TOGETHER w/ YOU

Watching the news can be a painful reminder of how divided our country truly is. Race, religion and educational background are just a few divides across which we struggle to cooperate. In addition, despite sometimes living only miles apart, Americans of ample means and those living in poverty dwell in drastically different worlds. Rarely do we put forth the effort necessary to overcome the challenges of communicating and understanding one another, which cripples society’s ability to find impactful solutions.

In Metropolitan Detroit, we have witnessed well-intentioned suburban individuals and groups attempt to alleviate Detroit’s poverty crisis. We have also seen residents of the inner city make attempts to share their wealth of knowledge regarding oppressive systems that go unaddressed. Yet both are apprehensive about making the sacrifices necessary to develop meaningful relationships with one another. While financial resources are critical to urban renewal, all parties must come with the mindset that they have something to give and receive. Therefore, a different model of charity must exist where all sides are inspired to do the hard work of relationship building.

That’s where Life Remodeled comes in.

a Life Remodeled volunteer having fun cleaning up the neighborhood

What We Do

With substantial investments of cash, labor and materials, Life Remodeled focuses on the intentional and equitable revitalization of Detroit neighborhoods distinguished by their significant need and radical hope.

Throughout the process of unifying for a common mission, participants begin to realize how much they respect and need each other, which is a catalyst for long-term relationships and partnerships.

a Life Remodeled volunteer having fun cleaning up the neighborhood

What We Do

Detroit once housed more than 1.8 million people. However, now with only 650,000 residents, we have a lot of vacant land—thousands of acres of overgrown brush and weeds making certain areas not only visually depressing but also more dangerous.

The City of Detroit’s blight removal program is second to none, however COVID-19 has brought about significant budget cuts. That said, it’s just not possible for vacant properties to be maintained weekly at this time in our city’s history, and we need the help of volunteers like you to continue investing in the neighborhoods surrounding the one stop shop of opportunity that we’ve created together–the Durfee Innovation Society.

Additionally, given the division and polarization we’re facing in our country, we need Six Day Projects where people from all walks of life can work together–now more than ever.

2021 Six Day Project dates TBD.

Projects are determined by the community’s hopes and dreams, and we assist in three areas: renovating and repurposing former school buildings into opportunity hubs, repairing owner-occupied homes, and annually mobilizing 10,000 volunteers in six days to beautify the four square miles surrounding our current opportunity hub.

2021 Six Day Project dates TBD.

Getting Involved

Detroit once housed more than 1.8 million people. However, now with only 650,000 residents, we have a lot of vacant land—thousands of acres of overgrown brush and weeds making certain areas not only visually depressing but also more dangerous.

The City of Detroit’s blight removal program is second to none, however COVID-19 has brought about significant budget cuts. That said, it’s just not possible for vacant properties to be maintained weekly at this time in our city’s history, and we need the help of volunteers like you to continue investing in the neighborhoods surrounding the one stop shop of opportunity that we’ve created together–the Durfee Innovation Society.

Additionally, given the division and polarization we’re facing in our country, we need Six Day Projects where people from all walks of life can work together–now more than ever.

2021 Six Day Project dates TBD.

a Life Remodeled volunteer having fun cleaning up the neighborhood

Keeping Everyone Safe

Below are the measures we took to keep our volunteers safe and healthy during the Six Day Project:

  • Volunteers were distanced at least 10 feet at all times.
  • All tools were pre-sanitized before use.
  • Volunteers drove their own vehicles to the project site.
  • Each volunteer team worked on one block, and one block only. Blocks were limited to 10-30 individuals per block, to keep volunteers spread apart.
  • No tool swapping/sharing was permitted.
  • Volunteers were required to bring their own masks, gloves and water.

In the past, Life Remodeled made only one year investments into neighborhoods. However, in 2017, we committed to investing three to five years per community as we move forward. We will remain focused exclusively on the Durfee/Central community until September 2021. After that, we will begin investing in another Detroit neighborhood, but we will continue to lead the Durfee Innovation Society indefinitely.

Life Remodeled Family Values

Community First

We prioritize the expertise, desires and needs of students and community residents in the neighborhoods where our projects are focused. Their ideas, hopes and dreams matter most. Bottom line, no matter how awesome anyone thinks Life Remodeled’s projects are, they mean absolutely nothing if they don’t align with the values and ambitions of children, youth and adults who make up the local community.

Always Find a Way

Our annual goals are always nearly out of reach. Unforeseen circumstances happen. Things change, and we are not only flexible, but we find better solutions than ever before. Every day we are innovating and creating a future that doesn’t yet exist. There is always a way, and our team is made of those who not only believe this, but they make it happen.

Bold Humility

If you’re only bold, you’re a jerk. If you’re only humble, you’re a doormat. Wielding the balance of these two powerful attributes is what drives Team Life Remodeled to take the form of servant leaders who value the needs of others over our own with confidence and determination. We embrace our weaknesses and limitations, and we know we all have blind spots. Therefore, we are life-long learners who see every encounter and every challenge as opportunities to learn and grow as human beings.

2011 / Westland

Life Remodeled constructed a single-family home from the ground up in six days and provided ongoing, holistic support services for the recipient family. A total of 500 volunteers also helped beautify the surrounding neighborhood.

2012 / Pontiac, Redford, Hazel Park, Farmington Hills

Life Remodeled constructed a single-family home from the ground up in six days and provided ongoing, holistic support services for the recipient family. A total of 500 volunteers also helped beautify the surrounding neighborhood.