At least four times a day for three years Ginger Sprouse drove by Victor Hubbard sitting on the corner at the corner of Nasa Road and El Camino Real in Kemah, Texas. Like a lot of people, she grew concerned for the friendly-looking man, and in December she finally decided to roll down her window and ask him what he was doing there.
“It really began to concern me and then I talked to a lot of people in the community and a lot of people wondered what was the deal,” Sprouse told KHOU.
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It turns out that Hubbard, who suffers from mental health issues, was waiting for his mother to return. Three years ago she told him to wait for her to come back, so he did. For three years he waited for her on that corner—through cold, heat, and rain.
After speaking with him, Sprouse, a wife and mother, knew she needed to help. So she set up a Facebook group called This is Victor. Through the page, the community rallied around Hubbard, and raised much-needed money for his medical care.
“I listen to people talking around town and keep hearing ‘someone needs to do something about that guy,’” Sprouse explained in a Facebook post when she first launched the page. “So, I will be the organizer and I hope that we as a community can be ‘someone’ together.”
But she didn’t stop there. Sprouse, a chef who owns Art of the Meal in nearby Clear Lake, welcomed Hubbard into her home, fed him, clothed him, and even gave him a job in her kitchen.
“She came around and she kind of saved me,” Hubbard told KHOU. “She helped me. It’s like grace.”
Now, This is Victor has more than 9,000 fans, and together the community has raised upwards of $17,000 (visit the Go Fund Me campaign here) to help him build a new life. And thanks to his Facebook friends, Hubbard recently reunited with his mother.
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“I got to talk to her, and I really feel like I accomplished something,” he told KHOU.
And so does Sprouse.