Please, help save our home!

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Charles Philip DeCesare  WEST MILFORD, NJ
My childhood home, the only true heirloom my family possesses, is in foreclosure.

My family and I have been struggling to make ends meet for the past 6 years but all of our hard work was not enough.

Our hardship began when my mother became terribly sick about 7 years ago. Her chronic illness was unexpected. And as if that were not troubling enough, my father's longtime career in the construction industry had taken its toll on him physically, mentally, and emotionally. His longtime company threw him to the side like a broken toy.

My mother was sick, my father was broken. We were all broke.

After a 5 year ordeal that put myself, my brother and my father through emotional turmoil and financial ruin...

My father still struggled to get work...

and my mother, Julia... passed away just as she seemed to be getting healthier.

Her passing has broken our hearts and took away my father's true love. Our family has been devastated.

I have realized we cannot do this ourselves. My father is a very proud man and he would never ask for a handout, he has worked hard his entire life. I love my dad, he is my best friend... and I want to do anything I can to help him- even if that means swallowing pride and asking for help.

Our home is at 315 Morsetown Road, West Milford NJ. My father has given all of his effort, his body and soul, towards saving the house that means so much to our family.

This really is our last chance. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

With hope and love,

Charles Philip DeCesare







P.S. Even if we do not achieve the listed goal, any substantial amount of funding could very well improve our relationship with the bank, possibly resulting in lower payments or halting the foreclosure.
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Update 13
Posted by Charles Philip DeCesare
31 months ago
Update: Yahoo News has posted a wonderful new story about our success and continued work to keep our home.

Also, the celebration was a blast! :-)


Here is the link!

http://news.yahoo.com/family-celebrates-mother-s-day-with-a-home-saved-by-yahoo-readers-161845854.html

Thank you everyone for your love and support!
-Charles
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Update 12
Posted by Charles Philip DeCesare
31 months ago
Tomorrow is the big day!

We are celebrating our wonderful achievement this Saturday, May 3rd.

Can't wait to see everyone there!

-Charles
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Update 11
Posted by Charles Philip DeCesare
32 months ago
We've made it through the winter and now that spring is here, it is time to celebrate!

Here is the information for our "Thank you for saving out home!" party.

Date - May 3rd, 2014
Time - 1:00pm until 7:00pm
Parking location: 1573 Union Valley Road, West Milford NJ 07480 (the lot across from Mr. Wonton Chinese)

link to e3vent page: https://www.facebook.com/events/494316554012694/

We're expecting more people than our driveway can accommodate so we will have a van to shuttle attendees to and from the party.

So excited to see everyone! :)
-Charles and Scott


A big thank you to Yahoo! News for getting our story out there.
Let's celebrate! You are all invited!
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Update 10
Posted by Charles Philip DeCesare
33 months ago
Update: 3/1/2014

After a long month of phone calls, e-mails, paperwork, and snowstorms...

We have successfully refinanced our home and have made our first payment- a new beginning thanks to all of you!

I am planning to have our celebration in May, but a date has not been set. This party means a great deal to me because our home is meant to be shared and enjoyed. There will be some special guests as well!

I will be sending out online invitations to the celebration so please contact me if you are planning on coming out :) here are two ways to get in touch...

Facebook (preferred): facebook.com/cpdecesare

E-mail: send message through GoFundMe


Thank you, everyone, for your overwhelming generosity and kindness.

with love,
Charlie
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Lisa Burby
24 months ago

I also have a go fund me site. It is from 3months ago. I didn't have a cell phone or a computer, bow I have a new cell for my 51st birthday, this padt Thanksgiving Day, a double holiday (with my 3 children) ages range from 23, 16 and 14. MY PLEA READS "A MOTHERS PLEA FOR A CAR" IF YOU WOULD, WILL YOU PASS MY MESSAGE ON? I WON'T. EXPECT YOU TO, BUT I WILL KNOW IF DONATIONS START COMING IN, THEN, ALL I CAN DO IS SMILE AND THANK GOD FOR PEOPLE WHO PASS IT FORWARD. LISA BURBY & FAMILY.

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Celina Hernandez
28 months ago

Please find it in your heart to share my story. I need all the help I can get. Thanks

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Elena Ro
30 months ago

I'm glad for you, we always should fight for our family, we need help too, I hope it will be a happy ending for us too. Goodluck for the future!

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Jessica Acevedo
30 months ago

I don't wish this to anyone. My husband and i lost our home about 6 months ago, and is devastating. Now we are trying to raise some money to at least build a trailer home so we can start to build our home again. Bless you

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Helen Lindsey
30 months ago

I need help too!

