Success Story Under Threat

Urgent appeal for donations.

I am writing this because of an urgent need for funds and I want our supporters to know how to help us at this critical time.

A success story – but one that is under threat

We are as committed as ever to our goal of providing homes for people in the City of York who are homeless or at risk of being without somewhere to live and of providing the on-going support that our tenants need to turn their lives around. The germ of an idea that was planted in late 2010 has now grown into one of the biggest providers of supported accommodation in the city and we are proud to say that we are now providing a home for twenty six people in seven houses. But our continued existence is now under threat.

An unprecedented decision

A couple of months ago, the City of York Council significantly reduced the amount of housing benefit paid to a large number of our tenants. This happened without warning and without any prior discussion taking place between the council and either Restore or the tenants affected. This means that many of our tenants are no longer receiving enough money to pay their rent in full. The council has told us that they no longer qualify to live in the kind of supported accommodation we provide and that they should move into cheaper accommodation without any support services. Overnight these tenants have been deemed to be no longer vulnerable. This will have serious consequences. If these individuals are forced to move now it is inevitable that many will resume a chaotic lifestyle which will be damaging to them and society in general.

A lengthy appeal process

We have supported all of these tenants in their appeals against this decision but so far have been unable to resolve the matter. The council have now decided to let it be decided by a tribunal, which could take between three to eight months to deliver its verdict. We have been assured by legal and housing experts that we are likely to win this appeal. But in the short term we have to live with this decision which has cut our income by about five thousand pounds a month. Moreover, mounting an appeal will inevitably involve us incurring significant legal costs if we are to ensure the council’s unprecedented decision is overturned.

Can you help?

Until this unexpected turn of events, a combination of rental income and donations meant that Restore not only had sufficient income to allow it operate effectively but also had a healthy reserve set aside to enable the charity to cover the cost of unexpected events. But now, more than ever, we need to draw on the faith and goodwill of our supporters if we are to continue to offer our tenants the support they need while awaiting the decision of the tribunal.

If you believe the work Restore is doing is valuable and should continue, please consider whether you are able to make a generous donation to our funds so that we can pursue this case, continue to house and support our vulnerable tenants, and maintain this important work.

Please give this appeal your careful consideration and feel free to contact me or any of the trustees if you want to ask any questions.

Yours sincerely

Barrie Stephenson

Chairman

On behalf of the trustees of Restore (York) Ltd

 

 

How to give:

 

Cheque:- Payable to Restore (York) Ltd. Send to:- 65, Lawrence Street, York. YO10 3BU

By BACS transfer to:- Co-operative Bank, Sort Code 089299 Account Number 65698143

Online at:- http://www.charitychoice.co.uk/restoreyork/donate

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2013 – An Amazing Year

Christmas 2013

Thank you for your continued interest and support for Restore during 2013. It has been a year of amazing growth demonstrating God's faithfulness in the work he has asked to do to help homeless people in York. Read our latest newsletter here

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Join us for Prayer

Prayer Space

 

We are meeting to pray on Thursday May 24th from 6 ’till 7.30pm and would love anyone who wants to support Restore’s work to join us. It’s at St Paul’s Church on Holgate Road. Feel free to come for all or some of the time. More information: office@restoreyork.co.uk
Restore now has the capacity to house and support 13 people who used to be homeless in three houses. We have just agreed to lease a fourth house and we’re aiming to expand to six houses by the end of the year. This work is demanding and challenging for everyone involved. The support worker, board members, treasurer, project manager, volunteers and tenants all need to be upheld in prayer.

House Number Three

Map of Acomb

Our team has started work preparing our third house to be ready for four people who will soon move in to their own home. This one is in Acomb and it arrives hard on the heels of the second in Clifton.

Volunteers are working with our project manager, Wayne. They are decorating, gardening and cleaning while the professionals are fitting fire doors, updating the electrics, fitting carpets and making the boundaries secure. If you can offer to help it’s all hands on deck for a few weeks and you would be very welcome.

Meanwhile, Ed and other members of the team are interviewing people to choose the right men to live there. These are both exciting and demanding times. There’s a challenge around every corner but we can see God at work as we sustain the work of Restore through prayer. You can help us with this too.

Prayer Points Nov 2011

Please pray with us for:-

  • The four tenants in the first house
  • Wisdom for the directors about how to purchase the next house
  • Ed Hambleton as he settles into his new job as Housing Support and Development Officer
  • People waiting for a place in our next home
  • The volunteers as they make friends with the tenants
  • Opportunities for Restore to speak at churches and groups in York
  • Applications to funding organisations to be successful

 

 

On our way to York

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After a fabulous breakfast Ed puts a few strokes of air into his tyres before we head off for Ripon and then York. After a few miles we stretched our muscles and prayed and turned our bikes towards the ascent of Greenhow hill. We’re half way up now and a few layers have been removed. The spectre of Stump Cross is ahead. Keep donating.

Arrived in Burnsall

Arrived in Burnsall wet cold and weary. The rain came down in torrents for the last 12 miles or so which made the last few hills seem very long. The cottage we are staying at is very comfortable. The heating is on, loads of hot water. Showers, bath, dry clothes – they all contribute to the revival of our spirits.
Earlier today as we reached the top of the long incline out of Settle the sun caught the distant hills. It’s moments like that that make the climb worthwhile.

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September 2011 Newsletter #4

Restore Newsletter4 September 2011

 

You can view and download the latest newsletter here. Why not print it out and post it on a noticeboard?

 

Prayer points

Please join us in praying for:

  • Our current tenants, that they would continue to do well in their new environment
  • Successfully selecting new tenants
  • The volunteers working with the tenants and on the property
  • New volunteers to help run the project
  • Selecting our second property
  • The directors as they make decisions about how best to run the charity and serve people who are homeless
  • The First Restore Charity Bike Ride

September Latest

Volunteers help remove an old shed

It’s been an exciting summer for all at Restore. After the purchase of our first property back in May we were delighted with the response of so many people in helping us to get the property ready for tenants moving in. After several weeks of hard work, gardening, decorating and cleaning we opened our doors to our very first tenant in July. Since then we  two more tenants have moved in, and so far all three are doing well. Praise God!

The hard work doesn’t stop there, though. We continue to seek our fourth and final tenant and have already begun the process of searching for our second property. We hope to open it by the end of the year.

Please continue to pray with us as we see God do some amazing things at the start of this venture.