Svend needs help finding a Home
$78,920 of $100,000 goal
Hi, I'm friends with Svend Petersen, the long-time Pool Manager of the Beverly Hills Hotel.
He used to own the house I lived in Hollywood and was my landlord. I received a call from one of the few friends Svend has left to inform me that he is homeless and has been taken advantage of by realtors who sold his house.
The Realtors that swindled him into selling his house quickly also caused the IRS to come after him. The IRS substracts money from his Social Security every month. He owes $71,000 in taxes just from the selling of his house. Credit Cards Companies canceled his cards and the Checking Account is in minus. His life went in a downhill spiral resulting in homelessness.
Svend is now 86 years old. As you may have seen him on the television or watched some of his interviews, he had been with Beverly Hills Hotel for over 40 years. He's been at the hotel with all the stars like Marilyln Monroe, Cary Grant, Faye Dunaway, Fred Astaire, just to name a few. Back in the day, Katherine Hepburn used to ask Svend if she could come earlier to swim in the Pool. Svend always told me these amazing stories of the Beverly Hills Hotel and what happen behind the scenes.
During the good times, Svend had many famous people around him. How can someone who gave 40 dedicated years to serving the Beverly Hills Hotel, elites, and celebrities end up on the street?
Most of his life he served and helped people and now in his older years he's forgotten about. People that once called themselves "friends" don't want to know about his situation. It's a sad world we live in if elderly are starving and are just a burdon to our society.
This is why we are asking for your attention. Svend needs help. Right now Svend's few belongings are in storage and we are giving Svend money to stay alive but cannot continue to fund this project alone. We your need help.
To give you an example, Svend had two bananas today because all the money is used for paying for the motel, P.O. Box, storage, and IRS. A few weeks back he had to sleep in a car under a freeway bridge. At 86 years old, his life consists of going from motel to motel and when the money runs out, he sleeps in a car. Cheapest motel we found is $89 a day. He was recently hospitalized for an infection. They drained spinal fluid and now he is slowly recovering. All of this stress and instability is taking a toll on his health.
Our goal and solution is to find him a Studio or 1 Bedroom in the Los Angeles area. We would use the $5900 for downpayment and first 3 Months rent along with Food so he can get back on his feet.
UPDATE: We have raised the bar to $100,000 to help secure Svend's future.
Any donations are helpful.
Lets help Svend and get him back on his feet.
Mercedes Kennedy , Thomas Marinello , and Art on behalf of Svend Petersen .
The extended Interview of CBS 2 Coverage from 04/12/17
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Thomas and I want to thank everyone for all of their help and support on this campaign. We were able to do this with all of your help including the tv stations and newspapers. Raising almost $80,000 for someone who a couple weeks ago had nothing, is amazing. I wish we could say that for all the homeless. It was a very sad situation which always brought me to tears.
We appreciate all of the nice comments we have received about helping Svend. I know it may be difficult to believe that we did this out of pure love, that's how Thomas and I were raised.
In the past week we have been dealing with, unfortunately, a lot of drama. The idea was and still is to be transparent with, you, the donor. We know life sometimes is not pretty but we are campaign managers trying to do what we think is the right thing. Without getting into detail, dealing with drama is not something we signed up for therefore we must withdraw ourselves in order to retain the healthy relationship Thomas and I have.
We have spoke with the tax attorney, Gary, and he said if its too much drama, we should transfer all the funds to Svend. He also said in June, the IRS should stop taking $300 from Svend's account but Gary is still trying to get the sum reduced that Svend still owes the IRS.
The remaining gofundme funds will be dispersed to Svend's chase account. Svend has been given a check yesterday, May 18th, 2017, for $42,330.00. Another $1,226.93 is scheduled for withdrawal on June 1, 2017. Once this amount comes in, he will receive another check. If you would like to continue to make donations to Svend or contact him, please use the P.O. Box 2785 Los Angeles, CA 90078 and leave your information and or send him a check.
Thank you again for all of your help, all of your emails, support and suggestions.
