Here’s the bottom line, I was wrong to expect 650,000 people to maintain land designed for 1.8 million people… all by themselves. I’m proud of the city services Mayor Duggan and his team are providing. The City of Detroit’s blight removal program is literally second to none. 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.
As you know, Life Remodeled used to invest only one year per neighborhood, but starting in 2017, we upgraded our strategy. We’re spending five years in the neighborhood surrounding Durfee and Central High School. Every summer we are removing blight on vacant properties and beautifying the same four square miles, but each summer we go deeper and deeper. Our next Six Day Project is August 3 – 8, 2020, and this will be our fourth year invested here. Every year more and more Detroit residents are not only engaging in the project, but leading it. By the time we shift our focus to another Detroit community, we will have modeled and handed-off an effective and efficient system of volunteer management that will continue to exist for many years in this wonderful community.
Soon we intend to expand our reach and open another opportunity hub like the Durfee Innovation Society in another Detroit community while still remaining a part of this current community as a result of our 50 year lease of the DIS. In the meantime, we need our 10,000 volunteers to keep coming back to the Durfee/Central community, and we need all hands on deck October 5-10, 2020.
Thank you for supporting Life Remodeled as we grow and evolve along the way. We are stronger and more effective than ever before, and that’s largely because of YOU! 2020 is our 10th year anniversary, so get ready for our best year yet… which of course is true every year!
Thank you again, and may God bless each and every one of us as we continue to remodel not only the lives of others, but just as important, our own.