Save Hank and Helen's Home

$132,361 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 4,017 people in 27 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The funds from this campaign will be withdrawn and placed into a bank account for the benefit of Hank and Helen Kawecki.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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Helen and Hank want to say a big "Thank You" for all the cards regarding her birthday and Hank's medical problems. I have to say that it really made the day. With Hank unable to do much outside due to shortness of breath they have resulted to depression and squabbles being confined. On the day Helen's birthday, I spent some time with them trying to work through a big fight they had in the morning. Linda went over later in the day with all the cards and it was a godsend! They went to dinner with us that night and we had a really good evening.
They want to extend special thanks to John for all the deli meets, bagels, lox and sweets that were suburb. They shared some with us and the lox was probably the best I had ever tasted. Also special thanks to Karen for the beautiful flowers - they brought tears to Helen's eyes.
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A quick update on Hank and Helen.First, it is Helen's 90th birthday on August 1st. If you want to send and email to me I will bring them to her. If you want to send a card, send it to
Helen Kawecki
1681 Hauser Circle
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
That is Linda's and my address but our mailman is very familiar with the situation and will leave the cards with us.
On a more somber note, Hank has been in and out of the hospital the past 4 weeks. He has pneumonia and it seems his heart is not functioning properly. He will be meeting with his heart specialist this week to discuss the possibility of a new pacemaker. A secondary concern is that he can no longer do all the little things that he used to do. He is constantly out of breath and coughing. Then, of course, depression sets it.
Again you can send emails to me or mail cards to our home address.
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I apologize that it has been some time since my last update. As you are probably aware, Hank and Helen have their ups and downs. However, I have to say, that in the last few months there have been many more downs than ups. Both have had medical problems - Helen being in the hospital for 3 days due to an intestinal blockage and Hank having a fluid build up with water in the lungs. Helen fell again a few weeks back and hit her head. She has a walker but it pretty ornery and doesn't like to use it.
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.
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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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Nina Grillo Brandt
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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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Eric Barrios Mendez
26 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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Mimi Mossman
26 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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Kerryanne Conlon
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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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Gabrielle Schantz
25 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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Kyle P Reilly
26 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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Linda Tommela
26 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
26 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
25 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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Karin Barr
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My thoughts and prayers are always with you... Thank you for helping this beautiful couple.

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God bless you for looking after these two! Please let them know people far and near care about them. I would hope someone would take care of my elderly parents if something horrible happened to them. They remind me of my parents - together for 55 years until my dad passed last October. They bickered sometimes but they always had each other's back.

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Nina Grillo Brandt
26 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
26 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.

+ Read More
David Trepanier
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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
Eric Barrios Mendez
26 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
Mimi Mossman
26 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
Kerryanne Conlon
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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
26 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
Gabrielle Schantz
25 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
Kyle P Reilly
26 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
Linda Tommela
26 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
26 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
25 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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