Magazine article The New American

A New Family Member

Magazine article The New American

A New Family Member

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Ginger Jones Sprouse noticed someone in need of help and jumped in headfirst. In doing so, she and her family have changed the life of Victor Hubbard, a 38-year-old mentally ill homeless man who had been waiting on the same street corner for his mother to return for the last three years.

Today.com reported that Sprouse first noticed Hubbard on his regular street corner in Webster, Texas, three years ago on her way to work. She continued to take note of him multiple times in a day as she drove by the corner during her regular commute and finally, last June, decided that she wanted to reach out to him and learn his story.

"He stands and looks, taps the pole, squints, dances, waves and sometimes just stares," wrote Sprouse in December. "He is a sweet, gentle man that happens to be mentally ill. If you have ever heard the term 'falling through the cracks' he is the definition."

Sprouse learned that Hubbard had been on and off the streets for 10 years and that the local social services had been unable to locate his mother.

Sprouse and Hubbard became friends, and as the cold weather began to approach, she became concerned about his well-being. She began inviting Hubbard to stay over at her place when the weather was bad.

Sprouse decided to create a Facebook page entitled "This is Victor," to document Hubbard's story. On it, she explained how she came to know Victor and indicated that she wanted to help him by organizing a crowdfunding page for him. …

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