Our Ukrainian family moved into a house of their own just after Easter. They had stayed with us for eight months and at times it seemed they would never be able to rent a home of their own here in York. But thanks to the efforts of the Homes For Ukraine team of City of York Council and the council’s letting agency, Yorhome, they were offered a small terraced house only a few minutes away, and it was right next to the school their 5 year old daughter, Vira, was attending. When they left Yuliia was six months pregnant and baby Elizabeth was born at the end of August. Seva is working as a chef at a cafe in York and is enjoying his work. This Christmas Yuliia’s parents are able to visit York for a month from their home in Dnipro.
Restore, the York housing charity Barrie helped to found, has opened two houses this year to give refugees a home. One of them is home to a Ukrainian family and the other houses three Afghani cousins. This has been a new venture for the charity, Its main work is still the provision of supported housing for single men and women experiencing homelessness. The most recent large donation to the charity will allow it to open three more houses and meet the cost of providing support in those houses. All of this expansion means it is no longer a small charity. Restore remains the largest provider of supported housing for single people in York, playing a vital role in local services to help people into a home of their own. The success is also measured in the number of residents (70-80%) who ultimately move on to a home of their own. We are very thankful to God for the success of Restore and also to the dedicated staff who prayerfully and enthusiastically provide the service.