The initial concept for Restore Strategies was birthed in 2008 by a group of leaders at the Austin Stone who desired to be more than just the church in the city–more than just part of the city or a mere observer of the city–but to be a church for the city, advocating for its renewal and restoration.
To reflect this mission, they considered starting programs that would work to accomplish a variety of things–students succeeding in school, homeless moving into stable housing, jobless connecting to regular employment, sick finding healthcare, families restoring brokenness.
But after spending time researching best practices across the city and nation, they quickly realized that there were many great organizations, institutions, ministries, and grassroots efforts already doing extensive work in their communities.
This group did not want to reinvent the wheel, duplicate services, and in turn, use resources inefficiently. Instead, they wanted to maximize what already existed and help others do more by mobilizing volunteers and encouraging collaboration and partnership.