Help UT Wendy's Guy Get off the streets

$30,457 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 1,549 people in 32 months
Benjamin McPhaul  AUSTIN, TX
If you went to the University of Texas in the last 10-15 years and ate at the Wendy's in the Union EVEN once, you remember Junior. THIS MONEY WILL ABSOLUTELY GO TO JUNIOR AND WILL BE DONE SO IN A MANNER THAT WILL BETTER HIS LIFE!! The Daily Texan wrote about his departure a few years ago that he was returning to New York and heralded him as our "Beloved Wendy's Guy." Junior made me laugh as a student and was always smiling. Last night, February 7th, 2014, my fiancee and I ran into Junior on the street near Campus. His mother passed away and left him homeless. This breaks my heart and I want to help, but I cant do it alone. Lets raise some money to get Junior back on his feet!! All proceeds will go towards getting Junior a place to live and a job
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Update 8
5 months ago

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As you may have seen, Junior passed away this week. The money that was raised ran out February 2016. Your generous support helped him have a roof over his head and food for almost 2 years. Thanks again
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Update 7
32 months ago

Thank you so very much to everyone who helped or offered to help!! I never would have imagined that this would get as big as it has gotten. I have been in contact with Junior and we are working as fast as we can to get these funds to him an a safe and secure manner. Thanks again for everythjng!
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Update 6
32 months ago

To all those people that have offered to help get Junior a job, he was delighted to hear that. We want to make sure that this money is spent in a way that will help Junior in the LONG RUN, not just a temporary fix. Again, thanks to all the contributors, this money is going to positively alter his life.
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Update 5
32 months ago

We found Junior!!! Thank you again to everyone that has donated, we are amazed with the support everyone has shown Junior! We had lunch with him this afternoon and his top priority was getting off the streets. We are working with some case workers and attorneys to figure out how to secure a furnished apartment ASAP.
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Nadia Laabs
5 months ago

(and most importantly, allowing us to participate)

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Nadia Laabs
5 months ago

So sad to hear, but hopefully he had the support and love from those that cared around him until the end. Thanks again, Paul, for making this happen and filling his heart with so much love for the last 2 years.

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Eugenia Beh
32 months ago

Thank YOU Paul for starting this campaign to help Junior and for finding him!! Please let us know if there is more that we can do to help and give Junior our love!

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Xuening Sun
32 months ago

Great job on taking the initiative on this. Really awesome work! But I don't understand all this talk about the money going to efforts to help Junior in the long run. Why not just give him the money?

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Naveed Lalani
32 months ago

Great work on getting this campaign up and going! Question - why are donations closed when there might still be people out there (myself included) that want to support him (as long as the money is being used responsibly for his long-term betterment)?

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Ellen Lazaretti
32 months ago

Like many others, I contacted Wendy's over the weekend about Junior's situation. Here's their response: "Wendys recognizes and appreciates the wonderful outpouring of support for Junior, a former employee at our University of Texas campus restaurant in Austin. We would also like to support him by offering Junior independent professional services that can help him right away. We are proud to serve the UT Austin community and all of our customers."

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Nathan Sportsman
32 months ago

Nice job Ben. Way to step in and take the lead on doing something

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Mary Lou Price
32 months ago

I'm so excited about this. I wish I'd thought of it when I first heard he was in trouble. To Vanessa, I would say that if you don't like this idea, just don't contribute.

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Tracy Smith
32 months ago

This is such a great story! I just tweeted Wendy's -Oprah & ABC NEWS!! This deserves national coverage .. Warms my

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Liem Huynh
32 months ago

Why does an attorney need to involve in helping him secure a living space? Just curious =]

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Kacy Schwartz
32 months ago

Wendy's responded to my Facebook post that they are reaching out as well. Keep us all updated!!

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Prashant De
32 months ago

Hello Longhorns! This is a wonderful way to give back but before we think of solutions to either build him a house, give him cash in our own bubble etc why dont we : just ask Junior how he wants to be helped? In this simple way we include Junior into the effort and worry less about money going missing. I'm sure Ben is an honest man, we just need Junior to be aware this is happening and have a voice. Prashant, UT alum '05

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Kerry Justice
32 months ago

I hope there is some kind of oversight to make sure this money makes it to Junior. I don't just want it to "go to help him". I want it to go to him. If you can, please post some information so we have better certitude he's going to be receiving these donations properly. I'd feel a lot more comfortable sharing this story with people in that case. Why not contact the Daily Texan and let them know about this fundraiser? Hell, I'm going to send them an e-mail right now just in case.

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Major Hoffman
32 months ago

Re: to Vanessa Mizutowicz - This is the tool that Ben had available at the time. If you don't like the method, figure out another way and don't contribute - it's that simple. No need to taint a good thing :)

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Robert Booth
32 months ago

Junior didn't work for Wendy's, he worked for the vendor that provided food service at the Texas Union.

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Rachel Henson
32 months ago

#payitforward he made all 10 years of my undergrad bearable!

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Natasha Thanatos
32 months ago

I just want to point out that those who have seen the documentary know how much Wendy's at the Union took care of him when he worked there, so please be sensitive and don't dog on Wendy's without knowing more details about what happened. I am sure Wendy's will help him too.

