Ron Risher

Dialog Direct – Chairman

Dialog Direct – Chairman

Alice Thompson

Black Family Development, Inc. – CEO

Black Family Development, Inc. – CEO

Chris Brooks

Evangel Ministries – Senior Pastor

Evangel Ministries – Senior Pastor

Chris Lambert

CEO/Founder

Life Remodeled – CEO/Founder

Chuck Binkowski

Barton Malow – COO

Barton Malow – COO

Dom Morelli

VP of Partnership Development

VP of Partnership Development

Jim Bahbah

COO

Life Remodeled – COO

Kevin Smith

EITI – COO

EITI – COO

R. York Moore

InterVarsity – National Evangelist

InterVarsity – National Evangelist

Dwan Dandridge

Vice President – Projects & Community Engagement

Vice President – Projects & Community Engagement

dwan@liferemodeled.com

Denise Lyles

DCIC Director

Dominique Campbell

Director of Groups & Youth Engagement
Director of Groups & Youth Engagement

dominique@liferemodeled.com

Rod Blake

Leasing Director
Rod Blake | Leasing Director

rod@liferemodeled.com

Kelly Cleaver

Director of Philanthropy
Director of Philanthropy

kelly@liferemodeled.com

Regina Himmelspach

Project Management
Project Management

regina@liferemodeled.com

Carlton White

Database Coordinator
Database Coordinator

carlton@liferemodeled.com

Melissa Meadows


Community Innovation Center

Description:

Due to the fact that Central High School students previously occupied less than 20 percent of their school building, the Detroit Public Schools Community District relocated students from Durfee Elementary-Middle School into Central’s building, consolidating into one K-12 school.

The school district invited Life Remodeled to lease the Durfee building (built in 1927, containing 143,000 square-feet) for just $1 per year, and we are repurposing this historic school building into a Community Innovation Center focused on entrepreneurship, employment, education and community.

Primary Goals

To increase access for Detroit students to quality educational opportunities (both during and after school) including hands-on learning opportunities, job skills, art, music, recreation and early childhood education.

To increase access for Detroit neighborhood residents to educational, job training and entrepreneurial opportunities that will help them find jobs and/or start their own businesses, strengthening families within the local community and boosting the local economy.

Vision

The Community Innovation Center will operate in collaboration with Central High School and the Detroit Public Schools Community District to provide hands-on education to students. Entrepreneurs will guest lecture in classrooms and students will have the opportunity to learn subjects, like math and finance, with real examples from case studies of business ventures taking place within the center. Community members of all ages will have access to resources and space in order to learn about entrepreneurship and employment opportunities. The center will also serve as valuable community and recreational space for families and their kids.

Tours

Ongoing tours are available every Friday (10am – 12pm and 1pm – 2pm). 2470 Collingwood St, Detroit, MI 48206. Please park in the southwest lot where you will see large Life Remodeled signs.

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2018 Project

Description:

As 2017 marked the 50th year anniversary of the 1967 Detroit uprising, Life Remodeled and our partners are investing in the neighborhood surrounding Central High School, the city’s first public high school, 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 one year commitments to neighborhoods, however we have decided to commit at least two years to the neighborhood surrounding Central High School.

In 2017 we:

  • began renovating and repurposing the former Durfee Elementary Middle School building (adjacent to Central High School)
  • repaired 53 homes
  • mobilized 11,032 volunteers in six days
  • boarded up 534 vacant houses
  • removed blight on 367 blocks

In 2018 we will work on the same blocks, but go beyond blight removal. Over the next few months we will continue to engage students and community residents to find out what beautification projects they desire. This might include planting thousands of trees and perennials, rain gardens, building park benches, bus shelters and more.

Because fall is a good time to plant, our 2018 Six-Day Project will take place October 1 – 6.

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