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HSBC Bank: Stop the eviction of horse farm therapy center for autistic children
  • Petitioned HSBC press office

This petition was delivered to:

HSBC press office
Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Robert M. Clements
Executive Vice President, Mortgage Operations
Michael C. Koster
HSBC Bank Rep
Lisa Sodeika
HSBC Bank Rep
Diane Soucy Bergan

HSBC Bank: Stop the eviction of horse farm therapy center for autistic children

    1. Marilyn Peterson
    2. Petition by

      Marilyn Peterson

      Snellville, GA

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June 2013

Victory

My family and I have been fighting with the banks for almost three years to save our home, and the home of Parkwood Farms Therapy Center where children with special needs learn and grow by working with horses. The bank refused to negotiate a new loan or even begin talks to avoid eviction -- until I started a petition on Change.org. Thanks to your help and the 195,510 people who signed my petition, the bank was willing to work with us! I’m happy to say that while there’s still work ahead to fund all aspects of the center, next week we meet with HSBC and Everhome bank to officially close on the property. We’ve saved the farm, and classes will continue for all the kids who have special needs in the area. I can’t express to you how much it means to me and everyone who needs the farm -- you truly helped my community stay together. Keep being a change-maker. Sincerely, Dr. Marilyn Peterson

I sold my home in Norcross, GA to build the Parkwood Farms Therapy Center 11 years ago to provide non-traditional therapy for children suffering with autism- like my 16 year old son, Julian, through horseback riding. Children come to my farm and are transformed by these unique opportunities. But now, an eviction stemming from a wrongful foreclosure is threatening to shut down the entire therapy center and farm, as well as displace three generations of my family.

A few years ago, we discovered that the loan we took out on the farm was in fact a predatory loan. Our original loan was sold to another company and our rates more than doubled. We have been trying to work with the banks to modify the loan but instead, we were served with an eviction notice last week. Now, we are seeking a temporary stay on the foreclosure.

We were forced to suspend our classes and move all of our horses to an animal rescue. This wrongful foreclosure is not just affecting my family- it's affecting the 40+ children and their families and over one hunderd volunteers who depend upon Parkwood Farms Therapy Center. Children like Maya, who came to Parkwood unable to speak and one year later is communicating through words and song. Or Branden whose father says "I tried all kinds of activities with him...and being one-on-one with the horse is probably the greatest thing for him. He looks forward to it every single week."

Please sign our petition and tell Everhome Mortgage and HSBC bank to stop the forced eviction and modify our loan to make sure we can keep the Parkwood Farms Therapy Center open so children can continue to benefit from its unique and important therapies.

To:
HSBC press office
Robert M. Clements, Chairman of the Board & Chief Executive Officer
Michael C. Koster, Executive Vice President, Mortgage Operations
Lisa Sodeika, HSBC Bank Rep
Diane Soucy Bergan, HSBC Bank Rep
Stop the eviction of horse farm therapy center for autistic children

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory!!! A new note from Dr. Peterson:

      Ryan Eller
      Petition Organizer

      My family and I have been fighting with the banks for almost three years to save our home, and the home of Parkwood Farms Therapy Center where children with special needs learn and grow by working with horses. The bank refused to negotiate a new loan or even begin talks to avoid eviction -- until I started a petition on Change.org.

      Thanks to your help and the 195,525 people who signed my petition, the bank was willing to work with us! I’m happy to say that while there’s still work ahead to fund all aspects of the center, next week we meet with HSBC and Everhome bank to officially close on the property. We’ve saved the farm, and classes will continue for all the kids who have special needs in the area.

      I can’t express to you how much it means to me and everyone who needs the farm -- you truly helped my community stay together. Keep being a change-maker.

      Sincerely,

      Dr. Marilyn Peterson

    2. Important Update from Dr. Peterson:

      Ryan Eller
      Petition Organizer

      Parkwood Farms Therapy Center has resumed classes for the children with special needs in our care! Because of your support, HSBC agreed not to evict us through the holidays. The eviction is on hold, but it is a verbal agreement and could be overturned at any time. Yesterday the bank agreed to resume negotiations. It's clear that HSBC has been swayed by the enormous public response, and I want to thank you and our children thank you!
      The threat of eviction still looms, so we still need your help. Please consider making a small donation to our cause. Through our fundraising partner, It Matters to This One, (im2to.com), you can give as little as a dollar, and continue to stay updated on our efforts. Any amount donation matters to save Parkwood.
      Please continue to share the petition and spread the word to friends and family about our campaign to get HSBC to prevent an unnecessary eviction and let us buy back our own farm!
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    3. Reached 150,000 signatures
    4. Farm for special needs children fights foreclosure

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator
      Farm for special needs children fights foreclosure

      Since Thursday, Parkwood Farms has been closed to the children it has served for more than a decade. The farm is in foreclosure and now the owner and founder Dr. Marilyn Peterson is fighting to get a temporary restraining order to fight the eviction. The farm provides therapy through horses for children with learning disabilities.

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • shiloah fresquez SOUTH JORDAN, UT
      • about 1 year ago

      because they really really do good with this type of therapy an if it was my child i would want it to be available for him or her

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    • adrian` mctiernan REDCAR, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      a loan from a predatory company is a terrible thing. I pray that HSBC will do all it can to ensure that this lady can keep her home and not be evicted. I sincerly hope that Everhome Mortgage goes bankrupt and vanishes without doing this to others. It should be called Evermorgage home instead, and people could take warning. It should be illegal to sell a loan to another company anyway, otherwise you have no security of arrangement.

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    • Deanna Simington ONTARIO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Because our home of 13 years is also up for foreclosure. We have been trying to work on a modification for 4 years. We were with Countrywide and was bought by Bank of America. They refuse to work with us....

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    • Patrice Woodworth WINONA, MN
      • about 1 year ago

      Because people respond very positively to horse therapy especially calming for autistic children

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    • Corinne Brown OAKLAND, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      Let's talk it out and help these autistic kids and their families keep their farm center open.

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