About Us

Life Remodeled is a non-profit organization that exists to remodel lives – one neighborhood at a time. We use holistic strategies to make dramatic and immediate impact in communities and to establish foundations for long-term sustainable growth and development.

Our annual project includes remodeling a Detroit Public School each summer to help create academic and athletic improvements and to help restore the school as a source of pride within the community. Additionally, we believe by partnering with local residents to remove blight in the surrounding area and create safe and inspirational pathways to the school, we will help build up and sustain a neighborhood that radiates hope to the rest of the city.

We continue to work in these neighborhoods for years to come to enhance the schools, revitalize housing, increase employment opportunities, and cultivate long-term relationships, all of which enable the development of healthy and thriving communities.

Remodeling lives one neighborhood at a time!

Our Stories

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  • WJR - Life Remodeled

  • WJR - Hope for Cody High

  • WJR - Cody High Football

Our Sponsors

  • General Motors, Detroit Public Schools, Barton Malow, Quicken Loans, The Skillman Foundation, Cunningham Limp, Metro Detroit Churches, ABB, Cross Renovations
  • BASF, Framed by Grace Films, Detroit Tree Recycling Inc., The United Way, Marathon, Chrysler, Taubman, Alleycat Designs, Allied, Carrier, Levy
  • BASF, Framed by Grace Films, Detroit Tree Recycling Inc., The United Way, Marathon, Chrysler, Taubman, Alleycat Designs, Allied, Carrier, Levy
  • Faithworks, The Joy-Southfield Community, The Sports Club of Novi, Cody-Rouge Community Alliance, Karnak corp., Bill and Rod's Appliances, Detroit PAL, Ikea, Microsoft

Our History

2011

2011

In April 2010, the idea of “Life Remodeled” was conceived. After one year of careful consideration and planning, we set out to accomplish our first project.

In April 2011, over 500 brave volunteers blazed new trails with pioneering zeal by building a brand new house for a single mother and her four daughters in Westland, Michigan…in just six days. Additionally, we beautified the surrounding neighborhood. This project was spearheaded by Ekklesia, a Westland-based church, as well as Faith Works, a nonprofit from Rochester Hills.

2012

2012

Those who participated in the adventurous 2011 project could not help but talk about what had been accomplished in those six days. Many described the experience as “the most exciting week of [their] entire lives.”

The enthusiasm was so contagious that we endeavored to expand our reach in order to build four brand new houses, and beautify four neighborhoods in four Metro Detroit cities, each in just six days time. Life Remodeled partnered with more than 20 Metro Detroit churches and many local businesses in order to organize and finance the 2012 project.

2013

2013

Springing forth from the radical momentum of our multi-city collaboration in 2012, the number one question from our partners was, "When are we heading to Detroit?" Our response: "2013."

2013 was a quantum leap forward for Life Remodeled. Partners from the business and church worlds came to the table with lavish provision of labor, materials and finances. Together, we built a brand new home and garage, remodeled 36 neighbors’ homes, boarded up 253 vacant dangerous houses and beautified 65 blocks in Detroit's North End with over 5,200 volunteers in just six days!

2014

2014

2014 was nothing short of miraculous! In partnership with the residents of Cody Rouge, Detroit Public Schools and the City of Detroit, we teamed with hundreds of Detroit-area churches, businesses and nonprofits, mobilizing over 10,000 talented volunteers in order to remodel three schools in the Cody Rouge Community. Additionally we tore down three burned-out houses, remodeled 25 homes, boarded up 254 vacant houses, beautified 303 city blocks, and completed the construction of a $1 million synthetic football field!

Although the 2014 six-day project has passed, we are still working in the Cody Rouge Community. Life Remodeled endeavors to remodel homes of current homeowners and rehabilitate vacant homes to create viable home options for new community members. By renovating two homes for the purpose of selling them, Life Remodeled aims to bring new families into Cody Rouge and to continue creating a safe environment conducive to the development of a healthy community. This will also provide economic improvement by way of real-estate growth and development. By utilizing local and regional licensed general contractors who will be encouraged to hire local laborers and tradesmen, we plan to enhance the economic well being of Cody Rouge, reducing the unemployment rate while also increasing home values.

Need + Hope + Life Remodeled = Radical Transformation with Enduring Sustainability!

2015

2015 & Beyond

Our 2015 project will take place August 3-9, 2015 in Detroit’s Osborn Neighborhood. We are currently coordinating with the staff of Osborn High School to assess their renovation needs, and prioritize the projects that will have the greatest impact. Like Cody High School, Osborn is comprised of three academies: College Preparatory Academy, Collegiate Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, and Evergreen Academy of Design and Alternative Energy. Stay tuned for more details to come!

We also plan to remove blight and create beauty on over 300 city blocks surrounding Osborn High and more! Mark your calendars now, and we will see you then. Let’s roll up our sleeves and continue remodeling lives…one neighborhood at a time!

Now that you've read our history, we want to invite YOU to be part of Detroit's future... now.

