Community Development Feature: Compassionate Care for People with HIV and Chronic Illnesses
As we recognize World AIDS Day on December 1, the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) is proud to fund Maitri Compassionate Care’s program that provides residential care for people living with AIDS. Through MOHCD’s support, Maitri is able to house 48 clients and provide them with three meals daily, 24-hour nursing care, activities to promote community and well-being, and social work support to keep individuals connected to community providers.
A lifelong artist and wanderer, Geary, came to Maitri 18 months ago and knew this was where he belonged. He needed a place to rest and focus on himself in order to stabilize his health after a debilitating heart attack. As he explains, “I can’t imagine a better place to be. Maitri is a good place to settle in and heal.”
During his time with Maitri, Geary has been getting healthier. Though he might not admit it, he has gained weight which has helped to stabilize his health, and he’s gotten stronger every day. This has enabled Geary to refocus his energy, create art, and blossom. He has been enthusiastic about Maitri’s weekly art classes and has been creating custom model airplanes and other projects.
With support from MOHCD, Maitri is able to provide people with HIV and chronic illnesses the support and compassionate care they need to get stronger and have a second chance at a full and independent life. Learn more at maitrisf.org