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Life Remodeled

Together w/ You!

aka Life Remodeled   |   Detroit, MI   |  www.liferemodeled.org

Mission

Our Why: Detroiters have all the talent they need, but many don’t have access to all the opportunities they deserve. What We Do: Life Remodeled works with communities and organizations to create neighborhood revitalization that lasts. The Root Problem: As a result of our country’s deep and tragic history of systemic racism, many predominantly Black communities are still not experiencing equitable access to opportunities to thrive in the areas of education, economic prosperity and health & wellness.

Ruling year info

2011

Founder + CEO

Chris Lambert

Main address

2470 Collingwood St.

Detroit, MI 48206 USA

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EIN

27-5020487

NTEE code info

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Watching the news can be a painful reminder of how divided our country truly is. Race, religion and educational background are just a few divides across which we struggle to cooperate. In addition, despite sometimes living only miles apart, Americans of ample means and those living in poverty dwell in drastically different worlds. Rarely do we put forth the effort necessary to overcome the challenges of communicating and understanding one another, which cripples society's ability to find impactful solutions.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Opportunity Hubs

We renovate vacant school buildings, which used to be the most important & centralized buildings in communities, repurposing them into hubs providing families with opportunities in youth programs, jobs and community resources. Our current opportunity hub is the former Durfee Elementary-Middle School has nearly 40 tenants providing resources to 17,500+ Detroiters anually.

Population(s) Served

We mobilize thousands of diverse volunteers, over six straight days every year, who work together with a unified purpose of removing blight on vacant properties.

Since 2014, Life Remodeled has invested $38.5 million in cash, labor and materials in four Detroit Public Schools Community District buildings and their respective surrounding neighborhoods. We've repaired 194 homes, beautified 1,810 blocks, boarded up 2,062 houses, and engaged 72,276 volunteers.

Population(s) Served

We connect hard working Detroit homeowners, whose quality of life is being negatively affected by a leaking roof, lack of heat in their homes or damaged windows, with generous contractors who donate time and materials. Since 2014, Life Remodeled has repaired 194 homes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Adults
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Adults
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
Adults
At-risk youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Finalist for Crain's Best Managed Nonprofit 2022

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

77,020 volunteers have engaged with Life Remodeled since 2014, clearing blight and beautifying Detroit neighborhoods during the annual 6 Day Project.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Opportunity Hubs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Life Remodeled and our 39 Durfee Innovation Society tenants directly served more than 22,000 Detroiters through afterschool programming, jobs/workforce development and human services.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We exist to bridge people across divides in order to help transform each other's lives – investing approximately $5 million in cash, labor and materials into one Detroit neighborhood each year.

Projects are determined by the community's needs and vision, and we assist in three areas: Remodeling a community asset, repairing owner-occupied homes, and mobilizing 10,000 volunteers to beautify 300 city blocks in six days.

We organize and execute large-scale, volunteer-fueled neighborhood revitalization projects, driven by the expressed needs and vision of the local community.

Life Remodeled's approach to neighborhood sustainability consists of five things:
1) Focusing on the community's vision, rather than importing a new vision from “outside" the community
2) Engaging students and community residents in planning and implementation
3) Increasing the influence of key community and school leaders
4) Modeling a successful system of blight removal, volunteer management and partnership
5) Recruiting new stakeholders who make long-term commitments to the school or community assets and neighborhood.

Inspired in part by the television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," which aired on ABC TV from 2003 to 2012, Life Remodeled began in 2010, when 500 church members and volunteers completed the task of constructing a single-family home in just six-days to be given to a family in need. For the next several years, the effort expanded each year to build additional houses in a number of different neighborhoods. In 2013, Life Remodeled completed its first large-scale neighborhood project with one new home and garage constructed, 36 homes remodeled, 253 vacant houses boarded up and 65 city blocks beautified in Detroit's North End.

In 2014, Life Remodeled redirected its focus to include an emphasis on a Detroit Public School. At Cody High School, Life Remodeled and its partners created a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) lab and a Medical Simulation Lab, revamped the home economics room and built a new $1.2 million synthetic turf football field, allowing students to host a football game at home that school year for the first time in seven seasons. Additionally, more than 10,000 volunteers came together for a week in August to clear debris, board up 254 vacant houses and beautify 303 blocks of the Cody Rouge neighborhood, while creating safe pathways to school for kids.

In 2015, Life Remodeled moved east to Osborn, one of Detroit's most-blighted neighborhoods. Efforts focused on a new roof, gym, cafeteria, library and main office, among other upgrades to the Osborn High School building. Prior to the new roof installation, students and faculty regularly had to deal with water leakage every time it rained. In addition to the high school improvements, thousands of volunteers from all over the region, and even outside of the state, once again came together, clearing debris across 300 blocks and boarding up 472 vacant houses. Pulaski Elementary-Middle School also received a deep cleaning and two new playscapes.

In 2016, Life Remodeled constructed a new $1.4 million park designed by Denby High School students, adjacent to Denby High School. Eighty home owners living within the surrounding neighborhood received critical home repairs, and more than 10,700 volunteers beautified 303 city blocks and boarded up 362 vacant houses.

Since 2014 with the help of more than 300 partner organizations, Life Remodeled has coordinated a total of 42,232 volunteers to clean up 1,273 city blocks, board up 1,622 vacant homes and repair 184 owner-occupied homes.

In July 2017, a formerly vacant Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) building was leased to Life Remodeled for $1/year for 50 years. This space was turned into the Durfee Innovation Society, an opportunity hub located in one of Detroit’s most underserved neighborhoods. Life Remodeled has invested more than $3.5 million in labor and materials into this property in order to create a suitable, sustainable space for non-profits and for-profits to move in and provide resources and opportunities to community members in the areas of education, entrepreneurship, workforce development and human services. The DIS has 39 tenants, is at 100% capacity and is fully self-sustainable.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Life Remodeled

Board of directors
as of 02/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ron Risher

Blue Water Advisors

Jim Bahbah

Oak Pointe Church

Chuck Binkowski

Barton Malow

Alice Thompson

BFDI Educational Services

Gina Peoples

Life Remodeled Community Advisory Council – Chair

Holly Kinnear

Taubman

Chris Brooks

Woodside Bible Church

Chris Lambert

Life Remodeled

Dwan Dandridge

Black Leaders Detroit

Josh Bennett

Temple Israel

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/25/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.