YOU are in Crain’s Top 40!

Dear Life Remodelers, Whether you consider yourself to be above or below 40 years of age, YOU made it into the 2017 Crain’s 40 under 40 list! Every year Crain’s Detroit Business recognizes 40 achievers (under the age of 40), and because of your commitment, donations and volunteer support, I was selected to the 2017 class. With the exception of …

Do You Remember?

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Since the first year Life Remodeled was founded, we have always made big plans and taken big actions long before the resources came.  Do you remember the $1.2 million synthetic football field we built for Cody High School in 2014?  Because they didn’t have one, they were forced to play every single game away for six straight seasons… including homecoming! During the fundraising …

My Best + Worst Weekend

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Because of your support, last weekend I was able to experience one of the most exciting opportunities I’ve had all year. The story begins in October 2016 when one of our supporters opened the door for to meet one of my heroes. Nick Vujicic was born without limbs, and he has been living an epic story full …

Back to their Roots

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Detroit has grown many of the world’s most famous musicians, sports figures, and leaders. It was also the city that brought a lot of great music to our ears and gave the world the automobile. And while the city has struggled for some time to retain talent, it has never lacked the ability to produce it. …

Unity in the Community

Dear Team Life Remodeled, All of us are thoroughly disturbed by the recent actions of America’s racist underbelly.  Hate is radically-determined to spread it’s venomous ideology. There are many topics on which we may not all agree, and we may not all hold the same political beliefs. However, there are times when we need to put those disagreements on hold …

Lou Toarmina

Lou Toarmina is founder and president of Toarmina’s Pizza. He has supported Life Remodeled since the first summer project near his home base in Westland in 2011. Those first few years he did what he does best, make pizza. He’s been feeding Life Remodeled volunteers, and more than a few leadership task force meetings, ever since. Along the way, Lou …

Muslims. Jews. Christians. Atheists. And More.

Dear Life Remodeled Family, If you know much about me, you probably know my personal life mission: “I’m constantly seeking to be like a certain Jewish construction worker whom I believe lived about 2,000 years ago, was brutally murdered, bounced back three days later and is alive and well.” Jesus is my strength and reason to confidently lay down all …

Kris Kreiner

    How does a retired school teacher who lives in Dexter end up regularly volunteering in Detroit with Life Remodeled? For Kris Kreiner, it’s education in another form. “My mother grew up in Detroit. I have a heart for Detroit because it is part of my past,” Kris said. “Even before Life Remodeled started, I felt like I was …

Why you do it…

Dear Team Life Remodeled, I know why most people are motivated to support our work – because we help provide meaningful opportunities for under-resourced schoolchildren to thrive. Speaking of opportunity, we recently transported a busload of Durfee students to TechShop Detroit, who donated an exciting, hands-on educational experience. Check out the kids’ reaction in this two-minute video. https://youtu.be/IYSqIq3P5R8 These are …

Universal Prejudice

Dear Life Remodeled Family, A few months ago, I participated in a two-day race relations exercise with executive leaders from dozens of local corporations.  Polarizing topics like race and prejudice personally energize me.  While the teaching did not shock me, some of the reactions I witnessed certainly did. Tears, yelling, and insults were the last things I expected from this …