Health Equity/Chronic Illness, Inmates/Post Incarceration, Mental Health and Homelessness and my ongoing fight for full human equality for all. I am an openly gay Anglican priest with a background in liberation theology, philosophy and business. I am married to my husband and best friend, Scott, as we attempt to parent our willful and furry black standard poodle, Oreo.

Why have I come to Maitri? When I walked through the doors of Maitri for the first time I knew that I wanted to be a part of this mission and this amazing group of staff, volunteers and guests. The atmosphere and impact of compassionate friendship greets you as you enter and you cannot escape the thankful voices of guests and their families;

“Thank you for being with my son in his last hours.” 
“Thank you for helping my friend feel at home.”
 “We will never forget how wonderful you all were.”  
“The people at Maitri are very special.”
“I will always be grateful.” 

I feel privileged and grateful to be joining the Maitri family.

With deep gratitude and compassionate friendship,

Rev. Rusty Smith 
Maitri Executive Director, as of July 8, 2019
Thank You for Making Bliss 2019 a Success!
Our 2019 Bliss Gala was a wonderful evening that brought together our compassionate community for an evening filled with exciting auctions, sumptuous food, and a heartfelt performance by longtime friend of Maitri, Paula West.

It was a delightful evening filled with friends coming together and honoring our residents. We capped the evening with a moving testimony from a Maitri resident and one of our strongest “Fund a Need”s where the community came together to support our programming and residents. 

Stay tuned for details on Bliss 2020! It's an event you won't want to miss!
May Graduates
A HUGE thank you to everyone for the compassion, care, and support offered to our residents this year!

On May 30, we held a celebration for five residents who were "graduating" from Maitri after meeting their treatment goals and have moved on to living independently!

The face of Maitri is changing. Nearly 50% of our residents last year were stabilized with compassionate care and are now living the rest of their lives on their terms.