Thomas and I are going back to making natural soap, saving bees, and photographing nature.
This campaign has officially ended.
Total Online Raised $78,920.00
Total Amount Raised $78,920.00
GoFundMe (5%) $3,946.00
WePay Fees (2.9% + .30) $2,593.49
Total Fees $6,539.49
Balance Available $72,380.51
Apartment 12 months plus security $19,646.00
First Deposit into Svend’s Chase account $5,000
Plus Furniture and living expenses
Some more goodies came in the mail for Svend including a box with stars on them. I wont mention any names because I haven't received the permission to.
We can check off the list:
-Popcorn, magazines, pain relief balm, audio cds, spatula set, kitchen towels, peets coffee, potato peeler, knife, colander, blanket,
If anyone can think of anything else he might need. He complained to me that his thumb wrist area is hurting a bit. I think a automatic can opener would be helpful.
To respond to the comments, thank you for posting the free elder services, this would be a big help especially grocery shopping and cleaning. I called the office that services Svend's area to see what the process is. I would need to fill out an application for him.
I did mention yesterday this to Svend and he said he would think about it.
We talked about the other items that came in. Playing cards, fig newtons, pillow cases, toothbrush holder, soap dish, ice cream scooper, Peet’s Coffee, Starbucks gift card, and utensils. He said it's so unbelievable and like a miracle.
Thank you to everyone who has been following Svend’s story and sending these items for him. Svend said he doesn’t know if the word thank you is good enough and doesn’t know how to express the way he is feeling.
We still have a handful of things on our list we have planned for Svend; ear and eye doctor being one of the most important. I’m waiting on a call back from a place that specializes in hearing. Also, a cleaning lady because I am not able to keep up with cleaning Svend's apartment. While we would happily volunteer ourselves to do this again, it’s time for Thomas and I to concentrate on our work. We felt a human responsibility to get Svend out of the situation he was in and into a stable environment with a quality setup, and so he can enjoy the rest of his years or how ever long he wants to be with us on this earth.
Additional plans include: signing him up for meals just in case he doesn’t feel like cooking. The tax attorney is still working on Svend’s paperwork so that Svend can receive his full social security benefits without the IRS dipping into them. Gary mentioned it will take sometime. Also, getting Svend on a list for senior living for the future for the time when his health starts declining. Caregivers are very expensive and even though we have raised $77,000 and it may look like a lot. The truth is the cost of living is expensive here in California. One year of Svend’s apartment is paid for so he doesn’t have to worry about paying rent until next year but he has to save his fund money and be savvy with his spending in order to lock in another year or rent. Without his fund money, living on $222 a month, this is what would be left after paying rent, is impossible. We have sometime to find a source of income for Svend so we may be able to secure his housing needs for 2019.
As for Thomas and I, we have a trip coming soon. We are going to visit Thomas’s mum back home in Austria. My mum-in-law has dementia and we are trying to spend as much time as we can with her. She currently lives at home with her cat and two sweet caregiver ladies who rotate every month. With this said, updates on Svend will be every two weeks or so until we return. We’ll have a 9 hour difference from Svend but will check in with Art daily, Art will be staying with Svend. We will be working from abroad and have access to emails. We will also coordinate Svend to go back to Denmark for a visit. When the time comes, we will have an update on this too. Please feel free to email us anytime.
Also, I reached out to Pete Guernsey through Facebook to take him up on his offer he wrote in the comments about making a monthly contribution to Svend but he has not responded and that was some weeks ago.
Lastly, some of you have reached out about making monthly contributions. I asked Gary, the tax attorney, about opening up a PayPal account in Svend’s name and he said no because he’s still dealing with the IRS. If you would still like to make monthly contributions for Svend that we can setup and are withdrawn every month — this is a subscription service and can be done via PayPal, please let us know and I will open up a separate PayPal account in my name on behalf of Svend. I will then transfer these funds to his fund money.
