A simple act of honesty was rewarded by an act of kindness. Now, a formerly homeless man is all set to make a difference to the lives of others like him.
Sometime last year, Elmer Alvarez found something that could change his life forever. As a homeless man was walking down a street in New Haven, Connecticut, he found a check for more than $10,000 (10,800 to be exact). Had it been anyone else in his place, they would have quietly pocketed the important piece of paper and made away with it. After all, lady luck doesn't smile on you so generously often. But Alvarez wasn't any other man. He was honest and righteous and before you knew it, he had contacted the rightful owner, Dr. Roberta Hoskie, and returned the cheque to her. According to ZeppFeed, "Dr. Hoskie said she was once homeless single mom herself, so understands the difficulty he was going through. She said the only condition is that Mr. Alvarez help another homeless individual once he’s back on his feet."
The doctor was so touched by the man's honesty that she decided to help him out. So she not only arranged to have Alvarez rewarded with housing, but also a job interview, and free real estate classes. Her kindness and gratitude didn't end there. She offered him a place at her real estate school free of charge so that he has a long-term plan in action. But that's not it as well. She went to visit the man at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce where she publicly paid tribute to him. And how do we know? Well, she chose to broadcast the touching moment on Facebook Live.
"There are always angels out here in heaven and earth," Alvarez told to the camera with tears freely streaming down his face. It was evident that he was very very touched with the doctor's gratitude and generosity. Even though she knew that a simple thank you would suffice, she went out of her way to make the man realize how special he was to her. At the end of the day, it isn't easy to come across such stories of goodwill in the world we live in. In fact, more often than not, it is really doesn't go well if you choose to trust strangers.
So why did Alvarez choose to return the check to the doctor? He had no way of knowing that there would be rewards waiting for him at the end of the deal. But turns out that rewards were not what the homeless man was after. So when asked his reasons for returning the check, he simply said, "Honestly, I give it from the bottom of my heart and I expect nothing back in return." Needless to say, this simple act of honesty touched Dr. Hoskie. Especially since it was revealed that she hadn't even noticed the cheque missing till the man called her and informed her about it.
To Dr. Hoskie, who had formerly been homeless herself, the only way to repay Alvarez was to make sure that his life got back on track. And with her generosity, it looks like it is about to. With plans for a secure future set in motion, Alvarez reveals that he has plans of his own as well. "Help people, that's where my focus is at now. Try to help others," reports The Hearty Soul. In a world where it is more common to find people try to cheat each other and steal too, this two-way incident of kindness reinstates our faith in humanity a wee little bit. You have to be heartless to not smile at this.
It has been a good six months since he returned the cheque and enrolled himself in real estate school. For those who didn't know, Dr. Hoskie has been supporting him financially through all of this since there's still some way to go before he can finally be on his feet. But this doesn't mean that he is about to live off the doctor indefinitely. You see, he has proved to have quite a natural flair for real estate. In fact, he just has one more examination to go through to get his certification that will enable him to work legally. And his only aim now is to get as many homeless people as he can off the streets.
We might not know about it first-hand, but the reality of being homeless is horrifying. "Raining, cold, it was horrible. It was horrible," Alvazez recalls the day he found the check on the streets. Thankfully, his life on the streets are in the past now and Alvarez is all set to help people. At the end of the day, he realizes that his life would still be a struggle had it not been for this wonderful, kind woman who could relate to his pains. So like Alvarez deserves to be applauded for his honesty despite having to face odds, Dr. Hoskie should be applauded for her generosity because without that, Alvarez would be still on the streets.
"When I see them down and depressed, I tell them. I talk to them and I let them know, I was the one right there too," he further added. In fact, it has also been revealed that he has some real-estate related plans that Dr. Hoskie has already heard and taken into consideration. If things go well, they will be set in motion and many more like Alvarez will find the much-needed help. "I've got faith in God, that she's going to take that project to another step, you know what I mean? So that's where we're at," said Alvarez. "Do the right things and the right things come to you, like I always say," he emphasizes.