Elmer Alvarez, a homeless man in Connecticut, was just wandering around downtown New Haven when he stumbled across a $10,000 check. Instead of thinking about all of the things he could do with the money himself, Alvarez asked a friend to help him research the name on the check, so he could track down its rightful owner.
“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 WJHL. “I’d be feeling kind of desperate.”
The owner, Roberta Hoskie a real estate broker and media personality based in New Haven, Connecticut, said she didn't even realize she'd lost the check until she received Alvarez's phone call.
“He had no idea who the person was behind the check,” Hoskie said. “He didn’t know that I was a single mother. I at one point was on welfare. At one point found myself homeless.” Hoskie posted the experience via Facebook Live.
According to Alvarez, giving the check back to Hoskie was better than keeping the cash for himself. He said he'd gladly do it all over again.
“Seeing her happy, seeing her appreciating it and all that made me feel good,” he said.
In hopes of repaying Alvarez for his returning the check, Hoskie wrote him another check as a reward and is going to help him get an education and an apartment of his own. When Alvarez saw the amount, he began to cry.
"Don't cry honey, you did the right thing," Hoskie told him. "I don't even know who you are, but I thank God for you. I don't care what your situation is, God has his hand all over your life. And whatever you are going through is temporary."