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Karla Fauly
31 months ago

We are in the same situation you are Polly I am having no luck getting help. We are raising 6 of our 8 grand children. Our son was killed and we have to raise more children. We have give of our own. We only need 7500. 00 so that we can stay in our home. We only have until the 23 of May and then the offer is of the table and foreclosure commences. I am glad to are that there are still caring people out there because this world needs them more than ever. Good bless you shall. By the way I am originally from Jersey.Westfield to be exact. Good luck.

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Lana Turner
31 months ago

Sad that I will not be at this awesome celebration tomorrow. We will be Celebrating our Great Aunt's 91st Birthday. I will be thinking of you all tomorrow! Hope your family and all your new friends, have a great time! Make sure to post some pictures, I would love to see some! Love, From So. Cal

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Frank Keechi
34 months ago

good luck in everything!

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Scott DeCesare
34 months ago

James, if you look , the limit has NOT been changed. It remains the same. Thanks for your donation.

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Maddi Straus
34 months ago

HI. I donated with no regrets but I want you to know that I am a Mortgage Banker and have been for the past 30 years. I know you have a very hard time and I wish you nothing but love and prosperity. God Bless...

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Jena Blue
34 months ago

Just delete those people! No one is going to ask for their money back. People gave because they wanted to, not because it was a stick up! I am so glad everyone was able to help you out. I loved the story about fixing your pipes! I hope this year brings better fortune.

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Scott DeCesare
34 months ago

Carol, We received your gift yesterday and it was a very unique way of lifting our spirits. Certainly one of the most classiest gifts that I had ever received. The "315" in the middle was a nice touch. I am forever grateful for the generosity shown by you and all the others that regardless of what other people think they give from their heart. I have every intention to re-donate what is not needed by my family to those who were affected by hurricane Sandy. The Jersey shore holds a special place in my heart as my family , when we were better off visited Seaside each year as our "Family vacation" not much but we were together and made memories that will last forever. Thank you again for your beautiful persona and gracious gifts. It is people like you that give me hope for this sometimes divided nation. The old sayings still hold true, "If you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all." Thanks again, Scott.

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Scott DeCesare
34 months ago

Thanks for the insight Art .

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Nicholas Cardenas
34 months ago

this is getting good! 'slowly pulling out the popcorn'

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David Moss
34 months ago

Sounds to me like Art and Steph should get married! God wouldn't that be a wonderful household to grow up in? I wonder if they ever give money to the person standing on the corner holding the cardboard sign...if they do I would like to know if they follow that person around all day to make sure they don't spend it in a way that would upset them! When you give something to somebody...it is no longer yours! The DeCesare family has every right to spend that money any way they see fit! 1,891 people, including me, gave money to this family to help them out...and there is only a handfull that want to cry about how the money will be spent, or how much over the original goal people will give. Go cry in your own little world, and let me give you a tip! Don't give if you don't trust people to do the right thing with what you are giving them!

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Malcolm de Cesare
34 months ago

I've been thinking a lot about everyone's generosity, and I'm very thankful. I cried yesterday while caring for my client, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. I'm a Caregiver for disabled seniors, and I have had a total of six clients within the past two years. Sometimes I work nearly 60 hours a week, and I love what I do. This is less a defense, as more a description. I've been working since I was 14, and contending with small minded people earlier than that. I'm grateful for what I have earned, and for what has been generously given to me. But I'm also outspoken and strong willed, and if I met any of the nasty naysayers in person, I'd put them in their place for questioning the integrity of my father and my upbringing. Back off, please. Worry about your own, and create your own fundraiser if you feel so much more deserving. I'll be with my 93 year old client tomorrow. Enjoying my day with a clear mind and open heart. Good night now.

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Charles DeCesare
34 months ago

Amberlee, Thank you. When i read some of the bile that comes from the detractors of this very humbling experience quite frankly it hurts. I asked my son to take the site down as I am now armed enough to battle the bank. He declined as he stated exactly what you have reinforced , if more people are willing to help have no shame in graciously accepting it. I have always earned everything I have on my own since the age of eight years old when my father abandoned us. Thank god for a very strong woman of a mother who also struggled to keep this family domain, so the quest to save the home goes much deeper than meets the eye. Contrary to one of the posts I have little income due to my age and the government regulations regarding my disability. When my wife passed she was the main wage earner but the government believes that the sum of $250.00 is all you deserve when loosing your lifelong partner. Enough to feed the pets for a week. In closing , I just want to thank all for their continued support as this battle with the greedy bankers is what brought us to our knees. I fully understand my responsibility to give back in return for the kindness given to me and my family. It was how I had been raised. Thank you again Amberlee not only for your monetary support but the moral support as well. You are a true believer in a noble cause and deserve all life's rewards. Again Thank you, Scott.

