Dwan Dandridge

The list of skills to be the Six-Day Project manager for Life Remodeled includes planning, organization, management and creativity. Then there’s the intangible – the humility to recognize the massive task of clearing 300 city blocks of blight in less than a week. “We’re setting out to do the impossible,” said Dwan Dandridge, the Life Remodeled’s Project and Community Relations …

Osborn Floors Opponents

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Born and raised in Indiana, there is no sport I enjoy more than basketball.  However, my Hoosier days are long gone and I root for Michigan teams (Go Blue!). While I’m a big fan of March Madness, I think high school basketball is where it’s really at… and that’s why I’m proud to announce last week Osborn …

Steve Woloszyn

Anyone who has visited a Life Remodeled project site has seen the buzz of an army of volunteers bearing weed whips, tree trimmers and lawnmowers on the attack, or heard the high-pitched whine of table saws cutting plywood for boarding up vacant houses, or felt the rumble of heavy-duty equipment carting away brush and debris. What about the click-click-click of …

Orion Watson

Orion Watson knows how tough it can be to safely make it through the day in the Detroit Public Schools.   As a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) external coach to the leadership team at Osborn High School, his goal is to improve the educational culture and climate. For Osborn students, that means a happier learning experience and exposure to …

Dominique Love Rhodes

Dominique Rhodes was there when Life Remodeled began in 2011, the vision of a young pastor partially inspired by the popular TV show “Extreme Home Makeover.” Even then, Nique, as most people call her, thought “how cool would it be for Life Remodeled to be in Detroit.” Six years later, she is the first Group and Events Director for Life …

State Reformers Lack Education on DPS Challenges

Dear Team Life Remodeled, As you are aware, I’ve been outspoken in my disapproval of the plan by the State School Reform/Redesign Office (SSRO) to close 25 under-performing schools in Detroit. Life Remodeled is not alone in trying to make a difference in Detroit schools and neighborhoods, as you can read here on the non-profit education news site Chalkbeat. We …

Chris Lambert on The Frank Beckmann Show

Dear Team Life Remodeled, I am grateful for the generous media attention Life Remodeled continues to receive.  Along the journey, it has been a joy getting to know Frank Beckmann and his love for Detroit. Yesterday, Frank and I discussed the potential Detroit school closures, which has become a “hot topic.” In case you didn’t catch it live, here is …

Potential School Closings?

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Last week local news outlets presented the most recent list of potential school closures, developed by the State School Reform/Redesign Office (SSRO).  Osborn and Denby High Schools, where Life Remodeled partners and donors made tremendous investment in the last two years, are on the list. Durfee Elementary-Middle School and Central High School, the focus of our new two-year effort, also …

Best. Year. Ever.

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Welcome to the Best. Year. Ever. Of course I say that every January… because I always get excited about the new possibilities each new year, and each new day bring! We’ve started off with a bang, and I have three exciting pieces of news to share with you: Because of YOUR generosity, we exceeded our $100,000 …

Nearly 75% There

Hello Team Life Remodeled, On November 21st we mailed this postcard. This is the first bulk mail Life Remodeled has sent, and we were excited to see your response. Based on previous experience, we decided to set a year-end fundraising goal of $100,000. As of today, we have received $72,771 from a total of 51 donors.  Most gifts range from $10 to …