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Georgia Community Rallies to Stop Eviction Of Therapeutic Equestrian Center for Children with Disabilities

Han Shan on November 14, 2012
Posted in: Home Defense

East of Atlanta, in Snellville, GA., a beloved therapeutic horse riding center for children with disabilities is facing imminent eviction.

Dr. Marilyn Peterson, who owns the property and helps run the center, Parkwood Farms, has issued a plea for support to help save this critical community asset. The Sheriff's department arrived last week to carry out the eviction, although Dr. Peterson and the center had received no prior notice. After seeing the children and horses, the officer reportedly decided to reschedule.

While the eviction came as a surprise, Dr. Peterson has been fighting the banks for over two years. Her case is in litigation right now in federal court. While Dr. Peterson's pro bono lawyers are convinced she has a very strong case, it could be years before there's a decision—years Parkwood Farms doesn't have.

Dr. Peterson has decided to stay and fight to keep her land, and the community has responded with support. On Monday, Occupy Our Homes Atlanta, American Friends Service Committee, the Mayor of Snellville, and the entire Snellville City Council held a press conference and rally in support of Parkwood Farms. The message was clear; the community can't afford to lose Parkwood to HSBC Bank.

As the petition to HSBC Bank and mortgage servicer Everhome Mortgage states:

Parkwood Farms is dedicated to enriching the lives of physically, emotionally, and mentally challenged children and adults by offering a spectrum of therapeutic services in one, safe, and loving environment. Our community simply can't afford to lose Parkwood Farms. Please negotiate with Parkwood Farms so the program can continue to bring much needed hope, healing, and love to our children and our community.

In addition to the press conference, a large candlelight vigil was held last night, and local press is reporting on the story. But HSBC and Everhome need to know that people across the nation are following this fight, and standing with Parkwood Farms and all the kids who benefit from the center. 

Please, SIGN THE PETITION NOW.

To learn more, see the blog of Atlanta's American Friends Service Committee, which informed the above post.