Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. has several teams or volunteers, large and small, across North America, Europe, and other countries, who are trained and inspired to serve the sick and dying devotees and families wherever possible.
In addition, the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in the Holy Land of Vrindavan, India has trained hospice physicians, nurses and spiritual counselors to care for patients who wish to spend their final months in the Holy Land of Vrindavan.
PLEASE MEET JUST SOME OF OUR ENTHUSIASTIC VAISHNAVAS CARE VOLUNTEERS:
Vamanadeva Das, John Pattinson, BS (Computer Science) Treasurer of Vaishnavas C.A.R.E., Inc., Vamanadeva is a Senior Network Engineer by profession with many years of hospital administration experience. He ensures that the donations to Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. are handled with a high standard of professionalism and integrity. Vamanadeva Das is a member of the Board of Directors for ISKCON Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, U.S.).
Sangita Devi Dasi RN, Hospice Educator (ACBSP) (Susan Pattinson, RN, joined ISKCON at 16 years of age in 1972 and was twice initiated by Srila Prabhupada in Los Angeles where she cared for the Deities for several years. In 1979, Sangita co-founded the Krishna conscious elementary school at ISKCON’s Honolulu center where she taught for several years. Later, she helped established the long-running Hare Krishna Sunday School at ISKCON’s Philadelphia temple where she taught for 15 years. Her involvement in the Sunday School continues today. In addition, she co-authored ISKCON’s Hare Krishna Sunday School nine-year curriculum, now used in ISKCON Sunday Schools worldwide and distributed by the ISKCON Educational Ministry, in order to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s personal instruction to her, “You should write books for children.”
In 1994, Sangita received her degree as a Registered Nurse. In 2000, after receiving her Certification and specializing in Hospice and Palliative Care (CHPN), she co-founded the non-profit organization Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. (Counseling, Assistance, Resource, and Education for the Terminally ill and Those in Need). In addition to writing seven articles on hospice care that were published in various nursing journals, Sangita is the author of the book, “The Final Journey–Complete Hospice Care for Departing Vaishnavas“ (Torchlight Publishing, 1st and 2nd Editions), a hands-on text for the care of terminally ill loved ones. For 17 years she has traveled throughout North America and India giving hospice seminars and workshops. She continues to train devotees throughout the world by presenting Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. seminars, as well as teaching through the Vaishnavas CARE Distance Learning Course on this site (Home page).
For almost a decade, Sangita Dasi worked with Giriraj Swami to build the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India. She wrote an extensive curriculum to teach the staff nurses and nursing assistants who work in this 40,000 square foot hospice facility in the holy dhama. Sangita is acknowledged as being the international pioneer for end-of-life care in our ISKCON Krsna consciousness movement.
She presently resides outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S.) with her husband, Vamanadeva Das, a Network Engineer who serves on the Board of Directors for ISKCON Philadelphia. They have one daughter, Rajani, who also resides in Philadelphia with her husband, who is an eco-architect.
Bhaktavatsala Das RN, BSN, MSN Student, and a disciple of His Holiness Hridayananda Das Goswami, has been a Registered Nurse in the United States for over 35 years. Most of his experience is in Intensive Care, Management and teaching. An original member of Vaishnavas C.A.R.E., Bhaktavatsala presented the concept of care for the terminally ill devotees to ISKCON’s Governing Body Commissioners (GBC) in Mayapur, India in 2000. He is now a member of the Nursing Advisory Committee for the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India. Bhaktavatsala also serves as the Head Pujari at ISKCON Silicon Valley temple in California (U.S.).
* Ujjvala Rasajna Devi Dasi, Dr. Usha Reddy, M.D., Internal Medicine Ujjvala Rasajna is a disciple of His Holiness Veda Vyasa Priya Maharaja and is a volunteer for our Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, North Carolina Team in the capacity of a Consultant.
