Save Hank and Helen's Home

$131,595 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 3,989 people in 23 months
Doug Emerson
on behalf of Doug Emerson on behalf of Helen and Hank Kawecki
 THOUSAND OAKS, CA
My wife Linda and I are neighbors of Hank and Helen. Hank and Helen are 88 and 87 years of age and have lived in their home for over 50 years. Two years ago, their grandson convinced them to deed the home to him and promised to support them financially for the rest of their lives. Instead the grandson mortgaged the property to the maximum with three loans and defaulted on all the loans. The grandson then sold the home without Hank and Helen’s knowledge. We discovered the fraud and helped them hire an attorney who did the proper legal filings that stopped the public sale. However, the lenders went through the foreclosure process and that could not be stopped. They are now being evicted with no money and no place to go.

Local law enforcement and the District Attorney are investigating the case and the grandson will very possibly end up in prison on charges of fraud and elder abuse. They have a civil suit against the grandson and all of the lenders, but these procedures take a long time and require intensive investigation. All of which are quite expensive.

The funds will be used for two purposes. They currently owe approximately $25,000 in legal fees and will need to hire an attorney specializing in fraud and one that will have the experience and ability to attempt to stay the eviction order. If they are evicted they will need funds for first month rent, deposit, moving expense and a host of related costs.

We moved to Thousand Oaks a little over a year ago and Hank and Helen are two of the nicest people we have ever met. The emotional stress on them has been unbearable. We are hoping you will help them save their home. It is all they have.

The funds from this campaign will be withdrawn and placed into a bank account for the benefit of Hank and Helen Kawecki. As I am a legal signer on that account, I will withdraw funds from the account to pay attorneys, legal filing fees, storage fees, basic living costs, and HOPEFULLY BUY A MOBILE HOME by writing checks to Hank and Helen
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After my last update I received a number of questions about how to get messages, cards etc to Hank and Helen.
They use neither computers nor smartphones, so direct messages are a problem - but
If you ever want to send an email message to them, send it to me via gofundme - I will print them out and bring them to Hank and Helen
If you want to send a card or other more personal message, please send to me at:
Doug Emerson
1681 Hauser Cir.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Linda an I visit them at least once a week - usually more.
And this Saturday, October 7, is HANK'S 90th BIRTHDAY! Let's all wish him a big happy birthday.
Helen's 89th birthday was August 1.
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Well, it has been almost a year since Hank and Helen moved into their mobile home. They are doing as well as can be expected, given the circumstances. Helen turned 89 the first of August and Hank will be 90 in October. I think I mentioned that we raised enough money to by the trailer and almost all of the renovation was through donations. It needed a new stove top, microwave, dishwasher and oven. They have made the place very comfortable and homey.
They draw $750 a month from the gofundme account and that will last for about another year and a half. Then we will have to resort to Plan "B", which has not yet been figured out.
As for anyone in that age group, they have medical problems. Helen has fallen a number of times - the last time hitting the back of her head on concrete. Hank has had a blood clot in a lung. Both spend a lot of time at the doctor.
Their biggest hurt is their loneliness. It seems that Chadd (the grandson) has convinced his mother, sister and brother that he is the victim in all of this, so no one in that part of the family will talk to Hank and Helen. It hurts her to not be able to visit with great grandchildren. It's pretty hard to understand how someone can go through about $450,000 (equity in Hank and Helen's home) in Vegas in less than a year and then call themselves a "victim."
We visit them at least once a week, and they frequently come to our home for dinner.
One positive note - a granddaughter of one of Hank's sister saw the story on Facebook a couple of days ago and I was able to put her in contact with Hank and Helen. They had a nice long phone chat which brightened up their day.
Again, Hank, Helen, Linda and I want to sincerely thank everyone from around the world (literally) for the support you gave Hank and Helen. The story is remarkable. I keep the Gofundme page active as every now and then a comment on donation comes in.
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The Ventura County Star ran a nice article about Hank and Helen in yesterday's Christmas edition. Here's the link:
http://www.vcstar.com/story/news/columnists/2016/12/23/cason-kind-souls-help-pair-get-back-their-feet/95714540/
Hank and Helen continue to have their ups and downs. They have pretty much accepted the fact that they need to start a new page in their life - but even with that, there are days of depression. We visited them Saturday afternoon and it was pretty obvious that the holiday season was not happy for them - thinking of old times, thinking of their old home, family and all of those things.
They did agree to come to our house for dinner Christmas eve and left in better spirits.
As t the fundraising, we have enough money in their account to pay their rental space in the mobile park for about two years. Linda and I have been working with them to set up a plan for when that ends. I think they can make it but the fact is they are both approaching 90. Helen has fallen a number of times and her health is noticeable deteriorating.
I will keep the gofundme campaign open through January. It has been amazing how people around the world latched onto the story and probably the only thing that keeps them positive. As they continue to age, it would be nice to have something in place if they have to move into some type of assisted living facility. So, I ask one last time to spread the word .
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There will be some type of showing on Hank and Helen's situation tomorrow night on TV. I am not clear of the details but it will be show on the TD Jakes program which will be broadcast on the Oprah Winfrey network and the TECNA network at 6:00 (EST time I believe). The gal that called me wasn't really clear so you will have to check your channel listing lineup.