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Amberlee Bratcher
34 months ago

I would like to see the family STOP defending themselves. Those of us who gave, have no regrets. And if you do, that's unfortunate. If you don't get one more red, copper cent from people, I just want updates from what this has done for you and how you're moving forward! IF someone decides to donate enough to pay off your home, that is their business. Period. Crazy wonderful things happen all the time. And if it doesn't, then you've received enough money to jump start your life again. Stop encouraging the negative and ugly people. They always creep out in every situation. You set this page up as a last resort, and a long shot. Yahoo featured you, and success came for you! Take it and pay it forward friends! Good luck to you and your family and so terribly sorry to hear about your mother/wife.

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Alex Lanza
34 months ago

hey Art listen you sont have to be ignorant, and how dare you call me narrowminded, im bery open minded, I may be arrogant sometime but atleast I can see that Ive made the mistake and can make ammends for it...your just being an asshole, and whether someone is look for a hand out or help is the same fu kin thing. we cant all put our egos up and go around and harassing people of there troubles. you wanna come over my cousins house and steal her wheelchair and push her down the stair, or make fun of my other cousin whos autistic? listen just leave this people alone, they didnt do anything to you, so just do us all a favor and hop off. please, im asking kindly (at this point). Please stop the nonsense. what would jesus do?

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Lindsay Hantverk
34 months ago

Im going to state this again because some people dont seem to get it. People know that they are donating now that the DeCesares have met their goal. If People didnt want the extra that they have donated to go to help the DeCesares they WOULD NOT have donated the money. You have no right telling them to put that extra money towards something else because I know for a fact that the money is being used to pay the bank.

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Lisa Burby
24 months ago

I also have a go fund me site. It is from 3months ago. I didn't have a cell phone or a computer, bow I have a new cell for my 51st birthday, this padt Thanksgiving Day, a double holiday (with my 3 children) ages range from 23, 16 and 14. MY PLEA READS "A MOTHERS PLEA FOR A CAR" IF YOU WOULD, WILL YOU PASS MY MESSAGE ON? I WON'T. EXPECT YOU TO, BUT I WILL KNOW IF DONATIONS START COMING IN, THEN, ALL I CAN DO IS SMILE AND THANK GOD FOR PEOPLE WHO PASS IT FORWARD. LISA BURBY & FAMILY.

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Celina Hernandez
28 months ago

Please find it in your heart to share my story. I need all the help I can get. Thanks

+ Read More
Elena Ro
30 months ago

I'm glad for you, we always should fight for our family, we need help too, I hope it will be a happy ending for us too. Goodluck for the future!

+ Read More
Jessica Acevedo
30 months ago

I don't wish this to anyone. My husband and i lost our home about 6 months ago, and is devastating. Now we are trying to raise some money to at least build a trailer home so we can start to build our home again. Bless you

+ Read More
Helen Lindsey
30 months ago

I need help too!

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Karla Fauly
31 months ago

We are in the same situation you are Polly I am having no luck getting help. We are raising 6 of our 8 grand children. Our son was killed and we have to raise more children. We have give of our own. We only need 7500. 00 so that we can stay in our home. We only have until the 23 of May and then the offer is of the table and foreclosure commences. I am glad to are that there are still caring people out there because this world needs them more than ever. Good bless you shall. By the way I am originally from Jersey.Westfield to be exact. Good luck.

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Lana Turner
31 months ago

Sad that I will not be at this awesome celebration tomorrow. We will be Celebrating our Great Aunt's 91st Birthday. I will be thinking of you all tomorrow! Hope your family and all your new friends, have a great time! Make sure to post some pictures, I would love to see some! Love, From So. Cal

+ Read More
Frank Keechi
34 months ago

good luck in everything!

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Scott DeCesare
34 months ago

James, if you look , the limit has NOT been changed. It remains the same. Thanks for your donation.

+ Read More
Maddi Straus
34 months ago

HI. I donated with no regrets but I want you to know that I am a Mortgage Banker and have been for the past 30 years. I know you have a very hard time and I wish you nothing but love and prosperity. God Bless...

+ Read More
Jena Blue
34 months ago

Just delete those people! No one is going to ask for their money back. People gave because they wanted to, not because it was a stick up! I am so glad everyone was able to help you out. I loved the story about fixing your pipes! I hope this year brings better fortune.

+ Read More
Scott DeCesare
34 months ago

Carol, We received your gift yesterday and it was a very unique way of lifting our spirits. Certainly one of the most classiest gifts that I had ever received. The "315" in the middle was a nice touch. I am forever grateful for the generosity shown by you and all the others that regardless of what other people think they give from their heart. I have every intention to re-donate what is not needed by my family to those who were affected by hurricane Sandy. The Jersey shore holds a special place in my heart as my family , when we were better off visited Seaside each year as our "Family vacation" not much but we were together and made memories that will last forever. Thank you again for your beautiful persona and gracious gifts. It is people like you that give me hope for this sometimes divided nation. The old sayings still hold true, "If you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all." Thanks again, Scott.