*Atmarama Das, Master’s Degreed Professional Counselor Atmarama Das, a disciple of His Holiness Hridayananda Goswami, is a long-time devotee (40+ years) who brings his spiritual and compassionate nature, plus professional expertise, to our Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team. He has been a Professional Counselor for over two decades and has worked in the field of loss and grief. We welcome him to our team and appreciate his enthusiasm for caring for the devotees in our Philadelphia community.
*Dina Daya Devi Dasi (ACBSP), Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Ayurvedic Practitioner Dina Daya Dasi brings decades of a diverse medical experience to our Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team. She is employed at one of the city’s largest medical centers as a Nurse Midwife/Nurse Practitioner. Dina Daya also brings with her years of experience as a Licensed Ayurvedic Practitioner. We are delighted she has joined our team!
*Jagannatha-priya Devi Dasi, Physical Therapist Supervisor Jagannatha-priya Dasi is a Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteer in our Philadelphia Team. She has worked for over two decades as a physical therapist and is a supervisor at her medical facility. We welcome her management and medical expertise as well as her caring nature to our newest Vaishnavas CARE Philadelphia Team.
*Janaki Devi Dasi, Ellen Pallme, LCSW, Specializes in Counseling Janaki Dasi is a Vaishnavas CARE Team Leader for New Goloka’s FOUR Teams North Carolina. She offers Individual, Family and Grief Support Group Counseling for adults as well as children and teens. We are so grateful to her for bringing to Vaishnavas CARE her expertise in counseling devotees of all ages.
* Jayasri Devi Dasi, Jaessica Hairston, M.D. Board Certified Psychiatrist Jayasri Dasi is a valued Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteer for New Goloka in Hillsborough, North Carolina who volunteers as a Consultant.
* Drishta Das (ACBSP) David Maclachlan, Retired Social Worker Drishta Das is Vaishnavas CARE Team Leader for our New Goloka Team in Raleigh/Cary/Morrisville, North Carolina; He also serves as the ISKCON GBC Regional Secretary. We are grateful to Drishta Das for his experience and advice that he brings to Vaishnavas CARE.
* Satyavati Devi Dasi, Registered Nurse (Disciple of His Holiness Indradyumna Swami) Satyavati is a Member of the Durham, North Carolina Vaishnavas CARE Team. She volunteers as a Consultant/Fundraiser.
*Taravali Devi Dasi, Student Nurse (BSN Program) is the Team Leader for the very successful Toronto Vaishnavas Care Team and will be starting her third year in nursing school in August, 2016. Her husband, Kevala Bhakti Das, helps the Toronto Vaishnavas Care Team as well. They have many dedicated volunteers on their team, some who are medical professionals, including a Physician and Social Worker.
* Kalindi Devi Dasi, Retired Registered Nurse, is a senior disciple of His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami, and has been the Team Leader for the Houston Vaishnavas Care Team for over 16 years. The Houston Vaisnavas Care Team is the longest running Vaishnavas Care Team in the world. The Houston Vaishnavas Care Team has a Physician and Licensed Therapist on their team as well. In addition, Kalindi Dasi has started a Vaishnavas Care Team in Quanzhou, China. We very much appreciate her dedication and long-time service to this project!
Bhavani-Devi Dasi (seated left in photo) is our Team Leader for the Vancouver Vaishnavas CARE Team which is under the auspices of His Holiness Bhakti Marg Swami. Bhavani is a Retired Registered Nurse and Community Social Worker trained in England. Bhavani-Devi Dasi states, “This is where I first experienced the privilege of providing empathetic and supportive care for families struggling with the death of a loved one.”
Bhavani has three children, two now initiated by ISKCON gurus. She and her youngest son were initiated together by His Grace Sankarshan Das Adhikari.
Bhavani’s daughter, Saci Priya Devi Dasi (seated right in photo) was initiated by His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami. Saci Priya has kindly stepped forward to bring her compassionate nature and previous caregiver experience into the Vancouver Vaishnavas CARE Team and will be working alongside her mother. “This Mother-Daughter team” bring with them years of caregiving experience and we feel fortunate to have them on board!