Hank and Helen are still hanging in there. They will spend Thanksgiving with us with some of our family and friends. They try to be upbeat but it still hurts. They stopped by our house on Sunday and Helen had to go back in the car after looking at her home across the street.
We have money left in the gofundme account to pay their rental space in the park for about two years, but after that, I don't know what will happen. They will have to discipline themselves to live on the social security that they get.
If you want to wish them a happy thanksgiving, send me an email and I will print it and give it to them.
Doug
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Nina Grillo Brandt
22 months ago

I would like to know where their kids are, especially the parents of the grandson who scammed them? Take your parents in and help them out!

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Joanne Lipari
22 months ago

Where's a nice attorney who will take this case on for free? These nice folks are suffering. Hope their Grandson is prosecuted and spends time in jail.

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David Trepanier
22 months ago

first thing the grandson needs his ass kicked bad then put his whooped ass in jail

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Renee Myhr Frank
22 months ago

Why can't the mortgage company do the right thing and help them knowing what has happened. Where is the kindness in this world if we can't assist our elderly. 50 years in that home and to lose it this way is shameful. God bless Hank and Helen and prayers coming your way.

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Evelita Rodz
22 months ago

For the neighbors who created the go fund me, you mention that the gentlemen is a veteran if you can give a little history of his military career and that he is a veteran that needs help his story can be shared on a page for veterans.

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Patti Glover
22 months ago

I agree. Public shaming is in order. Name those names. Grandsons Name. His parents name. Mortgage Company name and the greedy, employees who are steering all of this . Someone should be able to put a hold on this nightmare. Shame on everyone involved. God Bless the neighbors that are helping these folks. GEEEZE!!! PS..Donation to follow

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Helen Starlight
22 months ago

The DA will have a very good case of Elder Financial Abuse in this case Why wait? I would have them proceed ASAP Good luck to Hank and Helen

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Deb Brinkman
22 months ago

Maybe you should have them name the mortage company on air...maybe they can see how much the mortgage company would sell the house for and sell it back to them for pennies on the dollar.

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Mimi Mossman
22 months ago

I have shared this with everyone on my Twitter and Facebook Accounts. I hope all goes well for you both Hank and Helen. ♥ May God see you through these tough times!!!!!

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Eric Barrios Mendez
22 months ago

I suggest allowing the District Attorney handle the fraud investigation instead of paying out of pocket for a fraud attorney. They should also contact the District Attorney's Victims of Crimes unit athttp://www.vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/

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Kerryanne Conlon
22 months ago

This has reached the UK, I'm going to share with my friends, I really hope you get on your feet again soon. Maybe look at it as a new start, and just know every one is thinking of you and wishing you well xxx

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Susan Jackson
22 months ago

Mr. Emerson, bless you for helping this sweet couple. I only have a small 2 bedroom condo 932 square feet upstairs. But if they have nowhere to go, I would be more than happy to welcome them in our home until this all gets straightened out. Please contact me if I can help in any way. Arizonagecko68@yahoo

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Linda Tommela
22 months ago

I suggest all of us in the community show up when NBC comes to do an interview. Let's show Hank and Helen how deeply we care and want to support them. I truly believe that collectively we can have a big impact on turning things around for them.

