Some parents teach their kids that if they are ever lost, to stay in one place and wait for them to return rather than looking around. This healthy, sensible advice allows the parent to find the child by retracing steps instead of searching the whole area.
However, this situation really only makes sense in the short term.
It seems as though Victor Hubbard might have received this lesson from his mother but had taken it completely literally.
Back in 2013, his mom dropped him off at a spot on the street in Texas telling him she’d return. Three years later, he had stuck to that same spot, hopeful that she would keep her word.
For 3 years, Ginger Sprouse would drive past Victor Hubbard, until one day she stopped to help.
Every day on her way to work, Sprouse would drive past the homeless Hubbard sitting in that same spot. At first she looked down on him.
“I would say, ‘Why don’t you get a job?’ or ‘What’s your problem?’” Sprouse told CBS Evening News.
In June of 2016, after 3 years of passing by, she finally decided to pay him a visit. When she learned that Hubbard had been waiting for his mother who abandoned him for all those years, her own motherly instincts started to kick in.
“I had called the police department and social services and every agency I could think of to say ‘Can somebody please help him?'” Sprouse told Dateline NBC.
She soon started a Facebook page for Hubbard and GoFundMe as well, hoping to pay for his medical expenses, clothing, and other needs. She gave him a job at her catering business, The Art of The Meal, and let him stay at her house when the outside temperatures dropped.
Support came in from all over with Sprouse’s campaign raising over $36,000 in just 6 months. The community did a lot to help Hubbard, including throwing a block party for him with over 200 people in attendance.
That party was just over a year ago, but Hubbard’s life has already changed so much. Alteia.org gave us the full update.
Thanks to Sprouse, Hubbard is off the streets and doing better than ever.
Hubbard is now officially off the streets, living with the Sprouses as a full-on family member. He gets along great with the Sprouse’s two sons, particularly the youngest who has yet to venture off to college.
His Art of The Meal experience landed him a job at Chick-fil-A where he seems to be happy. Sprouse told Alteia that he feels a great sense of independence being able to ride his bike to work.
Hubbard’s story was featured in a Mass Mutual commercial that aired in February 2018 just before the Super Bowl as part of a series of inspiring stories from all around the world. Yet he also got his own standalone commercial going into more detail.
While the nationwide attention is nice, Hubbard is just happy to have a family again. The Sprouses play with him on family game nights, celebrate with him on holidays, and were even able to get him back in touch with his mother.
The “This is Victor” Facebook page chronicles almost his entire journey and still updates regularly. So, if you’re interested in learning more, check it out.