With a simple "Hello," one woman from Clear Lake, Texas changed two lives. Victor Hubbard had spent three years at the corner of Nasa Road and El Camino Real in Clear Lake, Texas waiting for his mother to return. Rain or shine, he waiting patiently as cars rolled by, curiously wondering what he was expecting.
For Ginger Sprouse, the owner of Clear Lake's Art of the Meal, the mystery had to be solved. "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," she told KHOU out of Houston.
As she passed him four times a day every day, the duo soon got to know each other. The relationship began with her striking up a daily conversation.
"I would drive up and he would say 'How are you doing today?'" said Sprouse, at which point Hubbard would respond,"'Are you doing okay? Don't ever let anybody do you wrong.'"
She smiled as she remembers, "Seriously, he always asked about me."
The Facebook Page that Started it All
Hubbard's unshakable kindness prompted Sprouse to take him under her wing. As she learned about his mental illness and his ongoing search for his lost mother, she started a Facebook fan page called "This is Victor."
This page quickly gained the attention of 8,110 people, most of whom wanted to help.
Fans of the page offered free eye exams, food, and clothes. Many of them even physically attended the block party fundraiser that Sprouse hosted in his honor.
With the money they raised, Sprouse got him into mental clinics, where he was provided prescriptions and then even went a step further and hired Victor to keep him off the street.
"She came around and she kind of saved me," Hubbard told the news outlet. "She helped me. It's like grace."
Victor's New Home
Despite all of the love and newfound attention that Victor received from his adopted community, he was still searching for his family. Then, thanks his Facebook page, on March 8, Victor reunited with his mom.
"I got to talk to her and I really feel like I accomplished something," he said.
He is not the only one that feels that way. Sprouse too is feeling the accomplishment. Not only did she help a stranger rebuild his life, but she found a top-notch cook for her business and an inspirational friend.