We are Mike and Shirley Pounds. Our heart is for the addicted poor. We have Bible College training and extensive training in Leadership Development and Supervision.
In 1968, Mike began his career with Peniel Mission. Shirley joined him in 1970 after they were married. We spent our first 15 years of marriage in the dangerous inner city of Oakland where we were needed most.
Throughout 28 years we both served with Peniel Missions where Mike was appointed by World Gospel Mission as the Field Supervisor. Both of us had supervisory responsibilities for the overall care and management of the West Coast Peniel Missions located in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles and Stockton; the Haitian American Ministries in Florida also became part of the Peniel Missions.
In 1998, we both joined CityTeam where Mike became Regional Vice President of West Coast sites. Shirley became City Director in San Francisco and grew a struggling city ministry into a 4,000 strong volunteer effort annually.
In 2011, we began to see an increasing number of the addicted poor in our own backyard here in Contra Costa County.
We were heartbroken that there were very few resources for them. We felt God’s call to open Addiction Recovery Homes to help them find healing in every area of their lives. We now have 4 homes: 3 for men, and 1 for women and women with children. We are passionate about seeing their lives transformed through the power of Jesus Christ.Board of Trustees Michael E. Pounds
Tel: (510) 390-2447 Shirley Pounds
Executive Director, Restore
Tel: (510) 541-6303
Board of Trustees
Chairman of the Board: Erik Nemanic
Treasurer: Jeff Garner
Secretary: Aimee Mattos
Board of References
Francis Chan (crazylove.org)Francis is the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California, and is the founder of Ete
rnity Bible College. He is the best-selling author of Crazy Love, Forgotten God, and Erasing Hell.
“I have had an opportunity to briefly view the work being done of Cityteam in San Francisco, especially in the area of their residential recovery program, under Shirley Pounds’ leadership. My brother, Paul Chan, Director of World Impact San Francisco, has been partnering with Cityteam San Francisco for several years. Our new outreach in the San Francisco Hunter’s Point area, has a passion to make disciples that multiply and recently received one of the graduates of the Cityteam program.”
Former President of Cityteam and author of The Father Glorified. (Cityteam)
Dr. Tom Hermiz (tomhermiz)
Tom is the former president of World Gospel Mission. He is an evangelist, musician, author and General Superintendant of Church of Christ in Christian Union.
“I had the privilege of being the President of World Gospel Mission while the Pounds were missionaries. They served as leaders of our inner city Peniel Missions. Both were involved in expanding the outreaches to reach more of the addicted poor with added locations and effective Biblical programs. I commend them for following the Lord in a new start-up to reach the homeless in their own backyard.”
Linda is a church planting catalyst with the North American Mission Board and an adjunct professor at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. She co-authored Church Turned Inside Out: A Guide for Designers, Refiners and Re-Aligners as well as The Wholehearted Church Planter.
Ross Rohde (theviraljesus)
Ross is a consultant for the Organic Church Movement and the author of Viral Jesus.
“It has been my pleasure over the last year to meet with Mike Pounds every Tuesday morning for coffee. We meet with a number of others in various ministries so we can encourage and advise each other. My relationship with Mike has been a mutually beneficial. I am learning about the realities of ministering to the addicted poor while Mike is learning more about how organic church movements can benefit those who don’t fit well in a congregational setting.”Our Partners
We welcome your partnership in this great endeavor. You will make a difference.
Who we help
Restore is reaching out into many ways, to people who are often hidden. We have reached out to women with children, helping them navigate “the system” and keep their kids while they work on being sober. Our men often come to us right off the streets, feeling the loving environment of our homes as they detox and in a year long program become productive members of society. We also partner with area Banner of Love Ministries as they reach out with meals to our homeless neighbors, the first contact that they have with us. The intent is to build a relationship with each person in order to see his or her life transformed. Currently we have residents living in both our mens and women’s homes who received a lunch — along with prayer. Hopeless addicts becoming transformed and restored!