Please Help Us Go Home Again!

$17,919 of $35k goal

Raised by 228 people in 23 months
Philip Bartles  ALBUQUERQUE, NM
My name is Philip Bartles and I am in the Air Force.  Because of this my family and I move around frequently.  We found a home we loved in Catonsville, Maryland, in a community where we were warmly welcomed by neighbors who quickly became close friends. My wife, Veronica, who has a brain tumor that causes her to be sick frequently (trouble breathing, severe muscle pain, etc.), was healthier in Catonsville than anywhere else we've ever lived. The climate was perfect for controlling many of her symptoms. And we decided this would be our home for the rest of our lives.

However, the Air Force had other plans for us, and 3 years ago we had to move away to New Mexico.  But we kept the house in Catonsville, determined to move back as soon as possible.

My wife has been struggling with her symptoms since we got to New Mexico in August 2012, even spending time in the emergency room where, even after several hours of testing, doctors couldn't find a solution to her inability to breathe. The only time she's had relief was when she went back to Maryland to visit and to check on our house.

Happily we have received orders to return to Maryland this August, back to the home we love, and where my wife can be healthy again.

Unfortunately, when she went back to check on the house and prepare it for the move, she discovered that there was significant water and mold damage throughout our beautiful house, making it unlivable.

In order to remove the mold we will need to do a complete interior gut of the house, and renovate back to a livable state. 

Our insurance will not cover any of the damage.

We are scheduled to return in August, and want to have our house available.  Please help!

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Update 10
Posted by Philip Bartles
12 months ago
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The rebuild began in early March and we couldn't be more excited. Things are moving forward. It is amazing to me all the support we have received and the many wonderful people who have helped us in our time of need. Work is progressing, but we can always use help. whether through donations or prayers and good vibes. Thank you all so very much.
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Update 9
Posted by Philip Bartles
15 months ago
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We were so excited a few months ago, when we got a smaller loan that (together with the funds raised here so far) enabled us to get work started on the house. The demolition phase was almost fully completed just before Thanksgiving (yay!!) However, we then hit yet another snag in the process, and we are *still* waiting to hear if we will qualify for the big loan that will allow us to rebuild. I've been waiting to update until I could share more good news, but I'm starting to get discouraged. The longer our house sits with no forward progress, the more I fear we'll never get to go back home. Please, if nothing else, offer a prayer or two for us!
Thanks,
Veronica
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Update 8
Posted by Philip Bartles
18 months ago
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Work has started! Please help us reach the finish line & go home again!
Work has started!
This used to (& will again) be my room
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Update 7
Posted by Philip Bartles
18 months ago
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Work is going to start soon on our house!! Between the money we've collected here (THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!!) and the loan we just received, we now have enough to get things started.

But we still have a ways to go before we can move back home. We're trying to secure a second loan to cover the rest of the work needed to make our house habitable again, but we're about $11,000 short on what we need to qualify for that loan. I've updated the campaign goal to reflect this, and I'm asking for your help again. Please spread the word and help us go home again!

Thank you!
Veronica Bartles
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Kelly Heinen
22 months ago
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I will do what I can by spreading the word!! Hopefully I can donate sometime soon.

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Vicki Cox
22 months ago
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Wishing you all the best sweetie. I've shared your link on my Facebook an Dad and I will keep contributing as we can.

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Julianna Graham
22 months ago
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Can we use social media to shame the insurance company into covering?

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Susan Rosenquist
23 months ago
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That is horrible news about your house! We will be praying for you and spreading the word about the GoFundMe campaign.

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Erica Chapman
21 months ago
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So so sorry you have to go through this. I'm going to donate more after payday. I'll be thinking of you and your family ❤️

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Veronica Bartles
22 months ago
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Oh! A friend just told me that there was a problem when she tried to donate. We're looking into it and hope to have it fixed soon!

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Valori Wilson
22 months ago

Hey, a friend of mine bought a cabin (home) in the mountains that had the same thing happen (pipe burst over the winter and not found till summer)... her fan looked just like yours, mold everywhere... she bought it with a special loan that is offered to keep homes from being abandoned and then torn down... Keep checking for options... most homeowners would walk away from this hot mess... would your bank intercede with the insurance company to keep you from walking away ? Time to get tough !!! I am finally going back to work so we will donate soon. I will repost this next month and keep reposting to keep it fresh in peoples minds. Love you guys ♥

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Veronica Bartles
22 months ago

Julianna, I actually thought of that ... but I don't want to stoop to negative behavior. I did file a report with the Maryland Insurance Administration, and we're trying to pursue every option we possibly can (while still trying to keep a positive, upbeat outlook on the whole situation). Everyone, we appreciate you all so much more than words can express! Every time you share the link, I feel more and more confident that things will work out in the end. ♥

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Veronica Bartles
22 months ago

I appreciate you all more than you could possibly imagine! ♥ ♥ ♥

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$17,919 of $35k goal

Raised by 228 people in 23 months
Created June 6, 2015
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14 months ago
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Good luck!

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17 months ago
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I'm Megan Vandre's Mom and I wish you the best!

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18 months ago
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Susan Rosenquist
18 months ago
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Kelly Heinen
22 months ago
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I will do what I can by spreading the word!! Hopefully I can donate sometime soon.

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Vicki Cox
22 months ago
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Wishing you all the best sweetie. I've shared your link on my Facebook an Dad and I will keep contributing as we can.

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Julianna Graham
22 months ago
2
2

Can we use social media to shame the insurance company into covering?

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Susan Rosenquist
23 months ago
2
2

That is horrible news about your house! We will be praying for you and spreading the word about the GoFundMe campaign.

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Erica Chapman
21 months ago
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So so sorry you have to go through this. I'm going to donate more after payday. I'll be thinking of you and your family ❤️

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Veronica Bartles
22 months ago
1
1

Oh! A friend just told me that there was a problem when she tried to donate. We're looking into it and hope to have it fixed soon!

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VW
Valori Wilson
22 months ago

Hey, a friend of mine bought a cabin (home) in the mountains that had the same thing happen (pipe burst over the winter and not found till summer)... her fan looked just like yours, mold everywhere... she bought it with a special loan that is offered to keep homes from being abandoned and then torn down... Keep checking for options... most homeowners would walk away from this hot mess... would your bank intercede with the insurance company to keep you from walking away ? Time to get tough !!! I am finally going back to work so we will donate soon. I will repost this next month and keep reposting to keep it fresh in peoples minds. Love you guys ♥

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Veronica Bartles
22 months ago

Julianna, I actually thought of that ... but I don't want to stoop to negative behavior. I did file a report with the Maryland Insurance Administration, and we're trying to pursue every option we possibly can (while still trying to keep a positive, upbeat outlook on the whole situation). Everyone, we appreciate you all so much more than words can express! Every time you share the link, I feel more and more confident that things will work out in the end. ♥

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Veronica Bartles
22 months ago

I appreciate you all more than you could possibly imagine! ♥ ♥ ♥

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