Inspiring the Nation… and the World

DearTeam Life Remodeled, Last week I had the privilege of presenting at the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service. It is the largest gathering of volunteer, national service and civic leaders in the world. Each year, thousands of people who care about the future of volunteer service convene in one place – this year it was in Detroit …

Principal Manningham

It’s been about three years since Tanisha Manningham first encountered Life Remodeled. The Cody High project was being planned for 2014, yet students at Denby, where she was an assistant principal at the time, were already planting seeds for what is happening in their neighborhood this summer. Now the principal at Denby, Tanisha is preparing her students for the coming …

Paul Albanelli

Paul Albanelli calls himself an old mudslinger. But not the kind that comes to mind in a presidential election year. His mudslinging refers to a 40-year career as a concrete contractor. And in four decades, Paul has gotten to know a lot of people in the business, many of whom are slinging some mud for Life Remodeled in Denby. Albanelli …

Kenyetta Campbell

Kenyetta Campbell’s efforts at community building in Cody Rouge on Detroit’s west side cover 14 years and she can point to several successes. Two summers ago, she witnessed a game changer in her neighborhood. “The experience that I personally had with Life Remodeled has truly been a blessing. I’ve never witnessed a project of this magnitude,” said the executive director of …

Tracy Perry

Tracy Perry purchased his first income property in 1995. Over the next two decades, the 51-year-old retired Detroit police officer has acquired several others, all surrounding Brewer Elementary School, two blocks west of Denby High School. That wasn’t his original plan, but it has turned out to be strategic.   With the support of Life Remodeled beginning the transformation of …

Marcell Copeland

Early in the documentary “Life in Osborn,” Marcell Copeland tells how the MAN Network community policing organization patrols Osborn to make the streets safer. Since February, he has been using his MAN experience to neighboring Denby as the Six Day Project manager for Life Remodeled. His task is daunting, overseeing more than a dozen task force teams that will lead …

Hakeem Weatherspoon

Hakeem Weatherspoon graduated from Denby High School in 2014 and has completed two years of a four-year full ride scholarship to Michigan State. The contrasts between Denby, where blight is a fact of life, and East Lansing, where manicured lawns are the rule, is not lost on him. “Walking on this campus is… a whole culture shock,” Hakeem told The …

Bob Walrich

You’ve probably never heard of Bob Walrich. He prefers it that way. But no one in the five years of Life Remodeled has shared more of his personal treasure with the mission to remodel lives… one neighborhood at a time. You have to go back to early August 2014 to a steamy hallway at Cody High School. Life Remodeled’s first …

Sandra Turner-Handy

Welcome to Faces of Life Remodeled, a weekly look at the people behind and in front of Life Remodeled’s efforts to transform lives… one neighborhood at a time. Let’s hear first from Sandra Turner-Handy of the Denby Neighborhood Alliance Having had the chance to work with Denby High School students over the last three years, I have learned a lot …

I Want to Give You $100

Team Life Remodeled, I’m excited to announce the launch of our crowdfunding campaign! What is crowdfunding? A fun strategy to raise small amounts of money from a large number of people. Check out our two-minute story: You can join our fundraising team online, and invite your friends to support you, as you support the mission. Create your fundraising page for …