For the last three years, Victor Hubbard has stood on the corner of Nasa Road and El Camino Real in Kemah, Texas. Rain or shine, he waited for someone he loved very much: his mother.
It was on that corner where he saw his mother for the last time. She had dropped him off and told him to wait there until she returned — except she never came back.
Faithfully, Hubbard waited. But is was not his mother who came to his rescue. Instead, a kind soul decided she needed to offer her assistance.
She said, “I began to get more and more concerned as I knew winter was coming and I thought, ‘So what’s going to happen now?’” One day on her lunch break she decided to visit him and have a conversation.
Hubbard explained to her how his mom had left him, his struggles with mental illness, his lack of housing, and his longing to be loved. Listening to him, Spouse’s heart broke and she knew she needed to help.
Indeed, a lot has happened in the last few months since that fateful day. After their conversation, she realized he was a special individual and deserved much more than a place to stay.
Spouse created a Facebook page entitled, “This is Victor” as a way to connect him to people willing to help. Her first post said, “I listen to people talking around town and keep hearing, ‘Someone needs to do something about that guy’. So, I will be the organizer and hope that we as a community can be ‘someone’ together.”
Once word had gotten out about Hubbard’s situation, help began pouring in from all over. He received a free eye exam, free clothes and food, and a fundraiser was organized for his benefit.
Through it all, Sprouse has remained by his side. She has created a GoFundMe page, helped him enroll in mental clinics, obtain prescriptions for his illness, and has hired him as an employee at her restaurant!
She came around and she kind of saved me,” Hubbard said. “She helped me. It’s like grace.”
Best of all? He has been reunited with his family and has been able to show them his new, larger family: the community of Kemah.
An uncle saw the Facebook page and drove across the state to meet up with him and a week ago his mother came back. While he was not on the corner where she left him, he was able to show her the new life he has — all thanks to Sprouse and her kindness.
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