Homes and Hope Half Marathons

A Marathon Month of Two Halves. Our Chairman, Barrie Stephenson is running to raise enough money to provide 150 nights in a Restore house by running two marathons. For each night someone who is homeless lives in one of our rooms we have to raise £8.

Barrie has completed his first half marathon and passed his first fundraising target of 100 nights – £800. To raise that amount he ran a route that passed every house where Restore provides rooms. It meant running about 22km.

The next Homes and Hope Half Marathon will be run in an organised event in Coventry on March 24th. Why Coventry? – that’s where his brother lives and they’re running together. So now Barrie is looking for sponsors for that run to reach his new target of £1,200 for 150 nights.

Barrie says, “I love running, it keeps me fit but the added benefit on these longer challenges is that I can invite sponsorship to help Restore provide homes and hope for people homeless in York. This month people have shown amazing generosity, so much so I have had to raise my fundraising target. For me it’s a double win.”

This is a great opportunity to help people who are homeless in York. How many nights can you donate?

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Ten 10k runs for Restore

Hannah with her friend Jane at the end of the Sheffield 10k

A runner from York has raised £1,300 to help beat homelessness in the city by running 100 kilometres for charity.
Hannah Titmas from Holgate completed ten 10km runs in ten months in aid of Restore, which provides homes to people in York who would otherwise be homeless.
Hannah said: “I was chatting with a friend around Christmas 2017 and we wanted to do something in 2018 that would challenge us. We came up with the idea of doing ten 10k runs and decided that we could also raise money for a good cause. I knew about Restore through friends and my church, St Paul’s, so I decided to raise funds for them.
“My initial target was £500 but I had reached that before the second run, so upped the target to £1,000 and in the end we raised a bit more than that.
“All of the runs were proper organised events. We did one in Sheffield and one in Hull but most of them were in or around York.”
Barrie Stephenson, chair of Restore, said: “What Hannah has done is absolutely fantastic and will help us to one day realise our vision of a York where everybody has a home, where those who have been homeless before are rebuilding their lives and where the city works together to beat the underlying causes of homelessness. We are hugely grateful to Hannah and everyone who sponsored her.”
Restore was founded in 2010 and provides homes to people who have been homeless and who would otherwise remain so. It has eight properties in York and 31 tenants and has helped around 120 people in the past nine years. 

Homelessness on the Map – Heart Operation a Success

Lined up and ready to start the 100 mile route

Early morning, Saturday July 14th, seven cyclists pose for the camera as they are about to depart from the Heart of Yorkshire on a heart shaped route to put Homelessness on the Map. The next 100 miles on a searingly hot day would demand every ounce of strength they possessed. Turning the pedals, they set out for Castle Howard via Terrington Bank. The bank is tough on a bike so at the top they stopped for a picture and liquid refreshment. [Read more…]

Only hours to go before our cyclists set off

Our amazing team of cyclists set off from The Heart of Yorkshire at 9am on Saturday 14th July to complete a 100 mile heart shaped route.

Cycle at York Minster

Cycling from the Heart of Yorkshire

A gruelling day on the road lies ahead of our team, aiming to cycle 100 miles, returning to York Minster by 8pm in the evening. They are taking up this challenge for Restore to provide homes for homeless people. All they need now is your support.
If you can, please sponsor the team and make their day worthwhile.
If you have already donated, thank you for your support.

Sponsor the team – click here

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Put Homelessness on the Map

 

One hundred miles to put Homelessness on the Map. Tracing a heart from the Heart of Yorkshire, a team of cyclists will set off at 9am to cycle 100 sponsored miles in a single day, Saturday 14th July 2018. If you are up for the challenge why not join us. If you admire our athletic prowess why not sponsor us. Perhaps it would better to say; Support the work of Restore and sponsor the cyclists as they rise to the challenge. [Read more…]

You are our greatest asset

If you are already on our list of contacts its an honour to have you as a supporter. If you’re not – you can join now – see below. It means a lot to us that you want to be a part of Restore’s work with homeless people in York. But we need your permission to stay in touch.

If you are already on our contacts list it’s vital you act now or new data protection laws will prevent us from contacting you again unless you do. Please respond to the email or letter we have sent you, or click the link below and complete the form before 25th May 2018 if possible.  [Read more…]

Landlords donate new locks for Restore houses

Cheque handover

Andrew Simpson of York Residential Landlords Association hands cheque to Jonny Wooldridge



We are extremely thankful for a big donation from York Residential Landlords Association to meet the cost of fitting a new system of locks to all the rooms in our properties.

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Christmas Newsletter is out

Download the Restore Christmas Newsletter. Thank you for your support for us and our tenants. As we draw to the close of another successful year a lot has happened for which we give thanks to God.

It’s been a busy time with tenants engaging with lots of  opportunities and activities; several tenants moving on; new tenants arriving and we’ve even had our first Restore engagement!

If this wasn’t exciting enough, we also welcome two new members of staff starting in the New Year. It’s all in the newsletter – and more. Read and print it out for a noticeboard in your church or organisation.

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Work for Restore

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Housing Project Worker – 6 months

Start date 1st Feb 2018

Do you have the experience and expertise to make a difference to the lives of people who have been homeless? Do you have the determination and resolve to sustain you through challenging and demanding situations? If you do we have a vacancy that meets your profile.

Restore provides homes for men and women who have been or are at risk of being homeless. Critically we also provide support for our tenants through mentoring, advisory and personal development opportunities. Without support many of our tenants would return to lifestyles that put them at risk of being homeless again. This support is provided by our Housing Project Workers. The process of moving from supported living into an unsupported tenancy and employment can be a slow process and requires great patience.

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Jordan’s Story on BBC Radio York

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Jordan with support worker Anne

Jordan recently appeared on Kay Crewdson’s Breakfast Show on BBC Radio York to tell his story of recovery, rehabilitation and salvation after moving into a Restore house.

His interview was broadcast just before the Chase the Sun relay. Please listen to his story and then make your donation to support the runners, the charity but most of all the people, like Jordan, who need somewhere to live and someone to turn their lives around. [Read more…]