For nearly three years, Ginger Sprouse drove by Victor Hubbard multiple times a day as he stood pacing and talking to passers-by on a street corner near her business.
Finally last June she decided to say hello and ask him why he was always in that same spot. Hubbard, who lives with mental illness, told her he didn’t want to leave that particular place so his mother, whom he hadn’t seen in years until very recently, could find him when she came back.
“He was so sweet,” Sprouse told NBC News. “He didn’t ask me for anything. He didn’t want anything. He was just excited that I wanted to stop and talk to him.”
Sprouse, who owns a business offering cooking classes in Nassau Bay, Texas, began spending her coffee breaks with Hubbard and learning more about his life. Hubbard has been on and off the streets for 10 years in Kemah, Texas, but local social services had been unable to locate his mother in the past three years.
Sprouse decided she wanted to do something to help.
“This is not OK with me that he’s here waiting, and we can’t do anything about it,” she said.