Let's hope he enjoys his first night sleep on the new bed. =)
Hi Svend, I use to work with you at the Beverly Hills hotel from 1995 to 2001. I worked up at the front desk as a supervisor. Helped you out when you needed a guest signature confirmation for pool side room charges. My friend Robbie Auser also worked at the pool side with you. By the way, I've donated and if you need help with your eyewear being repaired or replaced or updated affordably please contact me , my father Jorge Sr, or my sister Cristina at our family business www.GlenviewOptical.com. Located at 515 N Central Ave. Glendale CA. 91203. 818-247-5910. I remember you Svend and your good heart!
I am a CPA, I will donate my time to stop the IRS to remove this liability and stop them from taking his social security. I am surprised no one helped. At 89 years old, and what has happened to him, we can try to settle with the IRS - please pm me. I will be in LA in May 2017.
I would be happy to help him get a new pair of glasses. I could offer money but I feel like the gift of sight is so important and would prefer to provide him with a new pair of glasses. Someone please reach out to me so I can get the information needed and can mail them to him.
Please call the Beverly Hills Hotel and ask for the Communications Dept and leave a message that they could turn the negative PR they are getting by do nothing now in to major POSITIVE PRESS if they did something / anything!! (310) 276-2251 or Message them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Beverlyhillshotel/. Squeaky wheel gets the grease - make noise - act disturbed - create havoc for the hotel. The man gave 40 years of his life to them now they can their corporate heads out of their asses and lend a hand!! Let them know that people are watching them!!
I just watched this on the news, broke my heart, this is so wrong. No one should be homeless and without food or his glasses. I would love to take him to Lens Crafters and buy him a pair of glasses. There is a section 8 office in L.A. on Wilshire, I'm sure he would qualify for a voucher.
Who are these Realtors?!! They need to be reported!! I'm in tears. I just received my Real Estate License, a solo mom struggling with my 16year old son, father is not around. Who can do this?!! Does anybody know these Real Estate Agents? I'm in a rental in Beachwood, probably close to his home. He needs to be on food assistance also. Can I help? I don't have $$, I am also in a harsh and scary situation until I can get a client or two. I am heartbroken and in tears. I fed Ed for over 10 years, an elderly man who also lived in the street. He would often camp behind my rental but the neighbors would chase him away. I feel terrified at our Human race, does anybody know who these Realtors are? I don't have much but I can pack him a sandwich here and there
I want to ensure you saw the very kind and generous offer made here by a man named Peter to send $500.00 a month. While it is wonderful that such generous donations are coming in, offers like Peter's are what will most help. The money will run out sooner than you think but donors who are willing to continue to contribute on a monthly basis will be of the most significant help. Please contact him and take him up on the very generous offer! Peter, I am very impressed with your generosity! The world needs more people just like you! While I cannot help every month, I will be donating soon and suggest you keep this account open for at least a year and go back to the media when the money is getting tight. I suspect many will donate on more than one occasion but will need to be reminded in this fast paced world where there is so much need. Good luck!
I'm CEO of Miami EyeWorks in Miami Florida . I would like to donate two pairs of Eyeglasses and including well needed prescription Lenses. ( Transition + Progressive Lenses with Antireflective Coating ) Please reach out to me ASAP with more information , so I can process his Optical lenses immediately and overnight him his glasses. https://www.facebook.com/MiamiEyeworks Johann
I knew Svend well growing up. He was always very kind to me and my family. i am so sad that this is what has happened to him. I have posted on my FB page and asked family and friends to donate. Please give him a hug from The Niklas family. And thank you for being kind friends to him during his time of need. The elderly are so undervalued in our society.
Thank you guys!! Mercedes Kennedy, Thomas Marinello, and Art Galstyan on behalf of Svend Petersen. Can I help? Do you know about Meals on Wheels? Free to elderly, two links. Also, who are these Agents? You guys are truly kind, good hearted people. This is horrid, thank you for helping this gentleman!! There are so many homeless on our streets, it's so wrong. https://stvincentmow.org http://www.mealsonwheelswla.org