For three years, residents of Kemah, Texas, passed a man as he stood on a street corner — rain or shine — waiting for his mom to come back and get him. This bothered Ginger Sprouse a woman whom owned a kitchen cooking school and had seen the man standing on the corner daily.
One day she finally decided to stop and talk to the man. So she rolled down her window and asked why he was standing on the corner.
The fella began to talk about his history, explaining that his mom left him, he’s been battling mental illness and he doesn’t have a place to live. His name is named Victor Hubbard. Sprouse felt for the man, and decided to share his story with the world — on a Facebook page called “This is Victor.”
Slowly but surely, the page started to take off. Dozens of people volunteered to help the man, and Sprouse led the charge. She cooked meals, washed clothes, helped him set up appointments with a mental health professional and welcomed him into her home.
A few days later, she created a GoFundMe page, encouraging people to donate to help the “sweet, gentle man” get back on his feet. Within two months, Hubbard received more than $14,700 in donations.
Fast forward three months later, nearly 9,000 people now follow “This is Victor” on Facebook to receive updates on his progress. He recently landed a job as a cook in Sprouse’s kitchen. He can’t help but wear a big smile on his face!