Sam became homeless in 2016, when his marriage ended and the pressures of life became overwhelming.
Sam makes homes better, and his work is visible in houses across York. He is a tradesman with Transfigured York, a local property improvement company, and he spends his days fitting bathrooms, painting, decorating, and turning his hand to all manner of other odd jobs in between. Sam is now living independently in his own place in west York, and he has been working with Transfigured for three years, loving his work and enjoying life.
When he arrived at Restore, he says, he saw the team as no more than a “bunch of do-gooders”. By the time he left, he had made profound friendships and had his life back on track. While at Restore, Sam began going to church, and he has since become a Christian. He says: “If I had not met Restore, I would not have stopped until I killed myself. I would not be sitting hear breathing now if it were not for Restore and God.” If you ever visit Restore’s offices in Acomb, you’ll see his craftsmanship there. In our meeting room, there is a beautiful clock made out of hundreds of matchsticks, painstakingly pieced together by Sam. When meetings overrun, as they can easily do, it is Sam’s timepiece that keeps us right. The clock was a gift from Sam.
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