We're so happy to add another 5 people to our growing list of graduates!
Annual Report and Financials
Thank You to our Fiscal Year 2018 Donors!
(7/1/2017 to 6/30/2018)
Transcendent Grace ($25,000 to $49,999)
Mimi and Peter Haas Fund
Sutter Health, CPMC
Maitri Foundation
Warming Sunlight ($10,000 - $24,999)
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
The Richard Grand Foundation
The Dorian Fund
Grass Roots Gay Rights West/ Real Bad
Dr. Winston C. Vaughan, MD and Jeffrey Sallot
Gentle Breeze ($1,000 to $9,999)
Raja S. D. Antony 
William J. Aseltyne 
Walter Bowman 
Karl Christiansen 
Costco Wholesale
Danford Foundation
Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
Lindsay Faeder 
Veronica Gibson 
Anne Gimbel and Noel Gimbel
Susan (Carmela) Gold 
Paul R. Grippardi and Kevin Bentley
Byron Hancock, CFP and Len Handeland
Kirsten Havrehed 
James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen 
Robert Kahn and David Valentine
Michael Kalla 
Jim King 
George A. Labella Jr. 
Likeminded Communities
Stuart McIntee 
Peter Monti
Bill Musick
Walter Parsley
David Ralston 
Safeway, Inc.
Mark A. Silva and Teddy D. Bolivar
Robert M. Simpson 
Michael Smithwick and Jerry Wilder
Sterling Bank & Trust / Seligman
The Green Cross
Wells Fargo Foundation
Douglas Will and Jet Villaavicencio
Marjorie and Fred Wilson
Robert Yee and Shirley Lee
Jonathan & Kathleen Altman Foundation
Allan Berenstein 
Chevron Texaco
Community Thrift Store
Dan Kelly Construction, Inc.
Dr. Tin Do 
David Faeder 
Fitness SF
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Jordan Gimbel 
Judson Gregory 
Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Chris Harris and Dr. Sally Hand
James Henry 
Lewis D. Houden 
Kaiser Permanente
Daniel Killar and Andrew Zimmerman
Max C. Kirkeberg and Gabriel Proo
Ray Lapointe and Matthew Reedy
Lee Magner 
Mission Bay Conference Ctr at UCSF 
Clare M. Murphy 
Michael Niemeyer and Lucky Manuel 
SPARC (SF Patient & Resource Ctr)
RPX Corporation
Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence 
Diane Speidelli 
Barry Tereshkow and Andrew McConnell
James H. Wang and Tim Patriarca
Sandra and Michael Whittle
Patrick Williams 
Jane Wong-Smith and Nicholas Smith
Refreshing Rain ($250 to $999)
Stephen H. Adams 
Douglas P. Amarelo 
Marvin Anderson 
Emi Ashida 
Barbary Insurance Brokerage
Jerry Bercerra 
Jerime Black 
Paul Bollwinkel 
Elizabeth, Rand, and Blake Brandes 
Eugene S. Cash 
Karl Christensen 
Bill Creighton 
Jacob Donham and Katherine Hodge
Thomas Dumas 
Nadr Essabhoy 
Amie Fishman 
Michael S. Furlow 
Robert Glenn 
Len Handeland 
Leslie Hatch-Wong and Douglas Hatch
A. Hamilton Holt 
Pamela Jackson 
Luther Joyner 
Kirk Kleinschmidt 
Kutrina Lawrence 
Ellen Lee 
Harriet Lehmann 
Local Independent Charities
Troy MacFarland 
Gregory Marks 
Stedman Matthew 
Jon N. McFadgen 
Gavin Middleton 
Michelle Mongan 
Alan Morcos 
MSM Inc.
George Naylor 
Neal Niemeyer 
Richard Okiuye 
Edward R. Patton 
John Renke 
Rainen Robbie 
Joe Rudy 
Peter Scott 
Helga I. Sigvaldadottir and Lexi Leban
Michael Sporn 
St. Francis Lutheran Church 
Mary Ternes 
The Castro Animal Hospital
David Tian 
Varnhagen Family Trust
Therese Vogel 
Kumar Vora 
Peter Wohlfeiler 
Ellen Woo 
Jonathan Zimman and Glenn Roberts
Amazonsmile Foundation 
Brett Andrews 
Joaquin Castillo Arana 
James Bair 
Benevity Community Impact Fund 
Aaron B. Binkley 
Frances Blau 
John Bosque 
Sarah Cadwallader 
Jimmer Cassiol 
Robert Craig 
Javier Davila 
John H. Douglas 
Valerie Erickson 
John Faricy 
Thomas Given 
Gobha Clothing
Lauri Hart 
REAF- Richard/Ermet Aid Foundation
IBM Employee Services Center 
Samuel Jackson
Scott Keech 
Sarah Large 
Abbot Leban 
Mike Lee 
Dr. Ruth Linden and Alexandra Alznauer
Jeffrey and Eileen Loustau
Kermit Malave 
Harry Martin 
Michael McDonald 
Jennifer Meyer 
Kenneth J. Mills M.D. 
Eric Moore 
Steven Morton 
Cecil Myers 
Network for Good 
Bonnie Odell 
Mark Paskvan 
Thomas Raffin 
Curt and Mary Elizabeth Ries
June Rose 
Amor Santiago 
Miguel Sesana 
Bill Snell 
Dewey Spradlin 
Edward Enno Steinforth 
Rayner Ternick 
Randy L. Thueme
Lance Toma 
John Vlahides 
Brian M. Von Reber 
John B. Wilson 
Stephanie Wong and Michael McKeever
Tom Yaussy 
Brian Zywiciel 
Cooling Fog ($100 to $249)
