A homeless man who returned a $10,000 check to a New Haven business owner got a life-changing surprise.
Elmer Alvarez doesn’t have much, but he said he never doubted returning the $10,000 check he found was the right thing to do.
"What I did, finding that check and returning it, I would do it all over again," he said.
Realtor Roberta Hoskie dropped it on the streets of New Haven.
After she got it back and learned Alvarez was homeless, she took to Facebook to thank him in a video that got thousands of views.
Hoskie said she was once homeless herself and she’s paying it forward. She’s giving Alvarez a scholarship to real estate school, career counseling and a job interview.
"In this packet, I have full ride services and training for you to learn English as a second language," Hoskie said.
Her last gift to Alvarez moved him to tears.
"This winter you don’t have to worry about being in cold," Hoskie said. "We have housing for you."
These two acts of kindness are changing lives.
"I want to say thank you and he makes everything possible you know," Alvarez said.
Hoskie said she’s doing this all under one condition. Once Alvarez gets on his feet she wants him to pay it forward and help others.