Maitri Care Team


The Maitri Care team supports the Boulder Shambhala Center community by keeping a “thumb on the pulse” of societal well-being.  Part care and part advocacy, the team takes its name from the Sanskrit word for friendliness – “Maitri” – and connects with sangha members from a place of care and friendliness.  At times of transition and illness, remembering basic goodness, our intrinsic humanity, is key.


Support is often needed at times of financial and social disruptions.  The team can be in connection with members who might be severely ill, experience injury, suffer great loss, or be in emotional and/or psychological distress.  The team may interface with the Boulder Shambhala Kasung and/or Desung, or work with the Neighborhood Stewards, to be further aware of community members’ needs.

In addition, the Maitri Care Team would also like to mark major life events of community members such as marriage, birth, graduation, or loss.

How to connect with the Maitri Care Team?

The Maitri Care Team will help community members identify basic needs and access resources within the larger Front Range that they may not be able to access on their own.  We would love to hear from you.  You may reach out to us by clicking the link below:

Request Support HERE

How to offer your support:

Please consider being part of the Maitri Care Team. You can be involved by offering your support on an “as needed” basis by being part of a list of Community Care providers. Depending on your skills and resources, you may be able to support someone who needs help shopping, dog-walking, or with transportation during a temporary illness or life challenge. You can join the Maitri Care Team by filling out this form HERE.

Below are resources available to you:

If In Crisis

If you don’t know where to begin getting mental health, substance use, or emotional help for yourself or someone you know, start with Colorado Crisis Services. Whether you call, text or walk-in, they will provide free, confidential, and immediate support.

  • CALL: 1-844-493-8255
  • TEXT: “TALK” to 38255
  • WALK-IN: 3180 Airport Road, Boulder, CO 80301

If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, calling 911 and talking with police may be necessary.

It is important to notify the operator that it is a psychiatric emergency and ask for an officer trained in crisis intervention or trained to assist people experiencing a psychiatric emergency.

You can also go to a hospital emergency room and ask for a psychological evaluation.

Boulder Crisis Services

Crisis – Mental Health Partners

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Call (800) 273-8255 (TALK) or 800.SUICIDESuicide Prevention Lifeline

If you or someone you know is in crisis—whether they are considering suicide or not—please call the toll-free Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 (TALK)  or 800.SUICIDE to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7.



Older Adult Services
Area Agency on Aging
Senior Services

Food Assistance –

Boulder County Food Pantries
Food Assistance (SNAP)

Housing Assistance-

Volunteers of America
Boulder County Housing and Human Services

Boulder Housing Partners
Emergency Family Assistance Association
TGTHR (formerly Attention Homes)
Mercy Housing

Utilities Assistance-

Maitri Care Team Members:

Elaine Yuen, Buddhist Chaplin

Erik Castro, Social Work Graduate Student


Jessie Friedman, Director of BSC

Margot Iseman, Naropa University


Tracy Suchocki, BSC Community Care Director

Please email Tracy with any questions at:

[email protected]


[email protected]