Three Traditions

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Three traditions will soon be upon us: Thanksgiving. Black Friday. Giving Tuesday. Thanksgiving – A time to pause, connect with others, and celebrate the often overlooked goodness of God, which far outweighs the craziness of this world. Black Friday – A triumphant festival for retailers who have convinced the masses to begin early to purchase many …

Who Wins After the Election?

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Today is an important opportunity for you to help shape the future of our country. Please make the time to vote. Regardless of the outcome, I believe Detroit will keep on winning. I am confident in our city’s future, largely because of the generous people who live and work in our region! Last week, we held …

Free Gift

Dear Team Life Remodeled, We have a special gift for you! In 2015 we produced a dynamic, feature-length documentary titled “Life in Osborn.” Life in Osborn is the story of hope for one of Detroit’s most-blighted neighborhoods. It chronicles the efforts of Life Remodeled to make a sustainable difference in the northeast Detroit community that once was the most violent …

World Impact

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Last week I had the opportunity to spend seven days in northern England sharing about the work of Life Remodeled and learning best practices in global housing solutions for vulnerable people. The Building and Social Housing Foundation (BSHF) is an international foundation that organizes biannual peer exchange opportunities for approximately 15 exemplary organizations. The foundation searches …

Eric Smith

Clad in his red Life Remodeled T-Shirt, Eric Smith was among the legion of more than 10,000 volunteers who contributed to the makeover of the Denby neighborhood last month. He was there before the majority of volunteers, and after about 240 hours of work over six weeks leading up to and including Project Week, Eric is still in Denby. It’s …

Charles Cross

Denby’s new Skinner Park exists because of a long list of caring people. The Denby High School High students whose concept for the park grew out of curriculum that led them to tackle issues in the community, are most often mentioned. But even before the students cut out pictures from magazines to visualize what the playfield could become, Charles Cross …

Sarah-Rae Andreski

If you volunteered during the Life Remodeled project in Denby, you may remember Sarah-Rae Andreski standing on the tailgate of her father’s aging pickup truck, her navy blue Life Remodeled T-shirt sleeves rolled to the shoulders, aviator sunglasses and work boots; her drill sergeant-style voice booming instructions above the din of lawn mowers, heavy-duty construction equipment and the squeal of …

Kate Hopper

Kate Hopper knew only a little about Life Remodeled before meeting its charismatic leader, Chris Lambert, during a photography session about a year ago. Chris had been suggested as a subject for one of Kate’s GMRENCEN Selfie print ads promoting the Renaissance Center.   “He came to the shoot and his story was so inspiring,” Kate recalled. “I just wanted …

Afraid of Detroit

Dear Team Life Remodeled, Do you know anyone who is afraid of Detroit? I mean afraid as in spending more than a few hours to attend a Lions, Tigers or Red Wings game in the city? My wife, Andrea, is brave enough to admit that for many years she was too scared to move back to the city we now …

Russ DiBartolomeo

Russ DiBartolomeo is like so many who learned about Life Remodeled through a business acquaintance. In his case, it was Steve Guidos from Cunningham-Limp construction, whose contributions to previous Life Remodeled projects included the medical simulation lab at Cody High School and the media center at Osborn High. “Steve knew I was in the steel fabricating business and knew I …