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Duski Wanamaker
22 months ago

Are there no other family members to also help? Where are this boy's parents? This is just sickening. I hope he gets prison time. I gave a little. Wish I could do more. Good luck to them and God bless them.

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Jennifer Herdman
22 months ago

There is a special place in hell for these types of people. I am praying their children and grandchildren who did are dealt with legally. I cannot stop thinking about them crying. Thank you for sharing.

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Kyle P Reilly
22 months ago

CHADD E. MOORE is the grandsons name. He lives in Nevada now i believe. I HOPE someone in the public knows or finds him and beats the CRAP out of him.

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Gabrielle Schantz
21 months ago

If you don't support the campaign, or have somehow come to the conclusion that it's a scam, then just be on your way. Save your bitter complaints regarding the amount of funds being raised, among other things- quite frankly, it's disgusting and shameful. This saint of a neighbor has offered and done more than most of us would or could do, and he doesn't need to waste another second on your ugliness. As for the rest of us, we will donate as we see fit, and I, for one, would like nothing more than to see this couple made whole again.

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Linda Tommela
22 months ago

I encourage everyone to put pressure on the investment company who is holding the loan. As identified in The Thousand Oaks Acorn: Chris Tomaszewski, President and CEO Coastal Capital Group LLC 10008 National Blvd #211, Los Angeles, California, 90034 Phone: (310) 280-9173 Fax: (310) 280-7990

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Asdruval Alarcon
22 months ago

We should find the name of the lender who decided to foreclose knowing they are victims of fraud and advertise in the thousand oaks area who NEVER to do business with. The only thing worse than the grandson here is the heartless greedy mortgage company that is willing to kick out an elderly couple that has lived there for so long!

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Deborah Haley
21 months ago

I own a few houses and would like to donate one, of their choosing, if they're able to relocate and willing to accept. One is in S.C. And the other in Virginia. Hank and Helen you have a home/place to go. No prank, no strings attached, just choose one and move in. I love you both and God does too. Please let me know. Both houses are beautiful and spacious lacking only a pool. Stay blessed and please respond so I can sleep better at night. Happy Birthday Helen. Someone present my offer to them please and let me know at Deborah41541 at gmail dot com. I'm ready to sign my deed to them. I'll sleep better knowing they will have a new home to move into.

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Created June 2, 2016
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1 month ago

God bless you Hank and Helen and good luck -

Nina Grillo Brandt
22 months ago

I would like to know where their kids are, especially the parents of the grandson who scammed them? Take your parents in and help them out!

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Joanne Lipari
22 months ago

Where's a nice attorney who will take this case on for free? These nice folks are suffering. Hope their Grandson is prosecuted and spends time in jail.

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David Trepanier
22 months ago

first thing the grandson needs his ass kicked bad then put his whooped ass in jail

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Renee Myhr Frank
22 months ago

Why can't the mortgage company do the right thing and help them knowing what has happened. Where is the kindness in this world if we can't assist our elderly. 50 years in that home and to lose it this way is shameful. God bless Hank and Helen and prayers coming your way.

+ Read More
Evelita Rodz
22 months ago

For the neighbors who created the go fund me, you mention that the gentlemen is a veteran if you can give a little history of his military career and that he is a veteran that needs help his story can be shared on a page for veterans.

