Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. has several teams or volunteers across North America and Europe who are trained and inspired to serve the sick and dying devotees and their families.
In addition, the Bhaktivedanta Hospice in the Holy Land of Vrindavan, India has trained hospice physicians, registered nurses and spiritual counselors to care for patients who wish to spend their final months in the Holy Land of Vrindavan.
By Lord Krishna’s Grace, we have a Vaishnavas CARE Room in our ISKCON Philadelphia temple to serve the terminally ill devotees of Lord Krishna who wish to spend the last months of their lives in the spiritual environment of one of Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON communities where Lord Jagannatha, Srimati Subhadra and Lord Balarama reside along with Sri Sri Radha Sharadbihari and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. For further information, please write to us at “Contact Us.”
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 an active congregational member of ISKCON Philadelphia (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. Years later, 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). 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 18 years she traveled throughout North America and India giving hospice seminars and workshops. She continues to train devotees throughout the world by presenting the Vaishnavas C.A.R.E. Distance Learning Course via this website. (Please see our detailed article on our HOME page). In addition, 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.
*Vathsala Asok, Retired Teacher
Vathsala brings with her many years of experience performing devotional service at ISKCON Philadelphia. In addition, she has a BA in economics/political science from Madras University, a BS in biology and chemistry from Gwynedd-Mercy University located in Pennsylvania (U.S.) and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from Eastern University (U.S.). In addition, Vathsala holds a teaching certificate from Cheyney University (U.S.) with 30 years of teaching experience in the subject of science. (K-12 grades).
We are fortunate to have Vathsala on our ISKCON Philadelphia Team. She is very kind-hearted and enthusiastic to serve Srila Prabhupada’s dear devotees. She has served on a variety of non-profit organizations in the past and also brings with her years of multi-cultural exposure.
Welcome to our team, Vathsala Prabhuji!!
*Kate Koehn, Experienced Volunteer for our Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team.
Kate Koehn is a patient advocate, with years working with non-profit organizations and palliative care experience. Kate is the Co-Founder and Former CFO for the non-profit organization, “Project Sloopy,” whose mission was to give free medical supplies to the needy across the world.
From hospital beds for children with cystic fibrosis, to tracheostomy supplies to West Africa during the Ebola outbreak of 2014, their free medical supplies were instrumental to saving the lives of children in need.
Presently, Kate is involved with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia — Family Facility and the The Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition. Kate holds two certificates from the University of Pennsylvania in the Communities of Faith Non-Profit Institute.
Kate has an especially inspiring service attitude and we are very pleased to WELCOME her to our Philadelphia Vaishnavas CARE Team. She brings great enthusiasm to our team and has a strong desire to assist parents of children with special needs. She is our “Meeter and Greater” at our ISKCON Philadelphia Sunday Feast Program and always warmly welcomes everyone with a smile and a packet of prasadam (sacred snacks from Vaishnavas CARE).
Atmarama Das (Aaron Rosenbloom, MA, LPC) is licensed as a Professional Counselor in the State of Pennsylvania with 25 years of experience in the mental health field.
For the past 10 years he has been working with clients on an outpatient basis in private practice in the Philadelphia area. Atmarama specializes in mood, anxiety and depressive disorders in children and adolescents but also works with adults, families and couples. In prior years Atmarama worked as both a therapist and supervisor in a variety of community mental health settings such as day programs for children/ adolescents and nursing home residents, treatment foster care, vocational services, adult addiction treatment, and crisis intervention. He has worked extensively with people of all ages helping them to cope with issues of grief and loss. For Atmarama helping people with their difficulties is not only his life’s work, it is a deeply personal expression of his commitment to devotional service.
Atmarama has been a devotee of Krishna since 1972. He received initiation from HH Hridayanada Das Goswami in 1978 in Miami, Florida.
WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE ATMARAMA PRABHU AS A VALUABLE RESOURCE AND PART OF OUR PHILADELPHIA VAISHNAVAS CARE TEAM.
*Dina Daya Devi Dasi (ACBSP), Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwife, Ayurvedic Practitioner
Dina Daya Devi Dasi is a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada. She 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 that Dina Daya Devi Dasi has joined our team, bringing so much of her knowledge and expertise to our Team.
*Jagannatha-priya Devi Dasi, Master’s Degree, Physical Therapist Supervisor
Jagannatha-priya Dasi is a valued Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteer on our Philadelphia Team. She has worked for over two decades as a physical therapist and is a supervisor and mentor at her medical facility. Jagannatha-priya is also on the Temple Support Committee and other managerial teams for ISKCON Philadelphia temple.
