Svend needs help finding a Home
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.
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.
We were lucky to have CBS cover our story. Please see here.
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The extended Interview of CBS 2 Coverage from 04/12/17
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Very busy day today, we started out with a Inside Edition Interview. Please have a look.
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For more videos please visit the youtube channel here.
We wanted to include this beautiful article written by Lisa Birnbach on April 18, 2017 with Vanity Fair.
We thank you for all your support. You guys are amazing! We never thought that there's so many good hearted people out there. We will personally respond back to every one, just give us some time.
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Svend's power gets turned on today in the new apartment. He will be moving in tomorrow, Wednesday. Current time here in Los Angeles is 2:53am.
Movers will come help move the larger items and all of us will help move in the smaller items.
Thomas dropped off the check for the apartment. It has been paid for one entire year. Svend doesn't have to worry about paying rent until next April 2018. We think this a smart option as Svend can relax, feel safe and secure.
Some of you have mentioned you want to send Svend some clothing. I will be looking through Svend's clothing to see what he has. He's been eating well now and possibly gained some healthy weight. He said today he wears pants size 38, I will double check.
We are trying catch up with editing some videos but our main priority is getting Svend moved in.
Thank you again to all of you!
Svend received a care package yesterday from a sweet lady named Jennifer. Jennifer lives in Scottsdale Arizona and was one of the first people to reach out when we started the campaign.
It was so nice to see Svend's face as he unwrapped these gifts. Shreds of paper flying around, reminded me of a child on Christmas Day who can't wait to see what's inside.
Svend said to us, it's the greatest feeling when you receive something from someone you never met but they care about you. Thank you Jennifer.
Svend signed his lease yesterday for one year. He will live in the Heart of Hollywood a place he is very familiar with and enjoys to be. Not only is he excited but he cannot wait to make a cup of coffee and read a newspaper.
Svend loves coffee and green tea. Once in a while he can have regular coffee but most of the time I, Art, or Thomas brings him decaf.
Svend got a new hearing amplifier until we get a doctors appointment next week. The amplifier works great on one ear but not the other.
We are receiving requests to leave Svends campaign page open for at least a year and gofundme says thats okay to do. We will keep reaching out to those who haven't contributed but would like to and or those who want to continue to contribute. To secure Svend's future, we have raised the bar to $100,000. I know we can do it!
Thanks to all of you! You guys are amazing! Have a wonderful weekend! We will have another update for you on Monday.
Fantastic news! Svend is signing the lease today. Funds are on their way so we can pay for the apartment. We are at $70,000 thanks to all you amazing people.
Danish reporter Charlotte and her crew stopped by yesterday evening to interview and cover the story back in Denmark. She hopes by covering the story that this will also help with the campaign and bring some light to the homeless topic and how real it is. We were impressed how fluent Svend still is in his native language. The crew was so sweet and brought baked goods from Copenhagen Bakery for Svend.
We are currently looking for a Ear Doctor to have Svend's hearing checked. If someone could recommend a great ear doctor in the LA / Valley Area, let us know.
It was a busy day. Svend decided on a very nice apartment in the heart of Hollywood. Its such a great feeling to see him happy, his health and spirit have dramatically improved over the last two weeks.
We met with the tax attorney Gary Slavett from Holtz, Slavett & Drabkin to get consultation on how to proceed with the IRS and how to withdraw the funds. Gary donates his time to help Svend reduce or eliminate the money he owes IRS. Svend can move as soon as we receive the funds. I will be withdrawing the funds on behalf of Svend and then dispersing the funds to Svend.
We are very close to the most important step which is getting Svend into permanent housing.
Next priority, ear doctor.
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