Update March 25, 2020

Covid-19 Temple Emergency Fund

Dear devotees and well-wishers of Sri Sri Radha Kalachandji:

Please accept my humble obeisances.  All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

We are praying that each of you, along with your loved ones, are doing as well as possible in these challenging times. As you know, due to the Emergency declarations of the County and City of Dallas, the temple has had to adopt very austere measures, including closing the restaurant except for limited takeout and delivery services.

To ensure social distancing, a very small number of devotees are taking care of the scaled down temple services. The minimal restaurant services permitted are being carried out voluntarily by a few staff and the managers.

We certainly miss all of your association and look forward eagerly to resuming all of the sweet services and programs as soon as possible. Thank you for all your services and support.  Meanwhile, please stay in touch with the wonderful online darshan, discourses, kirtans and the new online programs (like morning and evening japa, discourses and Q&As) we will be rolling out soon.

Many of you have been affected by loss of income. Let’s take best care of one another. The restaurant has been providing 75% of temple revenues, but now its income has dropped to 10% of the previous amount. This is putting the temple finances in a major bind. Our minimum monthly expenses come to about $35,000, including scaled-back Deity worship expenses, lowered allowances for pujaris, loan payments, insurance, utilities and essential temple maintenance. The restaurant’s income last week was only $1,750. Naturally the donation box, which usually collects enough to cover the pujari allowances, is empty. Monthly donations from members total about $9000, so our immediate shortfall is at least $20,000 per month. We also need to give some relief to our restaurant staff, who have lost their incomes. As a religious nonprofit, we do not deduct unemployment from their earnings.

By Krishna’s mercy we now have an additional opportunity to serve prasadam at shelters on 20 dates in the coming month. It costs us $500 for each date, and we need $10,000 more to finance this.

To cover the next 3 months expenses, our COVID-19 Emergency Fund target is $100,000. We hope to get past this challenging period with a collective effort and also your generous support and contributions. Please consider this appeal and personal request, and donate as much as your situation allows.  Make checks payable to “The Texas Krishnas Inc.” or donate online towards the Covid-19 Temple Emergency Fund at www.radhakalachandji.org.

Thank you again for your continued support.  Praying this meets y’all safe and well,

Your servant’s humble servant,

Nityananda dasa

Temple President

————————————————————— Sent March 15th
Notice 1
Hare Krishna! Dear  friends,
Based on the emergency declaration ( in effect from 11am today to 11am on March 20) by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and the quick increase in the number of Dallas cases, now officially 8, with one case from within the greater Dallas community (not the  Temple community) we are cancelling this week’s Sunday Feast program. We will do the program online.
The City of Dallas has endorsed the declaration. Religious leaders have agreed to comply.
Stay tuned for further notices and details.
Your servants’ humble servant,
Nityananda dasa
Temple President
————————————————————— Sent March 10th
Dear devotees and friends of our DFW Hare Krishna community,

 

We hope all of you are doing well by Krishna’s grace. With this announcement we wanted to inform you of what measures we are taking at our Temple in response to the Corona Virus.
Here is what we are doing at present, and we will update all of you with any adjustments or changes, which will be based on any further CDC/local civil authorities’ recommendations.

 

Our classes and events will continue unless we are advised by the CDC/local civil authorities to cancel any upcoming programs ; however, we recommend the following:

 

Please don’t come to the temple if:

 

· You have any symptoms of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus – fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
· You have been around anyone else with the above symptoms.
· You have a compromised immune system and are therefore at a greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
. You have traveled to high-risk countries listed by the CDC at https://www.cdc.gov/ or been in close contact with someone who has traveled to one of these countries.· In these cases, you should remain away from the temple and temple activities for at least 14 days after your return and you are symptom free.

 

Other precautions:

 

· Anyone involved in cooking or serving prasadam or volunteers at our Temple must follow hand-washing guidelines.
 Servers must wear disposable gloves.
· Anyone showing any symptoms of any illness should remain out of the kitchen and also not serve at the Sunday Feast.
· Avoid shaking hands with anyone.
· Avoid touching your face.
· Don’t pass around prasadam flowers, oil, or water at this time during the public programs (Sunday Feast and Festivals).

 

Some things we are doing at Kalachandji’s Temple regarding the coronavirus.

 

· We are issuing periodic advisories to our congregation members through Kalachandjis Family Whatsapp, our Temple Facebook site,  Kalachandji Katha and website, and these will be updated based upon CDC/local civil authorities’ recommendations.
· We require all cooks to wash their hands before and during the cooking process, stopping every 20 minutes or so to rewash their hands with hot water and soap for 20 seconds.