Our History

2011

In April 2010, the idea of “Life Remodeled” was conceived. After one year of careful consideration and planning, we set out to accomplish our first project.

In April 2011, over 500 brave volunteers blazed new trails with pioneering zeal by building a brand new house for a single mother and her four daughters in Westland, Michigan…in just six days. Additionally, we beautified the surrounding neighborhood. This project was spearheaded by Ekklesia, a Westland-based church, as well as Faith Works, a nonprofit from Rochester Hills.

2012

Those who participated in the adventurous 2011 project could not help but talk about what had been accomplished in those six days. Many described the experience as “the most exciting week of [their] entire lives.”

The enthusiasm was so contagious that we endeavored to expand our reach in order to build four brand new houses, and beautify four neighborhoods in four Metro Detroit cities, each in just six days time. Life Remodeled partnered with more than 20 Metro Detroit churches and many local businesses in order to organize and finance the 2012 project.

2013

Springing forth from the radical momentum of our multi-city collaboration in 2012, the number one question from our partners was, "When are we heading to Detroit?" Our response: "2013."

2013 was a quantum leap forward for Life Remodeled. Partners from the business and church worlds came to the table with lavish provision of labor, materials and finances. Together, we built a brand new home and garage, remodeled 36 neighbors’ homes, boarded up 253 vacant dangerous houses and beautified 65 blocks in Detroit's North End with over 5,200 volunteers in just six days!

2014

Each year we ask ourselves the question, "How can we more effectively achieve our mission?" Coming out of our 2013 Project, we learned two things:

  1. We need to focus exclusively on the City of Detroit, one neighborhood at a time
  2. We need to stop building new houses

Although the six families who have already received beautiful brand new homes are doing exceedingly well, we realized that we needed to shift gears. While the construction of a new home served as the heart of our previous projects, we needed to do something the whole community could rally behind. Our new model became clear, and we decided that each summer we will remodel a school in Detroit and beautify the surrounding neighborhoods in order to create safe and inspirational pathways for kids traveling to and from school.

We are often asked, “Why Cody?” The answer is simple: Need + Hope. Our criteria for choosing Detroit neighborhoods is summed up in those two words. Every neighborhood we invest in must have the combination of both.

Need + Hope + Life Remodeled = Radical Transformation with Enduring Sustainability!

2015

We believe in Detroit. Not just downtown... but Detroit! Our focus is Detroit's neighborhoods, and we certainly have our work cut out for us.

One of the mantras we've developed is, "We don't serve neighborhoods...We serve WITH neighborhoods." Each year we have increasingly become better and better at connecting with the hearts of residents. Pouring into a Detroit school each year has become one of the wisest decisions we have ever made.

The hearts of Cody staff, students and residents are with us, and ours are with them. We are in this together, because we believe we are ultimately created to become family.

Now that you've read our history, we want to invite YOU to be part of Detroit's future... now.

Get Involved

Money

Give online through PayPal. Don’t have a PayPal account? You can give by Credit Card. You will be redirected to a new page. All donations are tax-deductible.
Please mail checks to:
Life Remodeled
P.O. BOX 28508
Detroit, MI 48228

Materials

We still need laptops, state-of-the art furniture, window caulking, and a new track at Cody High. We invite you to stay tuned, and we will eventually generate a list of materials needed to facilitate our 2015 Project in Osborn.

Labor

Volunteer registration will become available May 2015. Stay tuned for how you can officially sign-up to participate in the August 3-9 project in Detroit’s Osborn Neighborhood.
If your company desires to mobilize volunteers and/or resources, or you are a commercial or residential contractor, please email Haley@LifeRemodeled.com today.

Be sure to sign up for our email list so that you can stay informed about how to get involved!

Life Remodeled is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible. As a result, a Form 990 has been filed with the IRS and can be obtained via a request in writing to P.O. BOX 28508, Detroit, MI 48228

Volunteer

Mark your calendars! We are thrilled to announce our plans for 2015, and we need YOU to make it happen! Our catalytic project week will take place August 3-9, 2015, and we want to invite you to join us for another incredible volunteer experience. We are excited to partner with the leadership of Osborn High School and the Osborn Neighborhood Alliance in order to provide extreme renovations to Osborn High, remove blight/create beauty on over 300 surrounding city blocks, and more! We will need thousands of volunteers to make these plans a reality, and we hope that you will join us!

Be sure to sign up for our email list so that you can stay informed about how to get involved!

Contact Us

Life Remodeled
P.O. BOX 28508
Detroit, MI 48228

Phone: (313) 744-3052

Chris Lambert | CEO | chris@liferemodeled.com
Mike Mentz | Construction Project Manager | mmentz@liferemodeled.com
Mike Tenbusch | Community Catalyst | mike@liferemodeled.com
Haley Bodine | Executive Administrator | haley@liferemodeled.com
Questions about giving financially? Email: give@liferemodeled.com
Questions about getting involved? Email: info@liferemodeled.com