As part of her daily routine—eat breakfast, get dressed, read the morning paper—Ginger Sprouse, a married mom from Texas, United States, was also accustomed to the sight of Victor Hubbard, always in the same corner of the street, as she drove past him on her way to work.
Irrespective of the weather, Victor was always found in that spot, passively staring into the distance as pedestrians and motorists zoomed past him.
Intrigued, Ginger Sprouse finally stopped her car one day to talk with the lone stranger whom she had seen sitting in the same spot for the past three years!
What she found out upon conversing with the homeless man broke her heart. She figured out that Victor, then 32 years old, was diagnosed with mental illness, and had been left behind by his mother, who had dropped him off at the street corner Ginger saw him at every day. The reason why Victor didn’t budge from his spot, come hell or high water, was because he hoped that his mother would one day return to pick him up.
Victor made his own dinner tonight- a Texas sized burrito. He looks pretty pleased with himself! 😁
Determined to know more about him, Ginger frequently visited Victor in his corner and finally decided to share his story with the rest of the world by setting up a Facebook page for him called “This is Victor.” As reported in the Mirror, Ginger wrote the following post on Dec. 21, 2016: “I drive by Victor’s corner at least four times a day. I listen to people talking around town and keep hearing someone needs to do something about that guy. So, I will be the organizer and I hope that we as a community can be ‘someone’ together.”
Unrelenting in her efforts, she also set up a GoFundMe page to help raise funds from the community to help Victor receive the medical treatment he required. Through another post on the page, she writes: “We as a community are coming together to find him the mental health help he needs. That is priority one, once we get him stable in that regard, it is my desire to see him in a peaceful home with friends to support him, and even a job. If you want to meet someone who is eternally optimistic, positive and humble go visit him. He will out-bless you every time.”
V whipped himself up a little Sunday morning breakfast! 😁
While the story spread and the community listened in as a whole, Ginger made sure that Victor no longer had to spend his days living on the street. She employed Victor full-time at her cooking school, Art of the Meal, routinely cooked meals, did his laundry, and also ensured he got the medical attention he needed by accompanying him to mental health clinics.
Pretty awesome when you get to work with your favorite people!
Filled with joy and gratitude, Victor told KHOU.com, “She came around and she kind of saved me. She helped me. It’s like grace.” All of Ginger’s efforts reached fruition as they helped Victor reunite with his mother and uncle. “It was wonderful. I got to embrace her again because I really miss her. We belong together,” Victor said of his mother.
Overjoyed and overwhelmed by the response, Ginger thanked the community for acting as a collective whole in a GoFundMe post, describing how well things were progressing with Victor, her newest best friend.
In a December 2018 post, Victor landed a new job on his own. He also mentioned that he now tries to be appreciative for everything that comes his way.
Victor currently lives in the hill country and has his own place on the property.