A homeless man who returned a check that he found on the ground downtown to its owner got a big surprise on Wednesday.
A homeless man who found a $10,000 check and returned it to its owner because he wanted to ‘do the right thing’ has been rewarded with housing, a job interview and free real estate classes.
Elmer Alvarez found the check on a street in New Haven, Connecticut and contacted realtor Dr Roberta Hoskie before she realised it was lost.
touched by his honesty, Dr Hoskie arranged for Mr Alvarez to have a place to live and lined up an interview for him with one of her business partners.
Taking to Facebook Live to broadcast her good deed, the successful realtor met the homeless man at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and publicly paid tribute to him
The grateful man was handed a certificate by Dr Hoskie and broke down in tears as she paid tribute to his honesty.
‘There are always angels out here in heaven and earth,’ he told the cameras.
Explaining why he chose to do the right thing and find the check’s owner, he said: ‘Honestly, I give it from the bottom of my heart and I expect nothing back in return.’