Lost Check Unites Broker And Homeless Man Who Share Past
Marilyn Caylor 1/11/2019
Whenever Steve Hartman goes "On The Road," you know that whatever he finds on his journey will end up becoming headline news. He's been a CBS News correspondent since 1988, but in all the time that he's been reporting feel-good stories, none have been as synchronous as this chance meeting between two people who, although worlds apart in age and economic class, actually share something very valuable between them.
Roberta Hoskie is a very successful real-estate broker and media personality, who also happens to be the wonder woman behind Ms. Millionaire Mindset Academy and Training Seminars. Her multi-million dollar bank account speaks volumes about her ability to both rake in the cash and keep it safety tucked away. Well, except for that one time she accidentally lost a huge $10,000 check! But, that's where a serendipitous encounter with a homeless stranger comes into play.
The $10,000 check Elmer Alvarez found on the streets of New Haven, Connecticut could have been a huge windfall for him. But, even though he was homeless, Elmer still had morals and he knew right from wrong. It never crossed his mind to get a fake ID so he could cash the check. Instead, the only thing he wanted to do was track down its rightful owner.
After Elmer arranged a meeting with Roberta to return the check, he didn't expect a single dime in return. For him, doing a good deed was a reward in itself. However, the millionairess had something else in mind for her new homeless protegee, who happened to remind her of a younger version of herself.
You see, before Roberta established herself as a real estate broker and thought leader for the new millennia, she was a homeless teenage mom. She was determined to have the best life possible for her kids, so she put herself through school and worked her way out of poverty. The rest, as they say, is history, and now Roberta is partnering with Elmer to make philanthropic history.
However, let's backtrack for a second. It's been a year since Elmer's chance meeting with Robert, and with her help he's turned his life around. She found an apartment for him, paid his rent for the next seven months until he could get back on his own two feet, and also put him through real estate school.
The two are currently working on an amazing real estate project whose impact will be far-reaching. They won't make a single cent under this new endeavor, but when there are so many needy people out there who can benefit from it, profit is the last thing on their minds.
In the upcoming year, Roberta and Elmer are going to build a transitional house for homeless teenagers and young adults. It'll provide services that are crucial for homeless youth, something Roberta and Elmer wish they had access to when they were experiencing their down and out days on the streets.
Although he got off to a rocky start, Elmer is now getting exactly what he deserves in life, which is a chance to make his dreams come true. He'll serve as adviser at the transitional house, and given his past, he's the perfect person for the job.
How a lost check unites two strangers who share both a common past and life purpose.