Bhavani-Devi Dasi and Saci Priya Devi Dasi, along with Saci Priya’s son, presently reside together in a home n the Vancouver, Canada area. We welcome them to our family of Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteers and are very grateful to them for stepping forward to serve Srila Prabhupada and his devotees!
*Cheryl Elia is a congregational member at ISKCON Hillsborough (North Carolina, U.S.) and is a computer professional at the University of North Carolina (UNC) with over a decade of experience. Cheryl volunteers to assist with the Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. website on a regular basis. We very much appreciate her expertise and she “appreciates the opportunity to serve Srila Prabhupada and his devotees by helping Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. in this way.”
*Lilavilasini Devi Dasi, a senior disciple of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, lives in Terni, Italy. She serves Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. as our reporter in Europe, regularly submitting articles for Vaishnava’s News. We very much appreciate her assistance in this way so we can better support and assist the sick and dying Vaishnavas throughout the world. Lilavilasini also gives hands-on care and support to the devotees throughout Italy when they are in need. In addition, Lilavilasini is heading up the Vaishnavas CARE project to crochet warm, beautiful blankets for the local Brajvasi patients at the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India as well as the babies of the economically disadvantaged families in Vrindavan. We thank her for all of her service to Vaishnavas CARE.
Kate Koehn is a delightful, enthusiastic young Vaishnavi who brings her life experience and compassionate nature to our newly formed Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team. We are honored to have her step forward to join our family of volunteers! Thank you so much to Kate for joining our team! We look forward to having her on board!
*Tapati Devi Dasi is our newest TEAM LEADER in Tucson, Arizona (U.S.A.). She is very enthusiastic to spread Vaishnavas CARE services in her community by starting our newest Vaishnavas CARE Team in her area under the auspices of her spiritual master, His Holiness Giriraj Swami. Tapati brings with her a long history of working with the ISKCON Child Protection Office in Russia, her homeland. She also has years of Counseling experience within our Krishna consciousness movement. Her educational background, compassionate and caregiving nature, devotional mood, leadership abilities, and organizational skills makes her perfect for our new Team Leader! We thank Tapati Devi Dasi for taking responsibility for this significant position! We are honored to have Tapati Devi Dasi in our Vaishnavas CARE family and look forward to serving with her and her Tucson Vaishnavas Care Team!!
‘Our main goal is to train and begin more Vaishnavas Care Teams throughout the world to care for the devotees within their temples and communities. Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. wishes to serve the devotees who are terminally ill and facing their final months, those who are chronically sick and in need of long term care, those who have been hospitalized, and those who are in need of Vaishnava friendship and encouragement. Our volunteers deliver meals to those who have short term illnesses or have been in accidents or to the devotees who are in nursing homes and need emotional and spiritual care from our local Vaishnavas Care volunteers.
Currently we have enthusiastic Vaishnavas Care teams in Toronto (Canada), Houston (Texas, U.S.), Hillsborough, North Carolina (U.S.), Chicago, Illinois (U.S.), Palatine, Illinois (outside of Chicago, U.S.), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (U.S.), and one in Tucson, Arizona (U.S.). In addition, we have Vaishnavas CARE in Terni, Italy and Quanzhou, China.
Furthermore, we have many compassionate volunteers, as well as professional physicians, nurses, and counselors, who come forward to assist their congregational members in their communities worldwide, such as in Mauritius and South Africa and England, whenever needed.
Depending on your needs and where you are located, any of these experienced, trained volunteers can be contacted through this website for assistance. Tucson Vaishnavas CARE and Toronto Vaishnavas CARE can be reached through their individual Facebook pages.
Plans for Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. include forming and training more local Vaishnavas Care Teams in various places throughout North America and other continents worldwide within our Krishna consciousness movement. If you are interested in starting a Vaishnavas Care Team within your geographical area, kindly contact us: at www.vaishnavascare.org. We will be happy to help.
We also offer our Distance Learning Course on this website (Please see our HOME page for more information) as well as SKYPE seminars for your convenience. PLEASE CONTACT US for more information. Thank you.
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