This is Victor
So, where to start? My name is Ginger Sprouse. I drive by Victor's corner at least 4 times a day. I listen to people talking around town and keep hearing "someone needs to do something about that guy." So, I will be the organizer and I hope that we as a community can be "someone" together. This is what I know, he has been in the community for a long time. The Webster PD, Webster FD, the homeless outreach team, MCOT, Salvation Army and United Way are all very aware of him. He is not doing anything illegal by standing there, so other than having him keep his area clean their hands are essentially tied. He did, at one time live down the street in an apartment with his mother, as of right now she is no where to be found-according to several officers and MCOT. (Mobile Crisis Outreach Team) He has been diagnosed with several disorders, but I have not spoken with the doctor who saw him so I cannot say exactly what they are. I am working on getting him to let me take him so I can talk to the doctor. He is periodically medicated so that's why someways are better than others. More to come......
You should really raise the ammount. $5,000 is not much to live off of or for him to get a home and wardrobe to go to work. It would be good once he is receiving treatment and stable to go to Dars. They can help him get vocational rehab and training to aquire reputable employment.
There is a Budgetel across the street from there. They charge like $270 a week. Although he won't be there forever it's something immediate. Let's get him off the street tonight! He will still be close to his corner, which we all know he is attached to. Then the long term stuff can be worked on.
Last cold spell I dropped by and gave Victor a bag with some supplies for bad weather, a poncho, used work boots and sneakers, new socks, a scarf etc. He said thank you and reached out to shake my hand. His fingers were like ice. Next day I brought hunting gloves and left them on his things since he wasn't there at the time. I am so glad this lady has taken it upon herself to organize support for Victor.
I have been seeing him for a while now and my son and I have a special place for him in our hearts. Today when we passed and saw a new bench there for him but he was nowhere to be seen our hearts saddened. I hope all is well with him and he gets the help he needs. He sleeps in the rain and cold with his sleeping bag and it breaks our hearts. He deserves a warm and dry place to lay his head down at night.
What is the $5000 for? We know him well. He likes the subway subs with lots of veggies. We have worried over him over the years now, especially when it rains and it's cold. A NB officer told me he goes in and out of a relative's apartment but is not welcome. I wish we knew the whole story. Good guy. Glad that you took the initiative!
I wish I could donate but right now is pretty tight. I just worry that someone might take advantage of him in regards to all the money raised to help him. I pray that you Ginger can make sure his "long lost family" doesn't swoop in and all of a sudden wants to "help" and take control over his welfare and money. Please take care of him and not let something like this happen. Sending prayers and looking forward to him continuing down the right path with true friends like Ginger! God bless you!