Save Hank and Helen's Home
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The funds from this campaign will be withdrawn and placed into a bank account for the benefit of Hank and Helen Kawecki.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
On the positive side, Helen's daughter from Indiana came for a 2 week visit and they sure liked the company. We try to visit them at least once a week.
The hardest issue for them is the loneliness. Their daughter that lives here, the mother of the grandson, won't talk to them, They talk by phone to their daughter, grandchildren and great grandchildren in Indiana and Oregon but the is not the same as visiting relatives in person.
The Gofundme has been a godsend for them. They draw a monthly allowance from the funds that were donated. The downside is that those funds will dry up in June of 2019. Additionally, their medical co-pays and deductibles are adding up.
Linda and I want to express our deep gratitude to all the people around the world that stepped up to help. Had it not been for all of you, Hank and Helen would have been out on the street or, worse, not been able to service.
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:
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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
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
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.
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
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!
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.