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A Motel Becomes Home To A Family in Need
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A Motel Becomes Home To A Family in Need

A Motel Becomes Home To A Family in Need

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Siddiqi Hansoti and Gus Hernandez i

Siddiqi Hansoti (left) moved to the United States from India in 1990 and was a cab driver in New York before taking over a California motel. Gus Hernandez was a mortgage consultant and now is in charge of maintenance at Hansoti's motel. StoryCorps hide caption

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Siddiqi Hansoti and Gus Hernandez

Siddiqi Hansoti (left) moved to the United States from India in 1990 and was a cab driver in New York before taking over a California motel. Gus Hernandez was a mortgage consultant and now is in charge of maintenance at Hansoti's motel.

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Gus Hernandez had just lost his house to foreclosure when he met Siddiqi Hansoti last year.

Hernandez and his family had spent a couple of nights in their car before he went looking for a motel in the phone book and found the El Dorado Motel in Salinas, Calif.

Hernandez walked into the motel and told Hansoti, the owner, that he needed a place to stay but only had $50 in his pocket. Hansoti's response, Hernandez says, was "Put that away. I'll trust you."

"I liked Mr. Hernandez," Hansoti remembers. "I observed his family and [thought he was] a nice man, a soft-speaking guy."

Hernandez didn't want to owe Hansoti money and offered to leave the motel after his family had been there for three weeks. Hansoti said he needed a handyman, and Hernandez could take the job and continue to live in the motel.

Hernandez agreed. He now calls Hansoti both his employer and his friend.

Hernandez says, "When I had money, I had a lot of friends, but when I didn't, Sid was there."

Produced for Morning Edition by Katie Simon. The senior producer for StoryCorps is Michael Garofalo. Special thanks to Eve Claxton, Chanda Khatso and Jeremy Helton.

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