Three years ago, a terrible Texas mom dropped her mentally ill son on a street corner and told him to wait for her to come back. She never did, but her son has been standing there waiting for her ever since.
For the following three years, residents of Kemah, Texas saw Victor Hubbard standing on the same street corner rain or shine, but had no idea the tragic reason he never left. “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,” said Ginger Sprouse, who would pass Victor in her car about four times a day.
Finally, one day in December she decided to finally just ask him. Victor explained that his mom left him there, he’d been battling mental illness, and he didn’t have a place to live. “He is a sweet, gentle man that happens to be mentally ill. If you have ever heard the term “falling through the cracks” he is the definition,” said Sprouse, who was determined to help.
“I listen to people talking around town and keep hearing ‘someone needs to do something about that guy,’” Sprouse said. “So, I will be the organizer and I hope that we as a community can be ‘someone’ together.” Sprouse cooked him meals, washed his clothes, set up appointments with mental health professionals, and welcomed him into her home. And as word spread about what she was doing for the young man, others quickly began volunteering to help.
“I’m so overwhelmed by the compassion by people,” said Sprouse, who works at Art & Meal restaurant. Soon after, she created a GoFundMe page for Victor since so many people wanted to help him get back on his feet and build himself a life. Within two months, strangers have raised $15,450.
Three months after Sprouse came into Victor’s life, he no longer is living on the street, he has a job as a cook in Sprouse’s kitchen, and he always has a big smile on his face. “She came around and she kind of saved me. She helped me. It’s like grace,” Victor said. “He is a smiling, happy addition to my team,” Sprouse said. “I’m so proud.”
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[Featured image: Facebook/This is Victor]