+ Read More
Scott DeCesare
34 months ago

Thanks for the insight Art .

+ Read More
Nicholas Cardenas
34 months ago

this is getting good! 'slowly pulling out the popcorn'

+ Read More
David Moss
34 months ago

Sounds to me like Art and Steph should get married! God wouldn't that be a wonderful household to grow up in? I wonder if they ever give money to the person standing on the corner holding the cardboard sign...if they do I would like to know if they follow that person around all day to make sure they don't spend it in a way that would upset them! When you give something to somebody...it is no longer yours! The DeCesare family has every right to spend that money any way they see fit! 1,891 people, including me, gave money to this family to help them out...and there is only a handfull that want to cry about how the money will be spent, or how much over the original goal people will give. Go cry in your own little world, and let me give you a tip! Don't give if you don't trust people to do the right thing with what you are giving them!

+ Read More
Malcolm de Cesare
34 months ago

I've been thinking a lot about everyone's generosity, and I'm very thankful. I cried yesterday while caring for my client, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. I'm a Caregiver for disabled seniors, and I have had a total of six clients within the past two years. Sometimes I work nearly 60 hours a week, and I love what I do. This is less a defense, as more a description. I've been working since I was 14, and contending with small minded people earlier than that. I'm grateful for what I have earned, and for what has been generously given to me. But I'm also outspoken and strong willed, and if I met any of the nasty naysayers in person, I'd put them in their place for questioning the integrity of my father and my upbringing. Back off, please. Worry about your own, and create your own fundraiser if you feel so much more deserving. I'll be with my 93 year old client tomorrow. Enjoying my day with a clear mind and open heart. Good night now.

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Charles DeCesare
34 months ago

Amberlee, Thank you. When i read some of the bile that comes from the detractors of this very humbling experience quite frankly it hurts. I asked my son to take the site down as I am now armed enough to battle the bank. He declined as he stated exactly what you have reinforced , if more people are willing to help have no shame in graciously accepting it. I have always earned everything I have on my own since the age of eight years old when my father abandoned us. Thank god for a very strong woman of a mother who also struggled to keep this family domain, so the quest to save the home goes much deeper than meets the eye. Contrary to one of the posts I have little income due to my age and the government regulations regarding my disability. When my wife passed she was the main wage earner but the government believes that the sum of $250.00 is all you deserve when loosing your lifelong partner. Enough to feed the pets for a week. In closing , I just want to thank all for their continued support as this battle with the greedy bankers is what brought us to our knees. I fully understand my responsibility to give back in return for the kindness given to me and my family. It was how I had been raised. Thank you again Amberlee not only for your monetary support but the moral support as well. You are a true believer in a noble cause and deserve all life's rewards. Again Thank you, Scott.

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Amberlee Bratcher
34 months ago

I would like to see the family STOP defending themselves. Those of us who gave, have no regrets. And if you do, that's unfortunate. If you don't get one more red, copper cent from people, I just want updates from what this has done for you and how you're moving forward! IF someone decides to donate enough to pay off your home, that is their business. Period. Crazy wonderful things happen all the time. And if it doesn't, then you've received enough money to jump start your life again. Stop encouraging the negative and ugly people. They always creep out in every situation. You set this page up as a last resort, and a long shot. Yahoo featured you, and success came for you! Take it and pay it forward friends! Good luck to you and your family and so terribly sorry to hear about your mother/wife.

+ Read More
Alex Lanza
34 months ago

hey Art listen you sont have to be ignorant, and how dare you call me narrowminded, im bery open minded, I may be arrogant sometime but atleast I can see that Ive made the mistake and can make ammends for it...your just being an asshole, and whether someone is look for a hand out or help is the same fu kin thing. we cant all put our egos up and go around and harassing people of there troubles. you wanna come over my cousins house and steal her wheelchair and push her down the stair, or make fun of my other cousin whos autistic? listen just leave this people alone, they didnt do anything to you, so just do us all a favor and hop off. please, im asking kindly (at this point). Please stop the nonsense. what would jesus do?

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Lindsay Hantverk
34 months ago

Im going to state this again because some people dont seem to get it. People know that they are donating now that the DeCesares have met their goal. If People didnt want the extra that they have donated to go to help the DeCesares they WOULD NOT have donated the money. You have no right telling them to put that extra money towards something else because I know for a fact that the money is being used to pay the bank.

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