Michael Sorensen Departure

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June 15, 2017
Michael Sorensen Departure

San Francisco’s Maitri Compassionate Care has announced the resignation of Executive Director Michael Sorensen. Sorensen joined Maitri on December 19, 2016 after a nationwide search, but resigned for personal reasons.

Sorensen spearheaded a successful campaign for Maitri’s Bliss 2017 Gala at The Presidio Golden Gate Club, which grossed over $245,000. The sold-out event was the most successful gala in the organization’s history. Ambassador James Hormel and Michael Nguyen made a $20,000 matching challenge, and the Bliss crowd raised $28,000, exceeding the match by $8,000, for a total donation of $48,000. A number of former sponsors returned this year, including Chevron and Gilead.

Sorensen will have completed the successful negotiation of Maitri’s two main government contracts before his departure, which account for nearly $1.7 million of the agency’s $2.9 million budget and will span a minimum of three years. Almost ten years have passed since these contracts have been sent out for bid; they will help ensure that Maitri can make hospice and respite care available to those disabled by AIDS.

“I would like to acknowledge Michael for the contributions he has made as Maitri’s Executive Director, culminating in a very successful Bliss annual gala in May,” stated Board chair Michael Niemeyer. “I wish Michael all the best in his future endeavors.” Maitri will appoint an interim Executive Director by June 16th to assure a seamless transition, as the Board embarks on a search for a permanent replacement. The Board will announce this appointment in a separate communication.

“As we celebrate Maitri’s 31st year of providing excellent compassionate care to some of our most vulnerable, I will be working closely with the Board and Staff to effect a smooth transition,” said Niemeyer.

The highest levels of residential care services and patient care that Maitri provides will remain unaffected. About Maitri: In 1987, a Zen monk named Issan Dorsey opened the Hartford Street Zen Center to care for a student dying of AIDS, establishing the beginnings of Maitri. Ten years later, Maitri moved into a 15-bed facility with a home-like setting designed to accommodate the special needs of people living with HIV/AIDS who required hospice care.

Today, Maitri is a non-sectarian facility that continues to provide 24-hour care to very low income men and women with advanced AIDS needing hospice or short-term medical stabilization. Maitri has served more than 1,200 residents since opening its doors in 1987, most of whom experienced Maitri as their final home.

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