Life Remodeled’s flagship project is to renovate and repurpose former Detroit Public School Community District buildings into hubs of opportunity for the surrounding community. Our opportunity hubs address a number of critical challenges these communities face while also creating efficiency and collaboration for our nonprofit and entrepreneurial tenants.

Durfee Innovation Society

The Durfee Innovation Society (DIS), located in the former Durfee Elementary-Middle School, is Life Remodeled’s first opportunity hub. Instead of creating new programs ourselves, we created a dynamic environment for the best and brightest nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies to move in, share resources, and achieve greater collective impact. 

In partnership with students and community leaders, our tenants move the needle on educational outcomes and community revitalization. They provide innovative approaches to education, employment, support for entrepreneurs, and various human services. In order to be a tenant at the DIS, organizations must enrich the human spirit of Detroiters by achieving at least one of the following:

  • Implementing real-world educational opportunities for youth and/or children
  • Creating significant workforce development and employment opportunities for youth and/or adults
  • Supporting and cultivating entrepreneurship
  • Providing a nonprofit human service

The success of the DIS is measured through three key outcomes:

What’s Next?

Life Remodeled is currently in the process of prospecting our next opportunity hub, which we expect to break ground on in the fall of 2022. The community we move to will be distinguished by their significant need and radical hope. Keep checking this page for updates.

  • The DIS provides opportunities to youth, individuals and family in the community.
  • Youth learning at the DIS.

Life Remodeled partnered with Ford Motor Company and the Detroit Lions to make some much needed upgrades to Detroit Central High School’s football field and bring some holiday cheer to the team.