Michael Smithwick
From the desk of our  
Executive Director

Summer has arrived at Maitri-yet again-as we celebrate longer days and an occasional fleeting heat wave which reminds us what season it actually is. This summer at Maitri, however, is different. As I write, workers are on our roof removing the old tar-and-gravel surface to be replaced with a brand new roofing material. No more meandering around strategically placed buckets in our hallways catching rain drops! Moreover, once the new roof is in place, our brand new HVAC system will be installed in July, with state-of-the-art filtration and much-anticipated AIR CONDITIONING for the first time in Maitri's history.
We're so grateful to the Mayor's Office on Housing and YOU, our most generous donors, who dug deep at BLISS to provide additional funding for these major - and much needed - building upgrades. We are humbled by such an outpouring of generosity. As a result, our comfortable home will be even more so very shortly!
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.

Board Spotlight
Board Spotlight

In this issue's Board Spotlight we honor exiting Maitri Board President, Walter Parsley, and welcome returning Board President, Mike Niemeyer. 

Walter Parsley has generously served as a volunteer on Maitri's Board of Directors for almost 15 years, helping to guide the organization through unprecedented change.  We are especially grateful for Walter agreeing to serve in the key leadership role as Maitri's Board President for the last 3 years. Previous Board President, Mike Niemeyer, agreed to step back into his prior role effective June 1. We are thrilled to have Mike back at the helm and thank Walter for his extraordinary service. We are especially grateful that Walter has agreed to remain an active Maitri board member. 
Former Maitri Board President,  Walter Parsley

"It has been an honor to lead the Board of Directors for the last three years and I know that Maitri will be in excellent hands with Michael Niemeyer, going forward. Having been on the Maitri Board for almost 15 years, I have worked with many dedicated individuals, providing compassionate care to indigent and low-income people living with, and dying from, HIV. Maitri is a unique institution in San Francisco, and it has been my privilege to be involved with it for so long." -Walter Parsley
"I am pleased to have been elected in May as Maitri's Board President." "I want to first thank my predecessor, Walter Parsley, whose term has just concluded. Walter served ably in this role for 3 years and has been instrumental in working on the key initiatives that buttress Maitri's current time of financial and operational strength.

During my 10 years associated with Maitri (as a direct service volunteer, development committee member, and 7-year service on the Board inclusive of a prior term as President), I have seen Maitri grow and evolve.  In the midst of this evolution, the care and compassion remain pillars of what we do, and I remain, above all, in awe of the caregivers at the bedside of our vulnerable residents.
I focus on the future of this exemplary service as I begin my Board Presidency."

The Board is finishing up a year-long strategic planning process this July.  As we embark upon the implementation phase of the strategic plan, I look forward to your thoughts and input as we ensure that Maitri remains a financially viable, unique, mission-driven place of care.  Thanks to all of you for supporting this special organization, and please keep the communication and ideas flowing." -Michael Niemeyer

New Maitri Board President,
Mike Niemeyer

New Maitri Board Secretary,  Jim King
In further board news, long-time Maitri board member, Jim King, was appointed Board Secretary replacing Mike Niemeyer in that role. We so appreciate ALL of our current Maitri board members, who give so generously of their time, talent and resources:
  • Mike Niemeyer-President
  • Chris Harris-Vice President
  • Jim King-Secretary
  • Kevin Wewerka-Treasurer
  • Pierre-Cedric Crouch
  • Walter Parsley
  • Christina Raymond
  • Jill Stockwell
  • Mark Wallace

Resident Spotlight 
Former resident, Michael, just prior to his return to
independent living.

Resident Michael arrived at Maitri in October 2015 in very bad physical condition. His health was deteriorating and he had lost over 60 lbs. He had severe medical conditions that were stabilized by the nursing team upon his arrival. Michael was counseled by our nutritionist and food services director and his weight went from 135 lbs. to 194 lbs. Michael was stabilized over the past six months and on May 15, 2016, he was released from Maitri into permanent housing at Richard M Cohen residence with the help of our Social Case Management team. Michael said,  "Maitri saved my life and the food was just awesome. I would be dead if Maitri had not helped me to gain my weight back and get my medical situation stabilized." The food and nutrition program at Maitri provides 3 home-cooked meals a day to our residents catered to their individual needs.

