Save Hank and Helen's Home

$134,616 of $200,000 goal

Raised by 4,085 people in 36 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The funds from this campaign will be withdrawn and placed into a bank account for the benefit of Hank and Helen Kawecki.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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Well this will probably be the last update on Hank and Helen. If you have been following the updates, Hank passed away in early November. Helen's daughter from Indiana has been her for the past 10 days or so helping her get rid of stuff and packing up. Linda and I will take them to the airport tomorrow morning and Helen will move in with her daughter while they decide what they can and afford to do about living.
We visited them today and it seems that it was extremely difficult for Helen when she gave all of Hank's dance costumes to Goodwill. She ended up selling some things but mostly gave everything away to different charities.
Helen really wants to thank everyone who who contributed to Gofundme - without that, they probably would have been on the streets.
Linda and I will miss them deeply, but may someday take a road trip to Indiana to visit.
I will keep the Gofundme sight open for a couple of weeks if anyone wants to help financially. There is enough money in the account to pay for the moving van, but not the plane tickets for Helen and her daughter.
Again - thank you to everyone who followed this story.
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Here's a link to probably the last media coverage of the Kawecki story. The part about Hank's dancing is OS true. He continued to dance up to about the last two months.
https://www.toacorn.com/articles/subject-of-acorn-series-dead-at-91/
Helen will put the mobile home on the market in the next few days, but is pretty overwhelmed with the move and all of the stuff that will have to be sold or donated. Her daughter has a two bedroom apartment, but , with the proceeds from the sale, they hope to find something a little larger. There is still some money in the gofundme account to pay her rent for a few months.
Helen says a big thank you to everyone across the globe who helped them through the past 2 1/2 years. Of anyone would like to help with a small donation to help with the moving expense, it woold be appreciated. If you wish to send a Christmas card, send it to Helen Kawecki at our address:
1681 Hauser Cir., Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
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This update does not have good news. Hank passed away late Thursday evening. He really deteriorated the last two weeks, but was restfull and sleeping the last 1 1/2 days. We are working with Helen to determine what she is going to do. She cannot stay in the mobile home alone as she is very fragile, subject to falls and appears to having some dementia. She does have two friends in the park that come and check on her, one friend that she obtained through gofundme that comes over frequently and of course Linda and I try to support her. She has a daughter in Indiana and we are trying to work out a plan for Helen to live with her somehow. The problem is that her daughter rents a very small apartment and has a small social security income.
I want to say a big thank You for all the gofundme supporters. The outlook is not good but without your support, it is impossible to think what Helen's options would be.
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I'm afraid that this update is not good news. Hank has been in the hospital for about 10 days now and in and out for a number of days prior to that. The outlook is not good. He probably will go home tonight and have hospice care, but it seems like he will only last a few days. He has a rupture in his stomach and his heart is so weak he will not survive surgery. Again, you can send cards to him at our address 1681 Hauser Cir, Thousand Oaks CA 91362. If you have their address, you can send cards or notes to them, but I really hesitate to post their address publicly.
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Nina Grillo Brandt
34 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
34 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
34 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
34 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
34 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
34 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
34 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
34 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
34 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
34 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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Susan Jackson
34 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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Kerryanne Conlon
34 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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Linda Tommela
34 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
34 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
34 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
34 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
34 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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Deborah Haley
34 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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Linda Tommela
34 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
34 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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Raised by 4,085 people in 36 months
Created June 2, 2016
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BD
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B D
2 months ago
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Jeremy Neville
2 months ago

I've been following this forever. What a heart breaking conclusion.

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Anonymous
2 months ago
SS
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Sonya Sandoval
2 months ago

My prayers are with Helen. Thank you Doug for this gofundme page and for the kindness you and your wife showed to Hank & Helen. God Bless you all.

CZ
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Corrin Zimmerman
2 months ago
$25
Anonymous
2 months ago
JK
$50
Julia Kearney
2 months ago

This is such a sad story. I've been following from the beginning. Thank you for all you did for this dear couple. I hope Helen can find some peace with her daughter.

GH
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Gail Van Howten
2 months ago
PD
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PATTI DOUGLAS
2 months ago

God bless Helen and her daughter...may you receive enough donations this one last time to fund a nice plane trip for them to Indiana. (Thank you to the Emersons! You have been Hank & Helen's angels.)

CN
$20
Chelsea Neve
2 months ago

I have been following this story the whole time. Thank you for running the GoFundMe and making updates. It breaks my heart. I only wish I could do more.

Nina Grillo Brandt
34 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!

+ Read More
Joanne Lipari
34 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
34 months ago

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

+ Read More
Renee Myhr Frank
34 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
34 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
34 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

+ Read More
Helen Starlight
34 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

+ Read More
Deb Brinkman
34 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
34 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
34 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
Susan Jackson
34 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
Kerryanne Conlon
34 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
Linda Tommela
34 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
34 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
34 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
34 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
34 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
Deborah Haley
34 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.

+ Read More
Linda Tommela
34 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

+ Read More
Asdruval Alarcon
34 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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