Homeless man who returned lost check receives housing, job training

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A homeless man’s life has changed after one kind gesture in Connecticut.

Earlier this month, Elmer Alvarez was walking in downtown New Haven when he spotted an envelope on the ground. He looked inside the envelope and found a $10,000 check.

“I was just thinking about how that person was feeling by losing an amount of money like that. I’d be feeling kind of desperate,” Alvarez said.

Roberta Hoskie, a real estate agent, says she had no idea that the man who found her check was homeless until she met Alvarez.

It is something Hoskie and Alvarez shared in common.

Hoskie was a single mother, a high school dropout and homeless until someone gave her a hand up.

“I have always prayed, ‘God, if you bless me, bless me so that I may be a blessing to others,” Hoskie told NBC News.

In addition to giving Alvarez job training, Hoskie was also able to provide him with housing.

“There need to be more people like Elmer Alvarez. He’s a golden heart guy. He’s a phenomenal guy,” Hoskie said.