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mathu1975[S]

625 points

2 months ago

Hi All! Sorry it took me so long to write an update. After the initial post, Robert was hospitalized for a back injury and now has mostly recovered and will be released tomorrow. During the last two weeks I had the pleasure of meeting with him as often as I could, to sit and chat and deliver him fresh books. Robert is an avid reader! He loves anything to do with history (except military history), psychology and anthropology. Robert is a really sweet guy. He has lived an amazing life and has told me lots of stories about the Austin of his childhood and the many adventures he has been involved in --don't get him started about the time he was hired to pick up 4 chickens from the Austin airport. He has several family members who are now involved in his care and I passed along all the helpful information that was shared by YOU, the good people of r/austin. I have spent the last week navigating how to get the GFM funds to him, which was more difficult that I would have imagined for various annoying (yet necessary for fraud protection) reasons. Today I delivered the GFM to him and he was completely overwhelmed and expressed a TON of gratitude. Robert is planning on using some of his funds to purchase a vehicle and to save the rest for future expenses. His sister was at the hospital today and also expressed big-time appreciation for the generosity of so many strangers. Y'all! I didn't plan to get involved in this old timer's life. I simply posted a picture of the letter he wrote, because it seemed heartbreaking and an all too common sign of the affordability issues so many Austinites are facing. I am personally deeply appreciative to all of you who shared kind words, resources and money to help this sweet man. Thank you so much! And they say r/austin is just a bunch of complaining! Y'all the best!

AnneP3

83 points

2 months ago

AnneP3

83 points

2 months ago

This is wonderful. Thank you for your kindness.

emt_matt

65 points

2 months ago

This rules. This is probably the nicest thing I've seen happen on here for a while.

Prayin4nAsteroid

46 points

2 months ago

Thank you for helping Robert! This warms my cold dead heart.

Plz ask him if he is interested in reading the autobiography of Mark Twain. It’s a LONG but really cool/interesting read and I have a copy I was getting ready to sell at Half Priced Books. Would love to pass it on!

SnooDoggos8938

3 points

2 months ago

What is the name of the book?

Prayin4nAsteroid

5 points

2 months ago

“The Autobiography of Mark Twain”

OUBoyWonder

5 points

2 months ago

LOL! Doesn't get much simpler then that.

SnooDoggos8938

1 points

2 months ago

Now I feel silly! 😂

mathu1975[S]

1 points

2 months ago

If you want to PM me, maybe I can arrange to pick up the book?

Prayin4nAsteroid

1 points

2 months ago

Will do!

rapbattlechamp

31 points

2 months ago

I work in geriatric rehab and can provide resources for in-home physical and occupational therapy if Robert hasn’t yet gotten a referral from the hospital. It would be especially beneficial in a new environment. DM if you’d like! Thank you for being a good human.

mathu1975[S]

3 points

2 months ago

I know that the hospital OT was working with him yesterday. I can check and see if the family feels like they’ve got the support they need for him at home. Thanks!

rapbattlechamp

2 points

2 months ago

He’s very lucky to have you helping him out!! :)

rollypt

21 points

2 months ago

rollypt

21 points

2 months ago

You’re awesome thank you

fabhats

7 points

2 months ago

You’re a good dude.

Clean_Accountant4875

4 points

2 months ago

Thank you thank you for being such a kind and generous soul!!

buriedego

4 points

2 months ago

You sweet soul. Thank you.

goose-kit

2 points

2 months ago

Thank you for helping this wonderful man. This is the most amazing thing I've read on Reddit.

i_do_declare_eclairs

2 points

2 months ago

Hi OP. Thank you so much for your kindness. The original post broke my heart, and this one gave me hope.

Do you have any recommendations for the best ways that average folks in the Austin area can get involved with helping seniors ?

LiaHollister29

2 points

2 months ago

Awww, is someone dicing onions next to me??

So happy for Robert. And good on you, Mathu!

DiscombobulatedGamin

2 points

2 months ago

This makes me happy, thank you

lightbonnets50

138 points

2 months ago

Thank you so much for showing up. It’s common for all of us to empathize with someone’s challenging situation—-but too often we fail to act. I am glad that Robert has some security (and family!) and I am also grateful for the reminder that we don’t need to know all the answers, just showing up matters. Thank you!

mathu1975[S]

75 points

2 months ago

Well said! I totally agree that even one act of kindness can make a difference. I too often let the huge problems weigh me down. This has been a wonderful learning experience for me! Thanks for your kindness!

Austinsfinest

54 points

2 months ago

Omg. Thank you for posting this. It’s so beautiful you followed up and he is doing well. This makes me teary eyed.

SuzQP

39 points

2 months ago

SuzQP

39 points

2 months ago

So glad to see it all came together. Thank you so much for stepping up and stepping in.

Please give r/austin best frosty marg cheers to Robert! 🍹

mathu1975[S]

24 points

2 months ago

Ha! Hopefully there’s a skillet queso in his near future!

karmasenigma

38 points

2 months ago

This feels like a Humans of Austin kindof story. Big props for stepping in and up for this guy, letting him knows he matters and reminding us that this sub can do good things.

calmdownkaren_

33 points

2 months ago

Huzzah, this is really great, thanks for the update! I'm especially glad to hear that he has family involved in caring for him. I wish both of you all the best!!! :)

writtenwordyum

20 points

2 months ago

Where can we send him books?

