Thanks to two recent, very large gifts from Masco and an anonymous family foundation, I’m excited to announce we’re down to the last 4% of our capital campaign for the Durfee Innovation Society! We only need to raise $148,852. Will you help us cross the finish line by donating to our “home stretch” fundraiser?
As you can see from the images below, the DIS has come a long way since Life Remodeled first moved in back in 2017. Through the generosity of dedicated volunteers, donors, and the Durfee-Central community, we’ve invested $4.2M to date and have restored this beautiful building in only three years!
While we are nearing the completion of renovations, Life Remodeled will continue to manage and guide the Durfee Innovation Society for decades in order to ensure it consistently achieves its mission. Once Life Remodeled begins to invest in our next community, our Community Advisory Council and the DIS tenants, with the help of a DIS operations team, will continue their important work of serving the community and utilizing the DIS as a space where community members can gather, propose solutions to challenges and continue to provide equitable opportunity to all.
Not only does the building look amazing, but we’re at 93% occupancy and our incredibly talented tenants have the capacity to ensure we can collectively achieve these goals:
The remaining renovations we’re fundraising for include roof repairs, LED lighting, minor electrical and exterior improvements. Additionally, we are renovating the old pool into a practice space for the Detroit Youth Choir. This area will also be used for youth programming, specifically for tutoring and after-school enrichment for the students at the neighboring Durfee Elementary-Middle School and Central High School. Many of these resilient students have struggled academically (especially during the pandemic) and will benefit from additional intensive academic support once coursework resumes.