Lean on We / 2022


Driven by her desire to give back to her community (and at the encouragement of her grandmother), Sara started volunteering with Life Remodeled in July of 2020.

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Jaren Bell

Detroit has been viewed through many lenses. And, good or bad, the image seen is a matter of perspective.

For Jaren Bell, a lens brought everything into focus — literally.

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Principal LaToyia Webb

“I am from Detroit. I started my career with Detroit, and I will retire from Detroit. This is my home.”

It’s this sense of fierce loyalty that led LaToyia to the Central-Durfee K–12 Campus, where she serves as Principal.

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Teresa Singleton

Most people don’t make a habit of running toward danger.

For Teresa Singleton, when a friend suggested she join the Detroit Fire Department, her response was blunt…

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Coach Jimmie Macon

Football is, of course, a game of inches.

For Coach Jimmie Macon of Detroit Central High School, those aren’t the only numbers he thinks about.

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Andre McCullough

There’s a fine line between skeptical and cynical.

For Andre, when a do-gooder moved into his neighborhood, he drew that line a bit more distinctly.

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If there is one thing a global pandemic can reveal, it’s how important our health is.

For Charles, the health of his community is equally important — and he feels a responsibility to take care of it.

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Annette Lotharp

It’s been said that space is the final frontier for those looking to boldly go where no man has gone before.

In this case, it’s technically a woman (and her husband). And though Annette Lotharp has arguably gone where no one has gone before, it was a bit closer to home.

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Teresa Clarington

For its residents, the riots that changed the physical and emotional landscape of Detroit in 1967 hit close to home.

For then 11-year-old Teresa Clarington, they hit really close to her childhood home in Boston-Edison.

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Gina Peoples