BIRMINGHAM – A British Muslim man has changed the life of a Birmingham homeless man, offering him a job and saving him from street life and drugs.
“I saw Kriss [Wilkes] on the street right outside the garage when I used to finish work,” Shezad Zaman told Birmingham Mail.
“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.'”
Wilkes had become homeless after returning to Birmingham following his father’s death and tended to beg at traffic lights across the road from Zaman’s business.
Zaman offered Kriss a two-week trial at DAC Car Wash and followed up by giving him accommodation.
The story put a smile on many faces, with many sharing their happy reactions with the Mail.
“What an amazing story. Well done to both of these amazing men. Thank you Shezad for giving him a chance in life.”
“I’ve driven past this guy when he was homeless many times and always turned a blind eye… well done to all at DAC car wash on Stoney Lane for giving this guy a trial and opportunity to turn around his life.
“I suggest a few people including myself use them the next time we need a car wash to support what they’ve done.”
“This lad washed our car and was very polite and cheerful. It’s nice to hear the owner has helped him out. Good luck for the future. Will definitely be bringing my car for a good valet as they do a great job.”
“What a lovely story! Nice to know that there are good people out there who will help others! Well done to you both.”
“Amazing story! I was wondering where the guy begging at the lights had disappeared too! DAC car wash you’re amazing.”
“What an amazing story. Well done for Shezad, for giving this young man a lifeline, not only giving him a job but new clothes and a room. You have a massive heart of gold. You have my business from now on.”