Durfee Innovation Society

2019 Project

Our 2019 Six Day Project was another major success! With the help of 9,713 volunteers from the city and surrounding suburbs, we were able to address 257 heavily blighted alleyways surrounding the Durfee Innovation Society, host a summer camp for 125 children and a basketball camp for 37 youth, and our Family Fun Day (with the largest bounce house in the world) drew in more than 3,000 Detroit kids and their families. Stay tuned for details on our 2020 Six Day Project, which will take place August 3 – 8. Also, please join us at our Sixth Annual Fundraising Event: The Power of Community, on December 5, 2019.

As 2019 marks the 52nd year anniversary of the 1967 Detroit uprising, Life Remodeled and our partners continue to invest in the neighborhood surrounding Central High School and the Durfee Innovation Society, in the community where Detroit’s civil unrest began. Our collective impact serves not only as a powerful commemoration of the progress that has been made, but also the progress we continue to strive toward.

In the past, Life Remodeled made only one year investments into neighborhoods, however in 2017 we decided to commit three to five years per community as we move forward. We will remain focused exclusively on the Durfee/Central community until at September 2021. After that, we will begin investing in another Detroit neighborhood (location TBD), but we will still continue to lead the Durfee Innovation Society indefinitely.

Durfee Innovation Society

The Durfee Innovation Society (DIS) exists to create substantial and impactful opportunities for Detroit children, families and single adults, while advancing collaboration among the eight major sectors (arts, business, education, faith-based, government, human services, media and philanthropy) in both the city and its surrounding suburbs.

Life Remodeled has repurposed the former Durfee Elementary-Middle school building into the “Durfee Innovation Society,” which is a hub of opportunity for children, students and adults. Instead of creating new programs ourselves, we created a dynamic environment for the best and brightest nonprofit organizations and for-profit companies to move in, share resources and achieve greater collective impact. In partnership with students and community leaders, our new tenants move the needle on educational outcomes and community revitalization. They provide innovative approaches to education, employment, support for entrepreneurs and various social services. In order to be a tenant inside the DIS, organizations must enrich the human spirit of Detroiters by achieving at least one of the following:

  1. implementing real world educational opportunities for youth and/or children
  2. creating significant workforce development and employment opportunities for youth and/or adults
  3. supporting and cultivating entrepreneurism
  4. providing a nonprofit service

Address + DIS Website

The Durfee Innovation Society is located at 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206 and you can visit the website here. 

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