Restore was formed in 2010 when two people from York independently contacted Green Pastures Housing in Southport to make enquiries about starting a ministry for homeless people and ex-offenders. Green Pastures put those two people in touch with one another, and they soon found that they weren’t alone. More and more Christians came forward who wanted to be part of the church’s response to homelessness in York. By the end of 2010 Restore (York) Limited had been born.
In July 2011 we opened our first property in partnership with Green Pastures Housing. Ever since then we have expanded our service whenever faith and finances have allowed. We are now able to provide accommodation and support for up to 41 people across 12 properties. Some of the properties we manage are provided through our original partnership with Green Pastures, but others are leased through local landlords and trusts who want to support the expansion of our work. We employ a growing number of staff to provide the essential support needed by our residents.
We maintain good relationships with City of York Council, participating in their strategic aims and resettlement work. We also work alongside other statutory and charitable agencies within the city to ensure that our work complements the fantastic work being done other people in York.