Maitri is a free, confidential, nonprofit organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area that helps families and individuals from South Asia facing domestic violence, emotional abuse, cultural alienation, or family conflict.
Major apartment renovation and courtyard upgrade
In September 2022, we completed this project at no cost to Maitri thanks to the generous support from Essex Property Trust and our professional vendor network – in 2021, this project was fully-donated.
This time, we provided new kitchen cabinets, counters and appliances, updated the bathrooms, and upgraded plumbing. We also painted the entire interior and refreshed the courtyard with drought resistant plants and a freshly-painted fence.
“We are very grateful to HIF and its partners for renovating our unit and transforming our backyard. We approached Steve with a difficult deadline and they made sure that the project finished 15 days ahead of what we had imagined!
One particular day seemed like a Netflix show where they flip a house in a matter of hours with many contractors at one time in one place. HIF went out of their way to support our needs and their work was above and beyond. Every person that we interacted with through this renovation was willing, intentional, and understanding of the population we serve and the critical nature of our services.”
Tejeswi Pratima Dodda, Self-Sufficiency Coordinator at Maitri.
Corporate champion: Essex Property Trust
Essex Property Trust, our corporate sponsor, was led by the amazing Amy Aceves, CMS Project Manager. She and ten Essex employees volunteered to roll up their sleeves to paint, plant, and clean.
“The work that Maitri does is vitally important. Having grown up in a domestic violence household and experiencing it for myself firsthand, these types of programs are a lifeline for women in need. Our Essex group of volunteers were honored and moved to be part of this renovation project and to give back in some small way. I was in awe of the strength and compassion our team put forth. I’m proud to be part of a company that cares so deeply about the communities we serve and proud of our partnership with HIF.”
Amy Aceves, CMS Project Manager.
Professional and generous vendor network
The market value of this project was $40,694. This was money that Maitri did not have to spend on construction costs and could keep these funds in programs delivering services to clients.
G.A. Higgins Construction and IBI, Inc. were the lead contractors on this project and led with heart and soul and a team of professionals who sweated the details, beat the deadline, and produced professional results.
This project included support from Alliance Bath Reglazing, Amador Stone, APD Appliances, Babmar, BayPro Landscape Services, Ferguson Facilities Supply, G.A. Higgins Construction, IBI, Inc., MG Woodwork, Pacific Home Decor, and Sherwin Williams.
Together, these companies donated $39,762 of in-kind support, including labor, materials, appliances, and supplies.