RESTORE was founded in 2012 by Mike and Shirley Pounds after years with CityTeam and World Gospel Mission/Peniel Missions. They were living in Contra Costa County and found that their hearts ached for the increasing number of the addicted poor in the area.
Today, RESTORE has three homes: two for men, and one for mothers and children. RESTORE works hard to unite families that have been broken by the throes of addiction, and seeks to provide recovering addicts with the practical life skills that they need to function in a productive way. Our most recent outreach is providing food to the homeless in our area.
About Our Founders
Mike and Shirley have Bible College training and extensive training in Leadership
Development and Supervision. Mike began his career with Peniel Missions in 1968 and
was joined by Shirley in ministry when they were married in 1970.
Mike and Shirley spent the first 15 years of marriage in the inner city of Oakland, doing
ministry work. Throughout 28 years, they both served with Peniel Missions where Mike was appointed by World Gospel Mission as the Field Supervisor. Both of them 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, Mike and Shirley 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 an onsite recovery program, homeless free medical clinic
and food service. Four thousand different volunteers a year were involved in these
endeavors with a million dollar annual budget.
They founded RESTORE in 2012 and are directing the ministry.
THE TWELVE STEPS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS
Restore is committed to following the below 12 steps within their recovery program.
- We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
- Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
- Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
- Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
- Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
- Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
- Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
- Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
- Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
- Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
- Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
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
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.”
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.”