CLEAR LAKE, Tex. – A simple conversation between two strangers who crossed paths four times a day changed a homeless man’s life.
Ginger Sprouse is a chef and small business owner in Clear Lake, Texas. She told KHOU that she was puzzled as to why she always saw the same man sitting on the same street corner, rain or shine.
“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,” said Ginger.
After starting a conversation with the man, Victor Hubbard, a friendship began to blossom. She learned about his mental illness and that he waited on the street corner from his mother to return.
Ginger started to share Victor’s story on a Facebook page titled “This is Victor.” Thousands of people started following Victor’s story, and soon his community pulled together to help him.
People reached out to give him a free eye exam, food, clothes and even organized a fundraiser for him.
Thanks to Ginger, he is now also getting the medical attention he needs for his mental illness.
“She came around and she kind of saved me,” Victor said. “She helped me. It’s like grace.”
Ginger hired him to work at her business, Art of the Meal to keep him off the street. He is also living with Ginger’s family.
The Facebook page even reunited Victor with his family. A few days ago, he was finally reunited with his mom.
“I got to talk to her and I really feel like I accomplished something,” he said.