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Jordan Brackett
32 months ago

OMG I would happily volunteer if we could build a house for Junior! Great guy with a great heart. Thank you for the opportunity to help him!

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Vanessa Mizutowicz
32 months ago

Do you all realize that the platform website will keep almost 10% of the donation?

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Vanessa Mizutowicz
32 months ago

So if Junior moved to New York a few years ago, what is the story on why he is back in Austin now?

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$30,457 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 1,549 people in 32 months
Created February 7, 2014
$51
Anonymous
5 months ago
FA
$50
Fay Ah
5 months ago
DA
$50
Dan Atkinson
14 months ago

You made my day so many times back in college.

TB
$30
Tracy Blackmon
28 months ago

Thanks for brightening so many days for so many people. Many blessings to you. Hook em.

$10
Anonymous
29 months ago
JC
$50
Josh Campbell
30 months ago

Yes! You never remember every concept learned in every class, but you'll never forget those friendly faces that were there to make even the most stressful days enjoyable. Great campaign.

GG
$100
Gina Garza
30 months ago

Thanks Junior for making my lunch at UT smooth, quick, and memorable! You are awesome!

$10
Anonymous
30 months ago
$20
Anonymous
30 months ago
$10
Anonymous
31 months ago
Nadia Laabs
5 months ago

(and most importantly, allowing us to participate)

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Nadia Laabs
5 months ago

So sad to hear, but hopefully he had the support and love from those that cared around him until the end. Thanks again, Paul, for making this happen and filling his heart with so much love for the last 2 years.

+ Read More
Eugenia Beh
32 months ago

Thank YOU Paul for starting this campaign to help Junior and for finding him!! Please let us know if there is more that we can do to help and give Junior our love!

+ Read More
Xuening Sun
32 months ago

Great job on taking the initiative on this. Really awesome work! But I don't understand all this talk about the money going to efforts to help Junior in the long run. Why not just give him the money?

+ Read More
Naveed Lalani
32 months ago

Great work on getting this campaign up and going! Question - why are donations closed when there might still be people out there (myself included) that want to support him (as long as the money is being used responsibly for his long-term betterment)?

+ Read More
Ellen Lazaretti
32 months ago

Like many others, I contacted Wendy's over the weekend about Junior's situation. Here's their response: "Wendys recognizes and appreciates the wonderful outpouring of support for Junior, a former employee at our University of Texas campus restaurant in Austin. We would also like to support him by offering Junior independent professional services that can help him right away. We are proud to serve the UT Austin community and all of our customers."

+ Read More
Nathan Sportsman
32 months ago

Nice job Ben. Way to step in and take the lead on doing something

+ Read More
Mary Lou Price
32 months ago

I'm so excited about this. I wish I'd thought of it when I first heard he was in trouble. To Vanessa, I would say that if you don't like this idea, just don't contribute.

+ Read More
Tracy Smith
32 months ago

This is such a great story! I just tweeted Wendy's -Oprah & ABC NEWS!! This deserves national coverage .. Warms my

+ Read More
Liem Huynh
32 months ago

Why does an attorney need to involve in helping him secure a living space? Just curious =]

+ Read More
Kacy Schwartz
32 months ago

Wendy's responded to my Facebook post that they are reaching out as well. Keep us all updated!!

+ Read More
Prashant De
32 months ago

Hello Longhorns! This is a wonderful way to give back but before we think of solutions to either build him a house, give him cash in our own bubble etc why dont we : just ask Junior how he wants to be helped? In this simple way we include Junior into the effort and worry less about money going missing. I'm sure Ben is an honest man, we just need Junior to be aware this is happening and have a voice. Prashant, UT alum '05

+ Read More
Kerry Justice
32 months ago

I hope there is some kind of oversight to make sure this money makes it to Junior. I don't just want it to "go to help him". I want it to go to him. If you can, please post some information so we have better certitude he's going to be receiving these donations properly. I'd feel a lot more comfortable sharing this story with people in that case. Why not contact the Daily Texan and let them know about this fundraiser? Hell, I'm going to send them an e-mail right now just in case.

+ Read More
Major Hoffman
32 months ago

Re: to Vanessa Mizutowicz - This is the tool that Ben had available at the time. If you don't like the method, figure out another way and don't contribute - it's that simple. No need to taint a good thing :)

+ Read More
Robert Booth
32 months ago

Junior didn't work for Wendy's, he worked for the vendor that provided food service at the Texas Union.

+ Read More
Rachel Henson
32 months ago

#payitforward he made all 10 years of my undergrad bearable!

+ Read More
Natasha Thanatos
32 months ago

I just want to point out that those who have seen the documentary know how much Wendy's at the Union took care of him when he worked there, so please be sensitive and don't dog on Wendy's without knowing more details about what happened. I am sure Wendy's will help him too.

+ Read More
Jordan Brackett
32 months ago

OMG I would happily volunteer if we could build a house for Junior! Great guy with a great heart. Thank you for the opportunity to help him!

+ Read More
Vanessa Mizutowicz
32 months ago

Do you all realize that the platform website will keep almost 10% of the donation?

+ Read More
Vanessa Mizutowicz
32 months ago

So if Junior moved to New York a few years ago, what is the story on why he is back in Austin now?

+ Read More
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