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A homeless man in Connecticut will have a warm place to stay this cold winter all thanks to his own good deed.

Elmer Alvarez of New Haven, Connecticut found a $10,000 check earlier this month. Though he’s homeless, all he could think of when he spotted it was the woman who lost it, and how distraught she must be.

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

The check belonged to Roberta Hoskie. She didn’t even realize it was lost until she got a phone call. She was impressed with the man’s persistence in finding her.

“He had no idea who the person was behind the check,” Hoskie said. “He didn’t know that I was a single mother. I at one point was on welfare. At one point found myself homeless.”

Hoskie, once homeless, is now a successful businesswoman. She promised to help Alvarez get a job by paying for his real estate classes through her school as well as English language classes, according to WTIC.

Last week, she had another surprise for Alvarez. She invited him to attend a special ceremony at the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce just before Thanksgiving. Television cameras filled the room.

Then, Hoskie surprised Alvarez with some very good news.

“You don’t have to worry about being in the cold,” she told Alvarez. “We have housing for you.”

Alvarez teared up at the gift.

“There’s always angels out here in heaven and earth,” said Alvarez.

The only thing Hoskie asked for in return was for Alvarez to pay it forward.

“When you get on your feet, you go ahead and you do it for the next person and the next person and the next person,” she said.

Alvarez said he’s grateful, but he never expected anything in return for his good deed.

“Honestly, I give it from the bottom of my heart and I expect nothing back in return,” said Alvarez.

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