1. Life Remodeled - WDIV - Force 4 Good (31JUL14)


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    WDIV (Channel 4 in Detroit, MI) has a feature called "Force 4 Good," and Chuck Gaidica talked about what is planned to happen at Cody High School this summer—and some of the things that are happening right now. Boarded up, burnt down, and crumbling abandoned houses plague the streets of the Cody Rouge Community have become an eyesore and a safety threat. But that is going to change! From AUGUST 11-16, 2014, the nonprofit organization Life Remodeled will partner up with local businesses and the Cody Rouge Community to transform Cody High School and the 100 city blocks of blight surrounding the school. This will include demolishing 10 dangerous houses, boarding up 100 vacant houses, and 'beautifying' 100 blocks surrounding the Cody High School campus. They will also do some 'remodeling' of the two elementary schools close by. The Cody Rouge Community has been through a lot, and no one knows the potential the community has better than life-long Cody resident Kenyetta Campbell. Serving as the executive director for the Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance, Campbell is known in the community as the heart of Cody Rouge. She is a youth advocate and a community planner and has been working with Life Remodeled from day one to make sure the community is on board with the project. "We are going door to door making sure folks who are not aware of the project that we are informing them about the project," said Campbell. "They are getting excited, especially that they know house are right next door are going to be, torn down, boarded up." With 100 blocks of blight removed, and a newly restored high school, the Cody Rouge Community has nothing but big plans for the future. "I also see this particular community not only being a model for the City of Detroit, for the state, but for the nation," said Campbell. In addition to the blight removal surrounding Cody High School, Life Remodeled is planning to give Cody a new teachers lounge, a new "home ec" kitchen, a medical lab, a S.T.E.M. lab, and possibly a new football field—among many other things. They will also 'remodel' 20 houses owned by the students' parents. For more information, or to volunteer or donate, visit their web site: http://liferemodeled.com/ 

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