Have the time of your life at Maitri’s September Soirée
Celebrating the Superstar 70’s era!
Mingle with old friends and new, partake of delectable offerings and magical melodies. Join us to honor the power of philanthropy and celebrate the courage and resilience of those we serve...
Dress Code: Your 70’s best
Date: Saturday, September 7, 2019, 6.30 pm onwards
Venue: Computer History Museum
Maitri was started in 1991, in response to a growing need from the South Asian community in the San Francisco Bay Area for culturally and linguistically appropriate services for survivors of domestic violence and abuse. We began as a phone line in our founder’s kitchen, and linked survivors in need to shelter, legal, medical, psychological, financial, and employment related mainstream services. In the initial years, we trained a dedicated group of volunteers from the South Asian community to provide peer counseling and emotional support to those who called us for help.
What started 28 years ago as a compassionate response to a handful of survivors has today blossomed into a strong movement that engages South Asians and other community members to join forces and help eradicate this problem from our community, once and for all.
Our helpline has received nearly 50,000 calls and over 4,700 survivors have benefitted through our personalized program services that include robust legal, transitional housing, economic empowerment, and crisis support, delivered in more than 12 languages. Through our extensive outreach and prevention efforts, we have been able to provide education, training, and understanding of cultural competency as pertains to domestic violence, to our community, law enforcement, and other mainstream agencies. Our innovative Maitri Boutique opened in 2014 selling donated new and gently used party wear to support our economic empowerment program and is a unique platform for outreach.
Through these services, we are able to walk with our clients on a transformative journey from trauma to economic self-sufficiency and emotional wellbeing for themselves and their children. Our new focus on Prevention helps prevent and break the cycle of abuse by aiming to shift socio-cultural norms around gender equity and healthy relationships, through community education, engaging men as allies in the movement against violence, and engaging and educating youth on healthy relationships.
The best way to sum up our impact is through the words of a client: “Looking back at how far I have come, I am amazed, and it would not have been possible without the support of Maitri. It’s wonderful to realize how the organization's help can bring positive change in a woman’s life. I have decided to help people with whatever I can in my life. My humble regards to the entire MAITRI team."
Be part of our story - we seek your support and help to accelerate our progress towards achieving safety, self-empowerment and dignity for our survivors, and creating a safe community.