Gus Hernandez and Siddiqi Hansoti

In the event you’re not familiar with StoryCorps, which means you’re not an NPR listener (and therefore lame 😉 , here is how they summarize themselves:

Our mission is to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.

Since 2003, over 35,000 everyday people have shared life stories with family and friends in our StoryBooths. Each conversation is recorded on a free CD to share, and is preserved at the Library of Congress. Millions listen to our broadcasts on public radio and the web. StoryCorps is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.

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“I just needed a little bit of help…”

Gus Hernandez (R) talks about how he met Siddiqi Hansoti (L), owner of the El Dorado Motel in Salinas, CA, after losing his house to foreclosure.

Recorded in Salinas, CA.

My family had a pizza joint just around the corner from the El Dorado when I was a young child.

I love the StoryCorps project. This is another great story captured by the project and it warms my heart in these anxious times.

For other great stories give The Moth Podcast a listen.