About Us

Life Remodeled is a non-profit organization that exists to remodel lives—one neighborhood at a time. Our strategy includes remodeling a Detroit Public School each summer in order to create academic and athletic improvements. Additionally, we believe that if we partner with the local residents to remove blight in the surrounding area and create safe and inspirational pathways to the school, we will help to sustain and build up a neighborhood that radiates hope to the rest of the city!

All of this is made possible by thousands of phenomenal volunteers and very generous donors. Our partners are highly motivated and are unified in working towards a common goal. Such camaraderie produces an incredibly rewarding experience for all involved!

Remodeling lives one neighborhood at a time!

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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

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

2015 & Beyond

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.

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

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Please mail checks to:
Life Remodeled
P.O. Box 43091
Detroit, MI 48243

Materials

Interested in donating materials? Click below to view our full list of Materials Needed.

Labor

Ready to get in the action? We have something for you to do, regardless of your skill level. Our project is August 11th - 17th (7th Day Celebration on August 17th). Click below to choose the job, day(s) and shift(s) you want to volunteer. We are excited to have you on our team!

Volunteer

Together we will work on 6 days (August 11th - 16th) and celebrate with an epic party on August 17th. Please choose the job(s), day(s) and shift(s) you want to volunteer for.

Volunteers who work Monday - Friday must be at least 14 years of age. However, on Saturday we will undertake a special project that will be child-friendly and open to all ages.

When you arrive to the job site you will need to sign a waiver (minors will need guardian approval), and you will receive a Life Remodeled T-Shirt after making a $5 donation.

Are you ready? Let's do this!

**Service Area descriptions
  • Beautification: General clean up of the neighborhood, brush removal, painting, mowing, raking, planting, cleaning inside the schools.
  • Command Center Leader: In charge of orientation, water, communication, assignments, and monitoring progress. The Command Center Leader and assistants are the "go to" people managing the activities of the block
  • Safety/Security: Patrolling streets and parking lots by foot or van, manning doors at the school building, directing traffic, running shuttles.
  • Volunteer Services: Working registration tables and command center, acting as the service team for the neighborhood and Life Remodeled volunteers, addressing questions regarding the project, and assisting people as needed.
  • Food: Preparing, serving food, general kitchen tasks and providing water.
  • Medical: Medical background is a must. Will be posted in command center area and be on sight for small first-aid care. Responsible for calling 911 in the event of a larger emergency situation. Responsible for completing incident reports.
  • Cody Renovations: Trades people needed... plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters, interior designers and more to help renovate classrooms in Cody High School.
  • 7th Day Celebration: Assisting with set up, food service, tear down, and post-event clean up.
  • Prayer: Praying with people on the job site and in the neighborhood.

Contact Us

Life Remodeled
P.O. Box 43091
Detroit, MI 48243

Phone: 248.587.7709

Chris Lambert | Founder/President | chris@liferemodeled.com
Julie Cahill | Executive Director | julie@liferemodeled.com
John Miller | Chief Strategy Officer | jmiller@liferemodeled.com
Haley Bodine | Administrative Assistant | haley@liferemodeled.com
Questions about giving financially? Email: give@liferemodeled.com
Questions about getting involved? Email: info@liferemodeled.com