We welcome her management and medical expertise, as well as her caring nature, to our
Vaishnavas CARE Philadelphia Team.
Sharon Stratton is a Vaishnavas CARE Team Volunteer on our Philadelphia Team. Sharon has worked for over 25 years as the Office Manager at her husband, Dr. Paul’s Chiropractic office in Doylestown, PA: STRATTON FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTER. Sharon is also a Rebirthing Breathworker, an Access Bars Practitioner, a Reiki Practitioner, and a Member of Young Living Essential Oils. Sharon is dedicated to choosing a healthy lifestyle and sharing this with others.
WELCOME TO OUR PHILADELPHIA VAISHNAVAS CARE TEAM, SHARON!
*Janaki Devi Dasi, Ellen Pallme, LCSW, Specializes in Counseling Janaki Dasi is a Vaishnavas CARE Team Leader for New Goloka’s Vaishnavas CARE Team in 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. She so kindly volunteers as a Consultant for Vaishnavas CARE.
* Drishta Das (ACBSP) David Maclachlan, Retired Social Worker
Drishta Das is a Vaishnavas CARE volunteer in Hillsborough, North Carolina (U.S.); He also serves as the ISKCON GBC Regional Secretary. We are grateful to Drishta Das for his experience in the field of Social Work and for the advice he brings to our Vaishnavas CARE project.
* Satyavati Devi Dasi, Registered Nurse (Disciple of His Holiness Indradyumna Swami) Satyavati is a Member of the North Carolina Vaishnavas CARE Team. She volunteers as a Consultant/Fundraiser. We welcome her devotion, caring and compassionate nature to our Vaishnavas CARE team.
*Taravali Devi Dasi, RN, BSN began the Toronto Vaishnava Care Team and served as the Team Leader for several years. She graduated from Nursing School this year, 2018. Congratulations to Taravali! We thank Taravali for being the Team Leader for so many years and we also thank her husband, Kevala Bhakti Das, for helping her lead the Toronto Team
Taravali has recently turned this post as Team Leader over to Lalithapriya Devi Dasi. Many dedicated volunteers are on the Toronto Vaishnava Care Team, some who are medical professionals, including a long-time physician, Jagannatha Mishra Das, and Praharana Devi Dasi, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, who is a Social Worker. Other key members include, Hemanga Das and Govinda Mohini Devi Dasi on the Strategic Planning Team, as well as Krsna das Kaviraj Das and Paurnamasi Dasi .
We thank them all for their wonderful, enthusiastic service to Srila Prabhupada’s devotees!
Lalithapriya Devi Dasi, a disciple of His Holiness Gopal Krishna Goswami, is the Team Leader for the Toronto Vaishnava Care Team. She works in Information Technology as a “Sustems Architect” for a financial company in Toronto. Lalithapriya stated, “I am extremely grateful to Srila Prabhupada for his ocean of compassion on us and for teaching and showing us the path to go back home, back to Godhead where there is no suffering and an eternal life with individuality. I want to follow in the footsteps of Srila Prabhupada and my Guru Maharaja by serving the devotees in our congregation and others as well. Vaishnavas CARE gives me opportunities to render service to the devotees at a time when they are sick and need our assistance the most.”
We are so blessed to have Lalithapriya Dasi Leading our Toronto Team!
* 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 18years. 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. 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 in 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 in this way!
*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 News. We very much appreciate her assistance so we can better support and assist the sick and dying Vaishnavas throughout the world. Lilavilasini also gives hands-on care and emotional, spiritual and practical 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 crocheting blankets and warm clothes for the babies of the economically disadvantaged families in Vrindavan. We thank her for all of her years of service to Vaishnavas CARE.
‘Our main goal is to train more and more volunteers through our ONLINE DISTANCE LEARNING COURSE to care for the devotees within their temples and communities around the world. Presently, their services range from caring for the devotees who are terminally ill and facing their final months, to serving those who are chronically ill and in need of visits and socialization with devotees, to bringing meals and reading to those who have been acutely ill and/or hospitalized. In addition, our volunteers reach out to those who are in need of Vaishnava friendship and encouragement by offering emotional and spiritual care.
Please visit our Distance Learning Course on the HOME page of this website for information on how to receive your caregiver training from the comfort of your home — and at your own pace! Please write us at “CONTACT US” if you require more information. Thank you.
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