Welcome to Restoration Institute

Preparing Souls and Stuff for Seasons of Service

RI could be described as a Christian vocational assessment service. We provide unique opportunities for people to gain work experience when standard methods and systems for getting back to work have not been successful. We create opportunities for people in and out of the system, to work together creating or repairing donated items of value. The end result is a win win for all involved. The relationship between Restoration Institute and our interns or clients is for an undesignated but not indeterminable amount of time. The criteria for project completion includes the intern modelling a behavior of service which benefits the intern, and the neighborhood.

Why we are who we are

the founders story

The inspiration for Restoration Institute came during what I call an involuntary paid sabbatical among the rural poor. I worked in warehouses and businesses in and through my area code. I greatly enjoyed all the wonderful people I had the privilege of working alongside. Some of us were looking at starting another career, some were just getting started. Many had hurdles of their own making to get over just to be able to walk in stride. I want to see people vocationally assessed, mentored, and sent out equipped to do more than fill a position on the line. Serving others with our unique gifts and divine calling is a testimony to the freedom and grace in Jesus Christ that extends all boundaries of culture. It is a gift from God when we enjoy our work and vocation. When I brought my rambling thoughts to friends and after much prayer, I started Restoration Institute in June of 2018. For many years I have put together teams to offer unique opportunities for people from different neighborhoods to work and serve together. I am once more, part of a developing team in Oskaloosa as a 501c3 org. New Hope Community Center is our DBA. We partner with other local organizations to serve families our neighborhood. Our objective is also to serve by developing people to their potential in Jesus Christ, and we serve honestly with our neighbors in service for the good of all.


Spencer Thury, founder.

What Restoration Institute Does

Ways you can get plugged in

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Community Service
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Building a Temporary Shelter

Find out all who benefits from a build

We build custom recreational structures that are insulated, safe, built by a diverse team and more. The Community benefits through increased neighborhood connections, and more people trained in the work force.

Banjhornazoo

Building community through music

Banjhornazoo is a unique band that plays jazz standards, hymns, and modern music mashed up together in a New Orleans shuffle style. Family and faith friendly, portable, mobile, does note require a sound system and designed for outdoor events.

Vocational Assessment

Developing a local workforce

Souls come to us in transitional situations. Through developing a relationship, we evaluate what job the client could succeed at, and then help the client take steps to obtaining that vocation.

"Done is better than perfect"

Barry Sandberg Thury

Contact Restoration Institute, Oskaloosa, Iowa

308 5th Ave West Oskaloosa IA United States 52577

641 512 5501

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