Michael's Words on Video

New Faces at Maitri
New Faces at Maitri
Both Albert and David are former employees returning to Maitri.
Welcome back, guys!
Albert Tan, CNA

David Sedalnick, Cook

BLISS 2016
As a result of the sponsors, supporters and donors, Bliss 2016 (held the first of May) as Maitri's most successful fundraiser in our 29-year history. We raised $114,000 (net of all costs) to benefit our resident programs and facility. Comedian Leslie Jordan hosted the event and performances by Andre Morgan, Branice McKenzie, Man Dance and Centrifrugal Forces highlighted a wonderful show. Board Member Christina Raymond was the Development Chair and the event was held at Misson Bay Conference Center-UCSF under the management of Board Member Mark Wallace. The attendance at Bliss 2016 was one of the highest ever and the atmosphere was full of love, as always. Here are some of the pics taken at Bliss 2016:

Jazz Vocalist Branice McKenzie
Jazz Vocalist Branice McKenzie
Darryl_ Michael and Jerry
Darryl, Michael and Jerry
Lino_ Walter_ Shawn and Christina
Lino, Walter, Shawn and Christina

Taiko Drummers
Taiko Drummers welcoming our guests.
Guitarist Andre Morgan
Guitarist Andre Morgan
Maitri BLISS 2016 Video

Academy of Friends

Maitri was a grateful beneficiary of the Academy of Friends 2016 Oscar Gala. Academy of Friends gave Maitri $8,800, on May 19th, and total cumulative of $209,000 since 1997. Thank you to the Academy of Friends for selecting Maitri as a beneficiary and to the Bridgemen and volunteer John Campbell for all their hard work on behalf of Maitri at this wonderful gala.

Beth giving $8,800 check to Michael
Michael giving acceptance speech

Comedian Leslie Jordan visits Maitri and Shows Love to the
Residents and Staff.

Mary Ann, resident and Leslie Jordan

Leslie Jordan and resident

Leslie Jordan and residents

LGBT Connect Volunteer Fair
Maitri was thrilled to participate in this amazing community volunteer recruitment event that took place on May 19th. Our Volunteer Coordinator, Madeleine Mulderrig, was present with a team of current Maitri Volunteers (Ben, Johannes, Tom, Paul and Eliza) to recruit new volunteers for Maitri Compassionate Care.  It was a beautiful day and fun event.  Maitri has garnered many excellent service volunteers from this event in the past, and this year was no exception.
Volunteers Paul and Tom
Madeleine with volunteers Ben
and Johannes
Volunteers Eliza and Paul

Wells Fargo Volunteer Recruitment Event

Wells Fargo's Annual  Volunteer Recruitment Event was held on Tuesday, June 7. Executive Director Michael Smithwick and Maitri volunteer Ray LaPointe attended on behalf of Maitri. Thank you to Wells Fargo and its employees for a wonderful opportunity.

Volunteer Ray Lapointe
Volunteer Ray Lapointe with
prospective volunteers

Oasis night club owner Heklina and Toni
Maitri Beneficiary at Oasis Nightclub

Oasis Nightclub and owner Heklina held a memorial service for Nikki Star on June 4th and raised $164 on behalf of Maitri. Thank you to Heklina and Oasis nightclub.

Special thank you to volunteers Tom, Paul, Carlos and staff Mary Ann for coming out to support Maitri.

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

Our next volunteer training class:  Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21, so don't delay. 

AIDS WALK San Francisco - July 17_ 2016
Please join Team Maitri on Sunday, July 17 for the San Francisco AIDS Walk. Our team is participating in the 30th annual AIDS Walk San Francisco, a 10k fundraising walk to fight the epidemic. To join Team Maitri or to donate to Team Maitri, please go to If you have any questions, please call Toni at (415)558-3003 or email .

Best of SF Dance Club Photo
Sterling Bank Presents:
Best of San Francisco Magazine
Thursday June 23rd, 2016,
Pier 27, 6-7pm VIP - $175, 7-11pm Main - $110

Maitri received the award for Best Care Services in the San Francisco area and is one of only two beneficiaries this year for the event.

San Francisco magazine is proud to celebrate another year of award-winning coverage of Bay Area lifestyle-from food, fashion, and culture to politics,  technology, and trendsetters. The Best of San Francisco magazine 2016 party combines food from top restaurants, drinks from premier spirits brand and wineries, amazing live entertainment, more than 2,000 stylishly dressed guests, and a silent auction and grand raffle, all benefiting beloved San Francisco charities, in conjunction with Sterling Bank. Now in its 16th year, the Best of San Francisco magazine 2016 party is a beloved event in the community and celebrates all of the winners. For a video f rom last year's event please visit:

Best of San Francisco magazine 2016 Party - 
Celebrate What Makes Life by the Bay so Grand
The Best of San Francisco magazine 2016 party brings to life the July 2016 "Best of" issue: the annual ultrasmart insider's guide to the year's newest and buzziest arrivals. Party the night away at Pier 27, San Francisco's brand new Cruise Terminal. Indulge in crave-worthy food and craze-worthy cocktails with a high-energy crowd of the city's most fabulous. Plates stay full and glasses stay filled, with bites from 40 of the area's hottest restaurants, wines from 20 of the top wineries, and 12 open bars. Get 20% off tickets with code MAITRI