Historically, nonprofits have done a great job publicly recognizing and celebrating their largest financial donors. Company logos are easily visible on websites, brochures and other marketing materials; however, we all know that while financial support is imperative for nonprofits to stay in operation, there are so many other individuals whose contributions to our missions are priceless.

Life Remodeled brings communities and organizations together to help revitalize Detroit neighborhoods in an equitable, sustainable way.

We do everything together, and we put the community first. There are many Durfee/Central community members and students who may not have donated enough dollars to make our donor wall, but their impact is just as valuable. Therefore, we’re spotlighting 10 of the most influential community members who have made our work at the Durfee Innovation Society so successful.

Thanks to generous support from General Motors, Outfront Media, seeds marketing + design and Tom Gennara Photography, we’ve been able to create this awesome tribute to our community!


We’ll be releasing a new story each week for 10 weeks highlighting these individuals, and you also might spot them featured on billboards all throughout the metro-Detroit area! We’re grateful for their contributions and belief in Life Remodeled’s mission and projects, and we are so excited to share a new, incredible story with you each week!


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.

Read Sara’s Story

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.

Read Jaren’s Story

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.

Read LaToyia’s Story

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…

Read Teresa’s Story

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.

Read Coach’s Story

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.

Read Andre’s Story


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.

Read Charles’ Story

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.

Read Annette’s Story

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.

Read Teresa’s Story

Gina Peoples

Story coming soon!

Lean on We in the Media!

More than just our Life Remodeled team has found the stories of our honorees to be newsworthy! Check out the various news stories below highlighting the campaign and the community members who have been critical to the success of Life Remodeled and the Durfee Innovation Society!