THIS is the moment a homeless man started his new job on Monday after being given a lifeline by a kindhearted businessman.
Newcastle businessman James Minn, 40 was walking down the street when he was stopped by Ryan Davidson, 25, who asked him for some “spare change”.
Fortitude Press Ryan Davidson, right, had been out of work and homeless for years
The two talked for a short while, then James offered Ryan a job with his paint-coating company.
Ryan said: “James was walking past me, so I asked him for spare change.
“He stopped and seemed like a genuine, nice guy.
“We chatted for a while and then he said he had a company and could offer me a job – I couldn’t believe it.”
Fortitude Press James Minn, right, was celebrating his wedding anniversary when he was approached by Ryan
James had been out celebrating his 15th wedding anniversary with his wife Victoria, 48, and two friends when he was approached by Ryan.
James, from Washington, in Tyne and Wear, said: “He is getting the break that he deserves. I’m not bothered by his past. I just want him to move forward.
“I’ve always been interested in how people end up in that situation. I just got talking to him and he seemed like a genuinely nice lad.
“I asked him, ‘if someone offered you a job would you take it?’ He said, ‘1,000% I would,’ so I offered him one. It isn’t just about a job. It is amazing what else can come from it.
“He is an amazing man. I’m lucky to have found him. He is a grafter which is hard to come by these days. I believe he will keep this up. He is doing all of the right things.”
Fortitude Press James described Ryan as a hard worker and a ‘lovely lad’
Ryan, from Newcastle said: “I feel so lucky. Just days ago I was sat on the streets trying to make enough money to get something to eat and now I’ve got a job and I’m looking for a flat.
“It has been absolutely amazing. I couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome.”
James then posted the news on his Facebook page on Thursday and it soon went viral.
“I logged into my Facebook on Friday and there were hundreds of notifications and thousands of friend requests – I couldn’t believe it.
“Fingers crossed he takes the opportunity,” posted one Facebook user. Another post read: “Our county needs more companies like you to believe in these people.”
Fortitude Press Ryan started work as a labourer earlier this week
A photo of their first encounter has been shared more than 4,800 times and prompted 15,000 interactions.
Ryan’s aunt was one of the people who saw the post and she provided a mobile phone number where he could be reached.
A kind milkman Ian Cutts even offered to drive Ryan to work on his first day.
However when Ian turned up at 6.30am on Monday as promised Ryan was nowhere to be seen.
James wrote on his Facebook page that he was “gutted” at the news.
But all’s well that ends well.
Ryan had to attend an emergency housing appointment on Monday morning but had been unable to tell James has his phone had run out of credit.