Victor Hubbard spent three long years standing on a street corner in Texas, waiting for his mom to pick him up, before a local chef finally stopped to check on him.
“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 passed Hubbard on her way to and from work about four times a day.
Sprouse later wrote on a Facebook page she created, This is Victor, that the homeless man never seemed to ask for any food or money, despite standing on the same street corner each day.
“I would drive up and he would say 'How are you doing today?'” said Sprouse. “'Are you doing okay? Don’t ever let anybody do you wrong.' Seriously, he always asked about me.”
One day, Sprouse decided to stop and get to know Hubbard a little better, but she didn’t stop there.
Sprouse soon learned that Hubbard had been waiting for his mom to pick him up for three years.
That’s when she made a shocking decision: Sprouse offered to take Hubbard home.
The married mom gave Hubbard a place to stay, clothes to wear, and food to eat before taking him to see a doctor.
As suspected, Hubbard was diagnosed with mental illness, though Sprouse has decided to keep that information private.
“She came around and she kind of saved me,” Hubbard said. “She helped me. It’s like grace.”
When Hubbard finally reunited with his mom, he said he did not blame her for abandoning him.
“I got to talk to her and I really feel like I accomplished something,” he said.
It’s been more than five months since Sprouse took Hubbard in, and he continues to make improvements each and every day.
While he has a wonderful support system at home, Sprouse says Hubbard also has a great job and co-workers.
Earlier this week, Hubbard gave a message for all his friends who may have been affected by the floods that have plagued the Houston area.
“For all of Victors friends affected by the flooding in the Houston area-Victor and family are safe and dry, thank you to all who have been asking. He has been watching the news today and has been thinking of you who are dealing with flooded homes and concern over loved ones. We are praying for everyone involved and we are so encouraged yet again by the way our community has banded together to help one another!” Sprouse wrote on Facebook.
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