Sharon Segal Abelson 
Stephany Ashley 
Roderick Baldwin 
Brad Blackwell 
Fratelli Bologna
Stephen Botte 
Charles Brown 
Robert and Kathryn Bunger 
Grendel Burrell 
Michael J. Carney 
Joanne Chadwick 
Terry Clark 
Sara Jane Corda 
Edward De Avila Ph.D. 
Neil Doherty 
Luzia Ebnoether 
Donald Fox 
Mr Arturo Fuentes 
Beth Goldstein 
Robin Hall 
G. William Haskell and Robert L. Gordon
Jenna Howell 
Katherine Jenkins 
Sandy Kain 
Arthur Kontura 
Sola Leban 
Mark Leno
Stella Lim 
Bruce Lundquist 
Jeffrey A. Lyttle 
Jeffrey Malkasian and Steven Masters
Francis J. Masson Jr. 
David Mccrory 
Robert Miller 
Steven S. Muchnick, PhD. and Eric Milliren
Veronica Ng 
Chris Arlen Perry 
Larry Pulliam 
Restaurant Group, Inc.
Mark Roh and Alfredo Paz
Ron Schaer 
Dr. Karyn Skultety 
Matthew Spinelli 
Darryl Starks 
Ted Stroll 
John Swayze 
Laurie Farrow Tyree and John Tyree
Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign 
Tajalei Willard 
Shuaky Xiong 
Your Cause
Carlo V. Abruzzese 
Mercedes Azcarate 
Michael Bankert 
Jessica Bloome 
Brian Bott 
Patti Breitman 
Sandy Brychta 
Thomas Burke and Axel Brunger
Sallyanne Campbell 
Dr. Victor Carrion 
Christopher Childs 
Kim Coates 
Pierre Crouch 
Pieta Dixon 
Will Dunne 
Fred Fanchaly 
Robert and Ruth Freis 
Noel Gimbel 
Joseph P. Grubb 
David Halsing 
Paul Haugen 
Stephen S. Huey 
Susan Jue 
Ann Kong 
Edric Kwan 
Olson Lee 
Caroline Lieberman 
Alex Lukachova 
Kiera Lynch 
Jason Macario and Steve Holst
Michael J. Martin and Jeannee Parker-Martin
Raymond McCabe 
George Metzger 
Arthur M. Morris, III and Michael Hiller
Lee Newman 
Michael Nickoloff 
Jeff Patterson 
Frederick Preyer 
Glenn H. Reid and Frank Lanier
Sam Rodriguez 
Joseph Saccone, Jr. and Jacques C. Goddard
Pamela W. Sebastian 
Almena Smith 
Brian Springfield 
John W. Stewart 
George Sugarman 
Linda Walubengo 
Tabriana Willard 
Nancy C. andMichael J. Wright
Andy Yin 
Andrew Zimmerman and Daniel Killar
Healthy Seedling ($1 to $99)
Anne Abramowitz 
Theodore Aiden Jr 
Silvia Ambreys 
Werner G. Bachmann 
Mr. Teng-How Bae 
Diane Biasatti 
Athanasios Broers 
Mary Bunger 
Pablo Candelaria 
Steve and Robin Cavagnolo
Victoria Chen 
Clos Du Val Winery
Pamela and Larry Dannenberg
Lewis DeSimone 
Lynne Eggers 
Bonnie Faigeles and Sean Hoyer
Ronald E. Fritz 
Raymond and Linda Gehrke 
Belcher Studios Gallery
Patricia A. Gray 
Michelle and Eric Halsing
Hal Hershey 
Steve Horn 
Marilyn Jackson 
Jean T. Johnson and Edward Egenias
Marcus Jung 
Gary and Ilene Katz
Carolyn B. Kellogg 
F. Ronald Laupheimer 
Barbara A. Lee 
Lanz Lowen and Blake Spears
Jennifer L Machlin 
Emily Mariko-Sanders 
Carse McDaniel 
Roberta McLaughlin
Bernard Merrill 
Paul J. Mustopich 
Rev. Laura Ousset and Chas Lewis
John Pollard 
Edna and James Ribero
Ian Roberson 
Kathryn Runcie 
Daniel Sauro and William O'Donnell
Jeff and Francesca Schaper 
Thad Shaffer and Gordon Surface
Darlene Smigla 
Carrie Stouffer 
TD Ameritrade 
Catherine Vo 
Gary V. West 
Martha Ann and Sanford Wishnev 
Jacques Achsen 
Ben Allison 
Dr. Jay Bachicha 
Dennis Bacigalupi 
Susan Baldwin and Adam Levy
John & Donna Boccadori 
Dorothy Brown 
Dr. James Campbell, M.D. 
Debra Capitan 
Joseph D. Chance 
Daniel Choi 
Jeanette R. Cool and Georges S. Lammam
Gary W. Davis 
John A. and Kathleen C. Dyblie 
Ronald R. Eisner, M.D. 
Donald Farrow 
Inge Frohn 
Giving Assistant 
Soledad Gomez 
Michael Hackett 
Maxine Heiliger 
Beverly Joan Hines 
James Howley and Anthony Augimeri
Dorothy J. Johnson 
Adrienne Jonas 
Cydney and William Kats
Richard Kay 
Anita Kline 
John and Barbara Lear
Frank Leykamm 
Lynn Luckow 
Mary Magee 
Mari's Books 
Michael E. McKeever
David E. Meders 
Lou Briasco
Rod J. Ocmond 
Bradley Peterson 
Marissa Quaranta and Rachel Drolet
Thomas and Cheryl Rice
Mildred Daugherty Rogers 
Lynne Sandy 
Mary Jo Schaeffer 
Victoria Seid 
Sean C. Sherrard 
Michael Sorensen 
Paula Sugarman 
Iris Vaughan 
Mary Anne Voss 
Patricia Whaley 
Gary Wong 
Other Ways You Can Help
Community Thrift Store

When donating items, be sure to mention Maitri and we'll get a portion of the proceeds. In 2018, donations totaled more than $2,000 for Maitri programs!
Amazon Smile

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Cole Hardware

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