Life is unpredictable. Regardless of how dire the circumstances, we always have a choice, and though we know we should choose to do the right thing, that’s often much easier said than done.
In a recent story about a homeless man and a realtor, they chose the path that had the greatest impact on each other.
Earlier November, Elmer Alvarez found a $10,000 check while wandering on Church Street in New Haven, Connecticut. It was made out to Roberta Hoskie, the owner of Outreach Realty Services.
He eventually met up with her to return the lost $10,000.
Hoskie returned the favor by writing him a check and giving him free admission to her real estate school. Before parting ways, Hoskie revealed to Alvarez that she was once homeless as a teen, but had since changed her life around and would soon do something good for her homeless friend.
On Wednesday, Nov. 22, Hoskie surprised Alvarez with yet another gift.
On a live Facebook video, the two reconnected inside a conference room at The Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce.
“You don’t have to worry about being in the cold,” Hoskie told Alvarez in front of all the news cameras. “We have housing for you.”
She also reiterated that she would pay for him to take English classes in addition to covering the fees for his real estate classes.
The only thing she asked in return was for him to pay-it-forward once he got back on his feet.
Alvarez said he would “go for it” the same way he did in this situation. “Honestly, I give it from the bottom of my heart and I expect nothing back in return,” he stated.
As he thanked Hoskie for the nice gesture, he also gave thanks to God.
“There’s always angels out here in heaven and earth,” Alvarez said.
Reddit users have picked up on the viral story, some saying, “I love reading news reports about good karma happening.” While others have said, “I don’t know why this made me so happy but I’m nearly in tears with a big [expletive] grin on my face. Go kindness.”
If you had been in Alvarez’s shoes, what would you have done with the check? Most people would envision themselves cashing it out, but the morally right thing to do is to give back what’s not yours because being honest may just be a blessing in disguise.
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