It seems like all of us have lost an amount of money at some point, but imagine losing a check for a large sum to the tune of $10,000. That’s what happened to Roberta Hoskie, who wasn’t even aware that she had lost the check at first. “I thought I had it with my stuff in my car,” she said. “I must have had it and it slipped.” The check could have ended up in the hands of just about anybody, but thankfully it was found by Elmer Alvarez, a homeless man in New Haven, Connecticut.
Alvarez spotted the check inside of an envelope that was on the ground in downtown New Haven, but immediately knew to do the right thing. “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,” he said. “I’d be feeling kind of desperate.”
With that, Alvarez found Hoskie’s cell phone number on the check and promptly gave her a call to let her know that she was missing $10,000. Hoskie had been in a similar situation as Alvarez at one point in her life, saying “He had no idea who the person was behind the check. He didn’t know that I was a single mother. I at one point was on welfare. At one point found myself homeless….Service to others is the rent we pay to live on Earth, that is true.” Hoskie added that “To come from a place of being homeless to owning multiple companies, I represent something different.”
Hoskie recorded her meeting with Alvarez live on social media to share the story, receiving a lot of attention from friends, family and even members of the media. Alvarez said Hoskie’s reaction is what made it all worthwhile, saying that “Seeing her happy, seeing her appreciating it and all that made me feel good.”
The video of Hoskie meeting with Alvarez has now garnered thousands of views, which starts with Hoskie saying “I don’t care what you say. There are so many really good people in this world. I don’t know who this guy is, but I dropped my check and he called – I didn’t even know I dropped this check – and he called me.”
Alvarez said that doing the right thing stems from his faith. “First of all, I believe in God,” he said. “My faith is what keeps me going through…I always believed that one you do right, right always comes back to you. Because God don’t like ugly.”
Eternally grateful for returning the check, Hoskie also announced that she was going to be writing Alvarez a personal check as a reward. She said that the money will help him get enrolled into school, and she’s also going to help find him an apartment. “There needs to be more people like Elmer Alvarez,” she said. “He’s a golden heart guy. He’s a phenomenal guy.”
Alvarez was just as grateful as Hoskie was, saying “I appreciate everything that she’s doing for me right now.” Hoskie said that people shouldn’t judge those that might be in a tougher financial situation like Alvarez. “I know it sounds so cliche, but you cannot judge a book by its cover,” she said. “There needs to be more people like Elmer.”