Celebration with Mother Antonia

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November 16, 2010

Dear Samarpan Friends:

Mother Antonia came to Samarpan Spiritual Leadership on October 23rd and shared her unique mission and ministry with the prisoners in Tijuana and their families. In order to spiritually transform drug traffickers, thieves, murderers, and unfortunate children caught in between criminals and the legal system one needs to have special courage and determination. That was the story Mother Antonia shared with us at our center. This unbelievable story will linger for a long time in our minds and inspire us to our own mission in life.

Mary and I are also blessed with Mother Antonia’s presence on our 25th wedding anniversary. Samarpan friends shared our joy and blessings during our get together. Thank you so much for your kindness in sending a donation to Samarpan. As you well know, we continue our clinic in India, giving free medical care to hundreds each week.

We also continue to give retreats to the homeless several times a month at the Samarpan Spiritual Leadership Center in Alpine, CA. The people who come to these retreats tell us that it is very significant in their ongoing healing process. It gives them an opportunity for prayer, meditation, quiet, and guidance.

Indeed, it is through the help of you and all of our benefactors that these people can be served. We thank you so much and reassure you that your donation will go directly to the people.

With much gratitude,

Alex and Mary Kodiath

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The Southern Cross article on Elder Care: Precious Presence by Ann Aubrey Hanson

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Samarpan Summer Newsletter – 2010

July 12, 2010

Dear Samarpan Friends: Pria and I just returned from our medical mission trip to India. Our Center in India continues to provide medical, vision, and dental care to young and old and to people of all faiths. I have included pictures below. Since Pria is a premed student this mission had some special goals for her. She was able to volunteer her time at the medical clinic. The doctors and nurses were very good to her in explaining and showing her many different medical diagnosis and treatments of patients. She particularly gained knowledge about the assessments of cataracts in elderly, decay in children’s teeth and had some practical ideas about infant vaccinations.

After a long trip and listening to endless requests for help, sometimes I began to doubt our effectiveness of service. At times I felt helpless because resources were fewer and fewer but the needs continue to mount. Somehow God always hears our prayers for these people. It is your love and generosity that indeed gave me the reassurance that God knows our needs and want us to continue this mission.

I want to thank you personally for your continued support of Samarpan. It’s really our friends like you who have helped us over the past twenty- three years to give unconditional service to the poor. Please enjoy the pictures I have attached, the building is small, but it is a new multipurpose center.

Very gratefully,

Dr. Alex Kodiath

Samarpan Spring Newsletter – 2010

April 28, 2010

Dear Samarpan Friends,

Springtime is here and the flowers and birds bring new spirit of resurrection into our lives. We have many good things to share with you. First, Praem graduated in May, 2009 and has a very good job at San Diego Gas and Electric. Second, Mary has accepted a new job at the San Diego VA Healthcare System as the Program Manager for Health Promotion/Disease Prevention. Thirdly, Pria and Alex are going to India for 2 weeks to spend time at Samarpan Clinic. They will be working to improve health and wellness for the people treated at the clinic and continue to improve our Children’s Library and educational programs. Pria and Alex will inaugurate a newly built multipurpose center for the Children’s library and education center.

We continue to thank you for all the years of your support for Samarpan. This is going to be the 23rd year of unconditional service. Samarpan has served more than 500,000 people both at Samarpan’s Spiritual Leadership Center in Alpine and Samarpan’s Thomas Memorial Clinic in India. Please continue your valuable prayers and support.

With sincere thanks,

Mary and Alex Kodiath 

Samarapan Healthcare Workshop – January 2009

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Information for the Obama Transition Team

January 3, 2009

Summary

  1. Every person needs to have a healthcare provider or medical home. Sliding scale can be used to determine what a person should pay. No one should be denied care.
  2. The Federal Healthcare System should be the model of healthcare used. Bring out the best in the Federal Healthcare, Medicare, and the Medicaid Model.
  3. Mental health parity is a necessity for all forms of health coverage.
  4. Community clinics could provide basic healthcare needs and be wellness centers.
  5. There should be a mandate for pharmaceutical companies to provide medication for compassionate use and there can be incentives for these companies when they provide this.
  6. Pharmaceutical companies should have transparent research results. There should be a Federal Formulary and limited direct-to-consumer marketing.
  7. There needs to be litigation regulation for malpractice lawsuits and limitation for compensation.
  8. There needs to be medical ethical teams to determine viability of life. Heroic measures should be reviewed by medical ethical teams.
  9. Goodwill or probono providers should be encouraged and   incentives offered if there is a certain percentage of free care given. Patients should not be allowed to sue providers, except for cases of negligence. If a patient accuses the provider of negligence, then it should be up to the patient to prove the negligence.
  10. Incentives should be offered for patients who stay healthy, such as a point system that could be traded for cost benefit or decrease charges.
  11. Incentives should be given to businesses who provide healthcare, such as tax rebates, money reimbursement.
  12. The cost savings of providing all people with healthcare will exceed the expense as long as there are incentives to remain healthy, and for providers, hospitals, companies to prevent abuse. Incentives should be given at all levels of care to provide an effective healthcare system with wellness and prevention as a priority.