On an Island?

Hello Team Life Remodeled, As CEO, some of my responsibilities are easier than others. This past week, I’ve felt “like I was on an island.” Wait. I am on a beautiful island – Mackinac Island. I spent every waking hour rubbing shoulders with more than 1,500 Michigan CEOs, business executives and politicians at the Mackinac Policy Conference. The purpose of the …

Denise Lyles

When Life Remodeled chooses a neighborhood for investment, it seeks out community leaders to learn where significant need and radical hope exist. In Central Detroit, Denise Lyles is one of those leaders. She oversees the Lawrence/Collingwood/Burlingame Block Club, known as LCBC, bordered by the Linwood and Dexter thoroughfares; Denise has the pulse of her community where family members live on …

Andrea Lambert

When you’re Andrea Lambert, the wife of Life Remodeled founder and CEO Chris Lambert, you hear daily the blessings and frustrations of the urban mission dedicated to remodeling lives one neighborhood at a time. When you’re Andrea Lambert, Life Remodeled staff member, you hear many of the same things but from students, residents and community leaders of the neighborhood where …

“Retired” Execs Improve Life Remodeled

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Every great nonprofit invites its supporters to give money. Right now we’re campaigning to raise $2.5 million in cash to transform Durfee Elementary-Middle School into Detroit’s first-of-its-kind Community Innovation Center. I thank God for your incredible support so far! Yet at Life Remodeled, we value “people over projects,” and I’d like you to meet five of my …

Jim Bahbah

Jim Bahbah had been praying for several years about leaving the business world “while still young enough to have fruitful years to devote to ministry work.” A family decision during the Great Recession of 2008 started him on that road, eventually leading him to help oversee the day-to-day operations of Life Remodeled. After 25 years as a sales and marketing …

Ricardo Martin

Detroit’s majestic Central High School is Michigan’s oldest. Just 100 yards away stands the stately 90-year-old stone-and-brick Durfee Elementary Middle School, also one of the state’s oldest. This fall, Durfee’s 600 students will consolidate into a K12 campus within Central High. Longtime educator, former journalist and family ice cream business scooper Ricardo Martin is Durfee’s high-energy principal and on-the-ground point …

Melissa Meadows

If you have ever called Life Remodeled, you’ve spoken with Melissa Meadows, or heard her recorded offer to leave a message. By title, she is the mission’s full-time administrative assistant. But her role far exceeds supporting staff, climbing on semi-trailers to count lawn mowers and ordering 12,000 T-Shirts for Project Week volunteers. Were it not for a special encounter more …

Johnathon Matthews

Johnathon Matthews remembers looking out his Cody High School office window across Cathedral Street three years ago – before Life Remodeled led the effort that created Hope Field and the site of the Comets’ first home football games in seven years. “Anytime we start questioning what we can’t do, that field is a symbol that says we can do big …

Kelly Cleaver

Just as Life Remodeled’s mission of remodeling lives one neighborhood at a time seeks to make enduring change where it invests, becoming a sustainable non-profit requires expertise in areas like fundraising. Kelly Cleaver became Life Remodeled’s first Director of Development in January, assisting CEO Chris Lambert on cash and in-kind fundraising efforts for the two-year project to transform Durfee Elementary-Middle …

The 10 Minute Leader

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Every summer we mobilize at least 10,000 people to clean up 300 city blocks in just six days.  Volunteers continually say how astonished they are at the organization of their volunteer experience. When we explain that their leaders are also volunteers who received a single brief training session, they are even more amazed. Imagine launching a …