Victor Hubbard spent three years on the corner of El Camino and Nasa Roads in Clear Lake, Texas – waiting for his mother to return to collect him. But with some help from a local chef and some online generosity, the homeless and mentally-ill man now has a job, medical help and a roof over his head.
In late December, owner of Clear Lake’s Art of the Meal Ginger Sprouse created the Facebook page “This is Victor” and a GoFundMe page of the same name to share the story of Hubbard, documenting about how she wanted to learn his story and do something positive for someone who had become a close friend.
“Hundreds of people drive past him every week and wonder what in the world his story might be. He is a sweet, gentle man that happens to be mentally ill,” Sprouse wrote. “If you have ever heard the expression ‘falling through the cracks’ he is the definition.”
She went on to encourage the community to “come together” to find Hubbard the help he needs.
“That is priority one, once we get him stable in that regard it is my desire to see him in a peaceful home with friends to support him,” Sprouse continued. “Even a job.”
And in just over two months, Sprouse’s ongoing GoFundMe page managed to exceed its $15,000 goal – raising almost $18,500 – with 428 donors. Those funds this month gave Hubbard food, clothes, prescriptions and access to medical and mental facilities, and Sprouse has since personally hired him to ensure he won’t return to the streets.
But perhaps the greatest development came three days ago, when he was reunited with his mother.
“I got to talk to her,” Hubbard told KHOU. “And I really feel like I accomplished something.”