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​Homeless Man Thrives After Being Given Second Chance By Business Owner

​Homeless Man Thrives After Being Given Second Chance By Business Owner

A garage owner has helped change the life of a homeless man after seeing him begging on the street outside - offering him a job, a home and fresh clothes.

The DAC Car Wash owner, 29-year-old Shezad Zaman, said he used to pass Kriss Wilkes, 23, on the street in Sparkbrook in Birmingham.

But one day Kriss' life was turned around when Shezad offered him a two-week trial at the car wash, before also finding him accommodation.

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Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Shezad said that he wanted to step in as we all 'have to help each other' - and that if he didn't help him, he wasn't sure who would. He added that Kriss had apparently been let down by a lot of people, and as he was homeless couldn't even claim Jobseeker's allowance.

"I saw Kriss on the street right outside the garage when I used to finish work," Shezad said.

"He would be collecting money by the traffic lights and I said to him, 'You're a local lad, you don't need to be doing this, come and work for us instead.'

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"He came in for a two-week trial and worked hard and showed me he was capable of doing what we do. He now works part-time and I have found him a room in one of my son's houses.

"Kriss has had a lot of setbacks but I wanted to give him a chance to make something of his life.

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"He's happy and enjoying working with us."

After smashing his two-week trial, Kriss is now working part-time detailing cars, which requires cleaning, restoring and finishing them. He's also appeared in a video posted to the car wash's Facebook page, where he dances and raps about the business.

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"I was a homeless man a few months ago. I was addicted to drugs but now I'm clean," Kriss explained. "I used to sleep rough in my car or in shop doorways, in town."

He added: "When my dad died I came back and my head was a bit gone.

"I used to sit at some traffic lights on the Stratford Road in Birmingham and beg until one day when my gaffer, Shezad, came over and gave me a chance. He got me a room sorted and got me a job.

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"He got me fresh clothes, trainers, shoes and basically I'm living alright and I've sorted myself out and I'm getting there."

Shezad continued: "He's been an amazing part of our team and we want him to be successful because he's got his life ahead of him."

Good on the pair of you - nice to see there are still some good folk out there in the world.

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Topics: UK News, Birmingham, Inspirational, Interesting, Feels, UK, Homeless

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Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]