Mike's Story

Mike came to Restore in April 2021 when he found himself on the streets, after the rented house he was living in was sold.

Mike was working in a factory and living in a rental property that was for sale. He was having problems at work, and when the house sold and he had to move out, he had a breakdown.

He arrived in York with just two carrier bags of his belongings and spent his first night on the street. Because it was during the pandemic, a police officer arranged a place for him in a local hotel, where he stayed for two nights, before moving on to supported housing. He spent about a month in other supported accommodation before moving to a Restore property in April 2021. Before he came to live at Restore, Mike was at rock bottom, but after he joined us, he started to settle and see hope for the future. His key worker encouraged him to get out into the community by going to the gym and boxing training at the Salvation Army. Just under a year after joining Restore, Mike moved into a council flat, where he’s now really happy and settled. He’s grateful for the support he received at Restore, not just during his time as one of our residents, but during the transition into his new flat. He’s applying to do voluntary work with local animal rescue charities and hopes to find work that fits in with this.

"The most important thing is, now I’ve got my own flat, the support afterwards… I’m getting so much help from Restore... that after care is really important… it’d be very hard for somebody to come from the situation that I’ve had, to get a flat and then try to carry on without the help. I wouldn’t have been able to do it."

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