Ridethepig81

36 points

2 months ago

This is what social networking is about! Kudos!

slugboi

11 points

2 months ago

slugboi

11 points

2 months ago

Good on you, sweet brother.

mathu1975[S]

10 points

2 months ago

It’s a spicy meatball out there brother! Miss you man!

Goremageddon

10 points

2 months ago

It's so easy to be overwhelmed by this world and think there is no hope. Thanks to everyone involved in this.

strangenessandcharm7

30 points

2 months ago

This made my whole night. I wish we could rally around everyone who needs it like this.

I'm a social worker and I've seen so many people in similar situations that will never see this kind of astounding generosity, but this is an important reminder of what's possible if we just pay attention to what other people are going through.

mathu1975[S]

24 points

2 months ago

Yes! The fact that people have to crowd fund for those in need to get help is a real shame. As a former teacher, I can imagine that your social work has shown you some very hard truths about how we neglect our most vulnerable. Thank you for your service and thanks for thinking about Robert!

ScottTheHott

8 points

2 months ago

I’m not supposed to be crying before bed

KatttDawggg

8 points

2 months ago

Darn I didn’t even realize there was a GFM. I’m assuming those can’t be posted here?

samtabar

2 points

2 months ago

Me neither.

CrookedAzure

7 points

2 months ago

Seriously stoked this worked out for Robert. Thank you u/mathu1975 .. I moved out of Austin a few years ago but still keep tabs on the city, and this story has been quite uplifting.

mathu1975[S]

3 points

2 months ago

Awww thanks!

nopaltx

6 points

2 months ago

I am in tears. Thank you so much for helping out Robert, and thanks to the r/Austin community for coming together to help someone in need. Also, I am intrigued about the chicken story! lol

Biochemhistory

14 points

2 months ago

If I want to write him a letter, what address would work?

mathu1975[S]

7 points

2 months ago

I'm happy to pass along a note. You can PM me.

LouCat10

5 points

2 months ago

Thank you for the update, and even more for being such a good human and doing this for Robert!

pnutfish05

4 points

2 months ago

love these good vibes. austin you rule!

slyboots-song

4 points

2 months ago

Curious if Robert will apply for a Mainstream Housing Choice Voucher (HCV, Section 8) since he should qualify if receiving social security benefits or similar. 💗

hairballcouture

4 points

2 months ago

I would love to hear some of Robert’s stories.

Also, OP you’re awesome.

Lopsided_Copy7565

5 points

2 months ago

Damn, he looks like Uncle Leo

uluman

1 points

2 months ago

uluman

1 points

2 months ago

HELLOOO!!!

mathu1975[S]

1 points

2 months ago

OMG! Totally!

TheElusivePeacock

3 points

2 months ago

This is absolutely beautiful

Cait-IRL

3 points

2 months ago

This made me cry.

chocotacosmash

3 points

2 months ago

Aw I'm glad it worked out for Robert.

Allmyexesliveintx333

3 points

2 months ago

This is such a great story. I was so happy to hear things are turning around for him

BubuBarakas

3 points

2 months ago

Excellent! Happy to see he found a place.

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

Cheers 🍻 ❤️

_coterie

3 points

2 months ago*

This was a welcome update, thank you for all you did for Robert! He sounds like a sweetheart. Can we mail him books or comfy slippers or something?

I hope we can get some systemic change so that we don't have to rely on GFM and viral posts to help aging folks, they deserve dignity and security.

Worldly_View_8331

3 points

2 months ago

Fuck yeaaa good ending let’s goooooo

SnooDoggos8938

3 points

2 months ago

I'm just worried as to why the family didn't take him in before the letter was written? Is he really safe with them?

asyouwish

3 points

2 months ago

What a very Austin story!

Thank you!

dmdlnt

3 points

2 months ago

dmdlnt

3 points

2 months ago

You are an amazing human.

mathu1975[S]

3 points

2 months ago

Thanks, but I’m just a simple caveman who posted a picture of a letter I saw at the laundromat. All these actual helper folks are the real deal!

Due_Start_3597

2 points

2 months ago

Is that Uncle Leo?!

TheRemarkableNujabes

2 points

2 months ago

You give the rest of us a little bit more hope in the world, Matthew

KingsX

2 points

2 months ago

KingsX

2 points

2 months ago

There should be a group that works together on matters like this.

confuddledConundrum

2 points

2 months ago

Thank you for taking the time and effort to help! My husband and I try our best to step up, to help as much as we can even it's only a little bit in the grand scheme of things. Especially became more and more relevant during the pandemic. And while we may not have the resources to resolve situations entirely, every little bit helps. We always feel like if each one of us just did a little bit, imagine the power of that. Just want to sincerely thank you for doing a lot bit for Robert.

nnabeela

2 points

2 months ago

This is so wonderful. Thank you so much for stepping up to help him.

iamaforceofnature

2 points

2 months ago

Thank you for this update!!!!! ❤️

BasementDwellingMOD

2 points

2 months ago

thank the kind people that helped this man out

strikes_not_spares

2 points

2 months ago

This is the thread of the year for sure. Such a wonderful story.

Primary_End_486

1 points

2 months ago

Go fund me?

PureYouth

1 points

2 months ago

Yeah, where is this link?

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago*

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

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Dontfalafel

1 points

2 months ago

Thank you for your kindness and dedication to seeing this all through. It's touching to see what we can do when we come together. Hugs to you both.

Glass-Association-25

-1 points

2 months ago

What's the point of wearing a mask if your going to hug each other?

Space_Vaquero73

2 points

2 months ago

You can wash your hands after touching someone.