Check out the latest Winter 2015 NEWSLETTER 


Welcome, Rusty!

Residents, Staff, Board Members, and Volunteers enjoy one of Chef Anne’s delicious lunches as we warmly welcome Rusty Smith to his first day as Maitri’s new Executive Director

Paula West to headline Bliss on 5/5

Beloved vocalist and once called “the finest jazz cabaret singer around”, Paula West will be our featured entertainer for the evening, serenading guests with a heartfelt performance sure to delight.  The New York Times dubbed her “a swinging pop-jazz sophisticate in the tradition of Lena Horne and Carmen McRae.” Paula West adds drama and depth to every song…

Save the Date for BLISS 2019

Sunday May 5, 2019, 4PM-8PM Celebrate Maitri with sumptuous food, delightful music, and a fun evening with compassionate friends. BLISS provides vital funding to help underprivileged people with advanced AIDS in need of hospice or 24-hour respite care. To host a table or sponsor this event, contact Tomas at

“Maitri is like sitting on a lotus flower, which to me, is very warm, beautiful and compassionate.”

SorritaSmBefore arriving at Maitri, Sorrita had been living in San Francisco for almost 28 years, and was homeless for many of those years. She was a heroin addict, finding shelter and lodging where she could until her health began to deteriorate. “My heroin addiction kept me on the streets, and I had no place to call home,” says Sorrita.

When Sorrita was diagnosed with advanced AIDS, the Nurse Practitioner from the Methadone Clinic, told her about Maitri. “She said Maitri is a hospice, but that it also provides medical stabilization for people like me She said it was a place I could get the care I needed to get back on my feet and keep living. Maitri has been very supportive, and I am so happy to say I am now stronger and looking forward to being independent again.” At Maitri, we are giving Sorrita— – who spent so many years on the streets— – the compassionate care she so desperately needs.

“Maitri is like sitting on a lotus flower, which to me is very warm, beautiful, and compassionate,” says Sorrita. “The services at Maitri are first class, and I am truly grateful for all the love and compassion I have received since I have been here. I feel whole once again and excited to resume my life with a positive spirit and renewed health.”

Join us in giving others like Sorrita, who bravely face a life and death struggle with late-stage AIDS, a   second chance at a full and independent life. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today to support Maitri’s good work for both our hospice and medical respite residents.

Maitri has faced increased demand for our services this year, making your gift all the more critical—and impactful. Thank you so much for your generosity and for remembering Maitri’s residents during the holidays.


Michael Smithwick

Executive Director

P.S. Maitri Compassionate Care is a 501(c)3 organization. Please consider making your donation before December 31 for 2015 tax deductibility purposes.