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Life Remodeled Volunteers Spruce Up Farmington Hills Neighborhood

Projects like clearing out brush, weeding and simple home repairs in Olde Towne precede this week's 24/6 home building project on Rensselaer.

When Farmington Hills resident Sharon Manning was asked to help with a Life Remodeled homebuilding project, she had no idea it would hit so close to home. 

In May, the Farmington Hills city council approved sale of a city-owned property on Rensselaer to Life Remodeled, which does 24-hour, 6-day building projects that result in a home being turned over to a family in need.

"I was asked by the leaders of this particular build to help," Manning said, explaining that she has a background in home construction. "Then I saw the map, and I saw that it was my neighborhood. At that point, how could I not?"

Sponsored by , ,  and  churches, Life Remodeled does 24-hour, 6-day home building projects. They turn the home over to a family in need, provided the family agrees to life skills counseling, spiritual guidance, training in money management and home maintenance. 

Manning is one of two leaders for beautification teams, which go into neighborhoods ahead of the build and help locals with home and yard improvement projects. She has a list of 200 volunteers who have, over the past three weekends, done yard work, replaced a rotting porch, shored up a wheelchair ramp, painted, weeded and cleared flower beds. 

"I now know a lot of my neighbors that I didn't know before," Manning said. 

Jillian Kaminga of Dearborn joined the beautification volunteers after hearing about the project at , where she works. She said Life Remodeled is her first volunteer experience, and it has been a good one. 

In addition to meeting great people, she said, "I enjoy doing something for the community."

Novi resident Arlene Smithson came to Life Remodeled through Oak Pointe church, where she has participated in other community service projects. In addition to the sense of satisfaction that comes with helping others, she said, volunteering "gets me out into the world."

Construction on the house is expected to begin today and be completed Aug. 12. There will be one more beautification day, on Aug. 11, 8 a.m. to noon. For more information or to volunteer, visit liferemodeled.com.

grama August 07, 2012 at 12:02 AM
As a resident of Olde Towne, I think what they are doing is great.
Beth Montalvo August 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM
As a person who works in Olde Towne, I think what they are doing is great too!
Mark Besh August 17, 2012 at 05:03 PM
The NEXT "Life Remodeled" build is NEXT WEEK (August 20-26) in Redford, MI [ 19125 Poinciana, Redford - 7 Mile/Inkster ] http://goo.gl/maps/Um7kE MORE INFO: http://www.facebook.com/LifeRemodeledRedford VOLUNTEER: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948A5AD2CA02-hospitalityhttp://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090948A5AD2CA02-general
Mark Besh June 04, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Life Remodeled will be doing a REALLY BIG project in a DETROIT neighborhood this summer—from July 29 to Aug 4, 2013—in the "New Center" area (just north of Wayne State). They are going to: - Build a new house in SIX DAYS! - Renovate 24 houses - Board up 250 vacant houses - ‘Beautify’ 48 BLOCKS surrounding the new house So, MANY VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED, and no construction experience is necessary! (Volunteers are needed 24 x 7 for the entire week). MORE INFO or to VOLUNTEER: http://LifeRemodeled.com/

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