UPDATED: Reader-submitted: Our Family is about to be Evicted – Fund Set Up

opinionDear Readers: I am writing this letter as a long-time resident of our wonderful Ihr Hatorah V’Chesed Lakewood.

Everyone knows of the tough financial situation the community has been facing the last few years. I used to be the proud manager of a sizeable electronics company. I worked long hours finding myself away from home approximately 12-13 hours a day. We didn’t get paid a salary large enough to correctly support our family, but I worked as hard as I could anyway. Then, two years ago, I became Ill, lost my job, and had to have heart surgery to save my life. I am baruch Hashem healthy now and am seeking work.

We are a family of 12 people, and, being way past the foreclosure stage, we are now facing the terrible prospect of being evicted from our home.

From The Roshei Yeshiva Shlita to Rabbonim in town, to askonim who have kindly given of their time, all have expressed the desire that something urgently needs to be done and soon.

We have attempted to find rental housing but have not found any rental unit that would be open to (and fit) a family with ten children. While many people have floated different ideas (none of which have born fruit) the one solution that could work is to buy the house back from the bank.

The sum of approximately $300,000 must be raised before Shevuos so the house can be purchased back from them. This would keep our family in our home. For those who may say impossible, This is Lakewood Ihr Hatorah and Ihr Hachesed. Nothing is impossible for Klal Yisroel and Lakewood has proved that time and again.

It is with a heavy heart that I turn to the Tzibbur and ask for help. We have nowhere to go and no way to get there.

To offer help, please email [email protected], or contact Harav Lebie Gruber 732-278-5188 after 5:00 p.m.

Tizku Lmitzvos.

UPDATE: A local Askan has set up an online fund to assist the family. It can be accessed here. https://life.indiegogo.com/fundraisers/help-save-my-home–70

(Editor’s note: TLS has verified the accuracy of the above information.)

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  1. I think setting up something online would help raise more money. Maybe reach out to Duvy Perkowski at duvys.com and he can set up a page like has done for other tzedakas.I feel your pain and I wish you much hatzlacha and bracha, you should never know any more tzaros and heartache.

  2. I feel really bad for you and your situation. I have seen many townhomes for rent posted. A 5 bedroom home should be adequate space for 10 children.

  3. Could be the rent of a large townhome is too high for them. Also, possibly most owners don’t want to rent to such a large family.

  4. A few short years ago, I was exactly where you are. B”H everybody was healthy but owns in a late stage of foreclosure. Yes, Lakewood is a great town when it comes to chesed, the oilum helped me out. I can’t give you any more details, but one thing I can say is stay strong and stand upright, the people will help you and you will not be deserted.
    Hatzlachah Rabbah

  5. I truly feel for this family, if it is true. Why should I believe a story that someone just posted on TLS? Does this have the haskama of someone we can believe and trust? Our community is so full of chesed but that doesn’t mean we have to be naïve and fall for every sob story! We have already heard of scams. How do I know this isn’t one of them?

  6. #10 – if you read the very last line of the above article you will see the following ‘TLS has verified the accuracy of the above information’
    I think you can go with that if you really wish to help.
    Just as an aside – you say you feel for this family… well, how do you think they are going to feel when they see your not-so-nice comment?

  7. To Cool Masmid, I really didn’t write the comment to be mean. When someone comes to the door to ask for a donation, I ask to see the ishur and I considered this to be a similar situation. I only wanted to verify the truth of the post. I’m sorry but I didn’t notice the editor’s note at the end (Was it added on later on or did I just miss it?). There is nothing mean about verifying that tzedakah collections are legitimate. Unfortunately, there are fakers out there and my tzedakah funds are limited. I once had a $5 tzedakah check changed to $50 by the collector to whom I had also given my son’s sweater when he told me he was cold.

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