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.
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.
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!
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
Warming Sunlight ($10,000 - $24,999)
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
The Richard Grand Foundation
MAC AIDS Fund
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
Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation
Anne Gimbel and Noel Gimbel
Susan (Carmela) Gold
Paul R. Grippardi and Kevin Bentley
Byron Hancock, CFP and Len Handeland
James C. Hormel and Michael P. Nguyen
Robert Kahn and David Valentine
George A. Labella Jr.
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
Community Thrift Store
Dan Kelly Construction, Inc.
Dr. Tin Do
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Walter and Elise Haas Fund
Chris Harris and Dr. Sally Hand
Lewis D. Houden
Daniel Killar and Andrew Zimmerman
Max C. Kirkeberg and Gabriel Proo
Ray Lapointe and Matthew Reedy
Mission Bay Conference Ctr at UCSF
Clare M. Murphy
Michael Niemeyer and Lucky Manuel
SPARC (SF Patient & Resource Ctr)
Silva Watson Moonwalk Fund
Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Barry Tereshkow and Andrew McConnell
James H. Wang and Tim Patriarca
Sandra and Michael Whittle
Jane Wong-Smith and Nicholas Smith
Refreshing Rain ($250 to $999)
Stephen H. Adams
Douglas P. Amarelo
Barbary Insurance Brokerage
Elizabeth, Rand, and Blake Brandes
Eugene S. Cash
Jacob Donham and Katherine Hodge
Michael S. Furlow
Leslie Hatch-Wong and Douglas Hatch
A. Hamilton Holt
Local Independent Charities
Jon N. McFadgen
Edward R. Patton
Helga I. Sigvaldadottir and Lexi Leban
St. Francis Lutheran Church
The Castro Animal Hospital
Varnhagen Family Trust
Jonathan Zimman and Glenn Roberts
Joaquin Castillo Arana
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Aaron B. Binkley
John H. Douglas
REAF- Richard/Ermet Aid Foundation
IBM Employee Services Center
Dr. Ruth Linden and Alexandra Alznauer
Jeffrey and Eileen Loustau
Kenneth J. Mills M.D.
Network for Good
Curt and Mary Elizabeth Ries
Edward Enno Steinforth
Randy L. Thueme
Brian M. Von Reber
John B. Wilson
Stephanie Wong and Michael McKeever
Cooling Fog ($100 to $249)
Sharon Segal Abelson
Robert and Kathryn Bunger
Michael J. Carney
Sara Jane Corda
Edward De Avila Ph.D.
Mr Arturo Fuentes
G. William Haskell and Robert L. Gordon
Jeffrey A. Lyttle
Jeffrey Malkasian and Steven Masters
Francis J. Masson Jr.
Steven S. Muchnick, PhD. and Eric Milliren
Chris Arlen Perry
Restaurant Group, Inc.
Mark Roh and Alfredo Paz
Dr. Karyn Skultety
Laurie Farrow Tyree and John Tyree
Wells Fargo Community Support Campaign
Carlo V. Abruzzese
Thomas Burke and Axel Brunger
Dr. Victor Carrion
Robert and Ruth Freis
Joseph P. Grubb
Stephen S. Huey
Jason Macario and Steve Holst
Michael J. Martin and Jeannee Parker-Martin
Arthur M. Morris, III and Michael Hiller
Glenn H. Reid and Frank Lanier
Joseph Saccone, Jr. and Jacques C. Goddard
Pamela W. Sebastian
John W. Stewart
Nancy C. andMichael J. Wright
Andrew Zimmerman and Daniel Killar
Healthy Seedling ($1 to $99)
Theodore Aiden Jr
Werner G. Bachmann
Mr. Teng-How Bae
Steve and Robin Cavagnolo
Clos Du Val Winery
Pamela and Larry Dannenberg
Bonnie Faigeles and Sean Hoyer
Ronald E. Fritz
Raymond and Linda Gehrke
Belcher Studios Gallery
Patricia A. Gray
Michelle and Eric Halsing
Jean T. Johnson and Edward Egenias
Gary and Ilene Katz
Carolyn B. Kellogg
F. Ronald Laupheimer
Barbara A. Lee
Lanz Lowen and Blake Spears
Jennifer L Machlin
Paul J. Mustopich
Rev. Laura Ousset and Chas Lewis
Edna and James Ribero
Daniel Sauro and William O'Donnell
Jeff and Francesca Schaper
Thad Shaffer and Gordon Surface
Gary V. West
Martha Ann and Sanford Wishnev
Dr. Jay Bachicha
Susan Baldwin and Adam Levy
John & Donna Boccadori
Dr. James Campbell, M.D.
Joseph D. Chance
Jeanette R. Cool and Georges S. Lammam
Gary W. Davis
John A. and Kathleen C. Dyblie
Ronald R. Eisner, M.D.
Beverly Joan Hines
James Howley and Anthony Augimeri
Dorothy J. Johnson
Cydney and William Kats
John and Barbara Lear
Michael E. McKeever
David E. Meders
Rod J. Ocmond
Marissa Quaranta and Rachel Drolet
Thomas and Cheryl Rice
Mildred Daugherty Rogers
Mary Jo Schaeffer
Sean C. Sherrard
Mary Anne Voss
Community Thrift Store
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