By Samantha Day •
Published: 28 Feb 2020 • 8:20
Aziz khan spent his nights on Birmingham’s city streets and was forced to beg to survive but he was spotted and now has a job as waiter.
A homeless man has been given a job at a Birmingham restaurant after he was spotted begging on the streets.
Aziz Khan’s life quickly spiralled out of control when he was thrown out of his home in Walsall following a family dispute.
The 36-year-old spent tough days on the streets of Birmingham where he was forced to beg on Street to survive.
He spent his nights huddled in phone boxes and bus shelters.
He was begging outside a takeaway when he was approached by Westside BID’s street warden Shaeed Latif on January 14.
Shaeed put him in touch with Ahad ‘Raj’ Uddin, the manager of the Dilbar restaurant where he was offered a job.
Now Aziz has a new job as a waiter at the Broad Street restaurant and a home in shared accommodation in the city.
Aziz said: “I had no home and no money – I had really hit rock bottom.
“I spent nights huddled in phone boxes and bus shelters without sleep and I was hungry, tired and desperate. That’s when I started begging and that’s when the warden found me.”
Aziz believes that the intervention by Dilbar and the Westside BID street wardens saved his life.
He added: “I really can’t thank them all enough – I didn’t know that there were people out there who could be so kind and helpful.
Like everyone, I’ve seen homeless people on the streets but now I really understand what they are going through.
“At one point I just wanted to get arrested and go to prison, as at least then I’d have some shelter.
“But I didn’t have the heart to commit a crime – and since my low point I’ve been really lucky.”
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