Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. has several teams of volunteers across North America 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 Vrindavana.
Some of our current team members and their credentials are as follows:
Ananta-simha Das (Dr. Avnish Pandey, Hospice Physician. MBA) Dr. Pandey currently works as the Hospice Medical Physician at the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India, providing Hospice and Palliative care services to terminally ill Vaishnavas. Those who are diagnosed with a terminal illness within India, as well as Westerners desiring to pass away in the Holy land of Vrindavan, are encouraged to contact us at this site for more information. Dr. Pandey (Anantasimha Das) is a disciple of His Holiness Radhanath Swami. Dr. Pandey resides on the hospice property along with his wife and son. He has been devoted to the growth of the Bhaktivedanta Hospice for many years in service to his spiritual master and Srila Prabhupada.
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 on the Board of Directors for ISKCON Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, U.S.).
Sangita Devi Dasi RN, CHPN (ACBSP) is the co-founder of Vaishnavas C.A.R.E., and author of The Final Journey: Complete Hospice Care for the Departing Vaishnavas (Torchlight Publishing). Sangita pioneered education and training for caregivers of the terminally ill Vaishnavas within our Krishna consciousness movement. She travels throughout North America and other countries to present seminars entitled, “The Art of Caring for Terminally- ill Vaishnavas” and helps them to form Vaishnavas Care Teams within their communities. In addition, she educates students through the online Vaishnavas CARE Distance Learning Course. Sangita assisted His Holiness Giriraj Swami with the building of the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India. She presently serves on their Nursing Advisory Committee.
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.).
Please Meet Some of our Other Medical Professional Volunteers:
* 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.
*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.
* Heather Renee Athey, LM is a Licensed Massage Therapist, Specializing in Geriatric Massage. She is a valued member of our Potomac/Washington, D.C. Vaishnavas Care Team.
* 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.
* Sathviradha Devi Dasi, Registered Nurse (Disciple of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami) Sathviradha Dasi is a Volunteer on our Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville Vaishnavas Care Team.
*Sara Sheikh, Social Worker is the Team Leader for our Potomac, Maryland (Washington, D.C.) Vaishnavas Care Team. We very much appreciate all of her expertise. We have other medical professionals on this Potomac Vaishnavas Care Team as well, such as a doctor and nurse
*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 wonderful 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!
*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.
*Indulekha Devi Dasi is very active in Vaishnavas CARE as a volunteer in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Indulekha produces the pure Bhakti yoga Oils as a fundraiser for our devotees in need along with our Spiritual Care Kits. In addition, she is very busy producing graphic design work, such as brochures and flyers. She is also a Reiki Master with many years of training and experience. Within her own practice she gives workshops on crystal healing and chakra therapy. She is a very dedicated volunteer and we very much appreciate her assistance!
*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.), Potomac (Washington, D.C.), FOUR Teams throughout (North Carolina (Hillsborough; Chapel Hill; Durham; and Raleigh/Morrisville/Cary, U.S.), Naperville, Illinois (U.S.), Chicago, Illinois (U.S.), Palatine Community, Illinois (outside of Chicago, U.S.), and our newest 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 areas worldwide, such as in Mauritius and South Africa, 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. 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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