About Us



Watching the news can be a painful reminder of how divided our country truly is. Race, religion and educational background are just a few divides across which we struggle to cooperate. In addition, despite sometimes living only miles apart, Americans of ample means and those living in poverty dwell in drastically different worlds. Rarely do we put forth the effort necessary to overcome the challenges of communicating and understanding one another, which cripples society’s ability to find impactful solutions.

In Metropolitan Detroit, we have witnessed well-intentioned suburban individuals and groups attempt to alleviate Detroit’s poverty crisis by sending money, and many under-resourced people in the city are grateful for the assistance. Yet both are apprehensive about making the sacrifices necessary to develop meaningful relationships with one another. While financial resources are critical to urban renewal, those with resources and those without must forge lasting partnerships that include the sharing of knowledge, experience and networking to sustain neighborhood revitalization. Therefore, a different model of charity must exist where both sides are inspired to do the hard work of relationship building.

This is where Life Remodeled comes in.

We exist to bridge people across divides in order to help transform each other’s lives – investing approximately $5 million approximately $5 million in cash, labor and materials into one Detroit neighborhood each year. Projects are determined by the community’s needs and vision, and we assist in three areas: Remodeling a community asset, repairing owner-occupied homes, and mobilizing 10,000 volunteers to beautify 300 city blocks in six days.

The scale of volunteerism required to plan and implement our projects provides catalytic opportunities for individuals to meet on level playing fields, where everyone has something to offer. While serving together in highly inspirational environments, the resourced and the under-resourced begin to let down their guards and engage in meaningful conversations that build rapport. Likewise, we create a culture where those who are Democrat or Republican, pro-life or pro-choice, faith-based or atheist, and so on, feel confident and inspired to work collaboratively and even share who or what motivates them.

Our Approach to Sustainability


Life Remodeled Family Values

PEOPLE OVER PROJECTS

We believe our projects are exceptionally valuable, but people are priceless. The people we serve and those we serve alongside matter more than the processes and the products.

SEE THE UNSEEN

We believe in looking beyond the way things may appear and seeing what could be.

BOLD HUMILITY

We believe in taking the form of servants who value others over ourselves. We do so with confidence and relentless determination.

ENDURING CHANGE

We believe in investing in work that has strong potential for sustainability, and we work strategically towards that end.

PEOPLE OVER PROJECTS

We believe our projects are exceptionally valuable, but people are priceless. The people we serve and those we serve alongside matter more than the processes and the products.

SEE THE UNSEEN

We believe in looking beyond the way things may appear and seeing what could be.

BOLD HUMILITY

We believe in taking the form of servants who value others over ourselves. We do so with confidence and relentless determination.

ENDURING CHANGE

We believe in investing in work that has strong potential for sustainability, and we work strategically towards that end.