Real estate agent Roberta Hoskie dropped a check for more than $10,000 on the street on November 8.
Before she even realized it was missing, her office called to tell her that a man named Elmer Alvarez had picked it up and wanted to return it to her.
Hoskie immediately went to meet Alvarez and filmed the encounter on Facebook Live. After a brief conversation, she realized that Alvarez was homeless.
She asked him why he decided to call her and return the check. He said he believed in God and he wanted to be a good person.
After briefly talking to him on the street, Hoskie went to write Alvarez a check for an undisclosed amount of money.
She told her friends on Facebook Live:
“He could’ve easily took the check. That check was $10,000. He could’ve tried do stuff with it. But he didn’t. He did the right thing.”
When she went back out to meet him, she had an idea. She gave him the check and said:
“What you did not know was that I was homeless. God knows what to do and when to do it. When I tell you your situation is temporary, I’m not just talking to be talking … I’m going to teach you how to fish. That’s what I’m going to do.”
She turned to Alvarez, gave him a hug, then offered for him to join her real estate classes.
Hoskie told CNN that at one point in her life, she had been a single mother living off welfare. For a brief period, she was even homeless. Now a successful real estate agent, a business professional, and a teacher, she’s been trying to pass along what she learned to other people.
“Don’t ever underestimate the power of God,” she said on Facebook Live. Then she faced the camera and repeated herself. “Never underestimate Him.”
According to the New Haven Register, Hoskie opened the Outreach School of Real Estate in 2011 when there was a job shortage in New Haven, Connecticut. She was nominated the 2015 Person of the Year after she started a school program to help at-risk young people learn about real estate. She told the newspaper:
“If I can do it and I was just like them, they can too.”
Hoskie added: “Sometimes, people just need to see and touch someone from their own community that has broken the cycle of poverty to help them achieve their dreams.”
Watch the full report from CNN below.