+ Read More
Patti Glover
22 months ago

I agree. Public shaming is in order. Name those names. Grandsons Name. His parents name. Mortgage Company name and the greedy, employees who are steering all of this . Someone should be able to put a hold on this nightmare. Shame on everyone involved. God Bless the neighbors that are helping these folks. GEEEZE!!! PS..Donation to follow

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Helen Starlight
22 months ago

The DA will have a very good case of Elder Financial Abuse in this case Why wait? I would have them proceed ASAP Good luck to Hank and Helen

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Deb Brinkman
22 months ago

Maybe you should have them name the mortage company on air...maybe they can see how much the mortgage company would sell the house for and sell it back to them for pennies on the dollar.

+ Read More
Mimi Mossman
22 months ago

I have shared this with everyone on my Twitter and Facebook Accounts. I hope all goes well for you both Hank and Helen. ♥ May God see you through these tough times!!!!!

+ Read More
Eric Barrios Mendez
22 months ago

I suggest allowing the District Attorney handle the fraud investigation instead of paying out of pocket for a fraud attorney. They should also contact the District Attorney's Victims of Crimes unit athttp://www.vcgcb.ca.gov/victims/

+ Read More
Kerryanne Conlon
22 months ago

This has reached the UK, I'm going to share with my friends, I really hope you get on your feet again soon. Maybe look at it as a new start, and just know every one is thinking of you and wishing you well xxx

+ Read More
Susan Jackson
22 months ago

Mr. Emerson, bless you for helping this sweet couple. I only have a small 2 bedroom condo 932 square feet upstairs. But if they have nowhere to go, I would be more than happy to welcome them in our home until this all gets straightened out. Please contact me if I can help in any way. Arizonagecko68@yahoo

+ Read More
Linda Tommela
22 months ago

I suggest all of us in the community show up when NBC comes to do an interview. Let's show Hank and Helen how deeply we care and want to support them. I truly believe that collectively we can have a big impact on turning things around for them.

+ Read More
Duski Wanamaker
22 months ago

Are there no other family members to also help? Where are this boy's parents? This is just sickening. I hope he gets prison time. I gave a little. Wish I could do more. Good luck to them and God bless them.

+ Read More
Jennifer Herdman
22 months ago

There is a special place in hell for these types of people. I am praying their children and grandchildren who did are dealt with legally. I cannot stop thinking about them crying. Thank you for sharing.

+ Read More
Kyle P Reilly
22 months ago

CHADD E. MOORE is the grandsons name. He lives in Nevada now i believe. I HOPE someone in the public knows or finds him and beats the CRAP out of him.

+ Read More
Gabrielle Schantz
21 months ago

If you don't support the campaign, or have somehow come to the conclusion that it's a scam, then just be on your way. Save your bitter complaints regarding the amount of funds being raised, among other things- quite frankly, it's disgusting and shameful. This saint of a neighbor has offered and done more than most of us would or could do, and he doesn't need to waste another second on your ugliness. As for the rest of us, we will donate as we see fit, and I, for one, would like nothing more than to see this couple made whole again.

+ Read More
Linda Tommela
22 months ago

I encourage everyone to put pressure on the investment company who is holding the loan. As identified in The Thousand Oaks Acorn: Chris Tomaszewski, President and CEO Coastal Capital Group LLC 10008 National Blvd #211, Los Angeles, California, 90034 Phone: (310) 280-9173 Fax: (310) 280-7990

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Asdruval Alarcon
22 months ago

We should find the name of the lender who decided to foreclose knowing they are victims of fraud and advertise in the thousand oaks area who NEVER to do business with. The only thing worse than the grandson here is the heartless greedy mortgage company that is willing to kick out an elderly couple that has lived there for so long!

+ Read More
Deborah Haley
21 months ago

I own a few houses and would like to donate one, of their choosing, if they're able to relocate and willing to accept. One is in S.C. And the other in Virginia. Hank and Helen you have a home/place to go. No prank, no strings attached, just choose one and move in. I love you both and God does too. Please let me know. Both houses are beautiful and spacious lacking only a pool. Stay blessed and please respond so I can sleep better at night. Happy Birthday Helen. Someone present my offer to them please and let me know at Deborah41541 at gmail dot com. I'm ready to sign my deed to them. I'll sleep better knowing they will have a new home to move into.

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