Woman’s Lost $10,000 Check Returned By Homeless Man
Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
Last November, Elmer Alvarez found a $10,000 check. At the time, he was homeless, and the money, if he would have kept it, could have changed his life. But Alvarez did the right thing. He found Roberta Hoskie and returned her money.
Hoskie knew the trials Alvarez experienced. She, too, had been on welfare and was homeless at one point. But she turned her life around and runs a real estate school, WTNH reported.
Now he’s trying to help others who were in the similar situation once he passes his last real estate exam. Hoskie has paid additional rent, but as soon as Alvarez starts working, he says he will pay his own way and then help others get off the street, WTNH reported.
When Alvarez, who is homeless, found the envelope with a check inside worth thousands, all he could think about was finding Roberta Hoskie, the person whose name was on it.
“I was just thinking about how that person was feeling by losing an amount of a check like that, an amount of money like that,” Alvarez told WTNH. “I’d be feeling kind of desperate.”
With help from a friend, Alvarez called the phone number on the check. Hoskie, a single mother who was once homeless herself, was grateful to get the money back. To say thanks, she wrote Alvarez a check as a reward and is helping him get an education and an apartment of his own.
“He’s a golden heart guy,” she said. “He’s a phenomenal guy.”
Hoskie hopes that when he is back on his feet Alvarez will help someone else who is struggling.
“I appreciate everything that she’s doing for me right now,” Alvarez said. “Seeing her happy, seeing her appreciating it and all, that made me feel good.”