It’s about time we had some good news. So I’m bringing you the story of Victor, a homeless black man who has been able to build a new and healthier life for himself with the help of one generous Texas woman.
Victor Hubbard had spent three years on the corner of Nasa Road and El Camino Real in Kemah, Texas, waiting and hoping for his mother to come back for him.
This winter, although his mother didn’t return, another person extended her hand to help get him back on his feet, KHOU reports.
Ginger Sprouse, the owner of Clear Lake’s Art of the Meal, started taking notice of Hubbard as she passed him four times a day. Then she found out why he remained in the same spot, regardless of the weather.
“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,” Sprouse told the news station.
It turns out that Hubbard struggles with mental illness and didn’t have a place to live. According to a GoFundMe page that Sprouse created on his behalf, “It is told his mother dropped him on the corner and told him to wait for her to come back. He believed her. So he waits, and waits and waits.”
Sprouse began to share Hubbard’s story on the Facebook fan page “This Is Victor,” and from there the community got involved.
Some 8,110 fans got Hubbard a free eye exam, food and clothes. Hundreds swarmed his block party fundraiser. Sprouse got him into mental clinics and prescriptions and then hired Hubbard to help keep him off the street. The GoFundMe she created has raised a whopping $17,882 over two months, beating the $15,000 goal.
“She came around and she kind of saved me,” Hubbard told the news station. “She helped me. It’s like grace.”
And as news about Hubbard spread, he was able to reconnect with his family. Through his Facebook page, an uncle reached out and then drove from East Texas to see him. And some two days ago, Hubbard was able to reunite with his mother.
“I got to talk to her and I really feel like I accomplished something,” he said.
And that is Hubbard’s life now. Sometimes a little help can go a long way.
Read more at KHOU.