Life Remodeled Redford build is underway and more help is needed to get it finished!

This week started the Life Remodeled Build in Redford to build the home for recipient Tanya Ray and her four children! The corner of Poinciana and 7 Mile has been full of activity and went from just the foundation to a framed housing structure in just a couple days!

The build is far from over and every day is posing its own set of new challenges but no challenge is too big to bring this deserving single mom and her four children closer to moving into their new home!! You can read the original article written earlier this summer when Tanya first found out that Life Remodeled was about to change her and her children’s lives, not just by giving them a new home but guiding them in their life even after they have moved in!

If you would like donate your time and expertise toward this project you can stop by the build site any time! Someone will be on site 24/7 this whole week August 20 – 26th!! There is much to be done and they are always looking for additional skilled tradesmen in all area’s of home building, including cement work and landscaping! You can also visit or Contact Mike Gorr directly @ 248-910-3331 or by e-mail at for More information about what is needed.

You can also visit or for more details about Life Remodeled and the other builds scheduled and already completed.

Below is the original article about when Tanya found out she was selected as the recipient of the Life Remodeled Home!….

It was the best birthday present Tanya Ray had ever received.

Out to lunch with some family members to celebrate earlier this summer, she received a phone call. It was from the Life Remodeled people.

She and her four children had been selected as recipients of a new home.

“It was just unbelievable to know it went, from 93 applicants, to us. We were the final family,” she said. “It was like I went numb. It was the best birthday gift ever.”

Ray and her children will take control of a new home in the 19100 block of Poinciana later this month after it’s built by Life Remodeled volunteers. They were selected after months of thought and consideration by Life Remodeled in Redford, being run by several area churches.

The program selects a family to be the recipient, and donates materials and labor to build a home for them. After owning the home responsibly for three years, the family receives the title.

Homes have been built for families in other communities, including Westland and Farmington Hills.

The Rev. Mike Gorr, pastor at Mercy Road Church and leader of the Life Remodeled project in Redford, said while it was difficult selecting just one family, he’s happy Ray and her children will be able to settle into the new home once it’s complete.

The field was eventually narrowed down from nearly 100 to three before the final selection.

“Of those three, a single mom with four kids was chosen to receive the benefits,” Gorr said. “There’s a need there. We felt like this was the best choice at this point.”

Construction on the home will begin Aug. 20, and will wrap up by Aug. 26. A celebration to pass over the keys to the home is planned for 2 p.m. Aug. 26 at the home on Poinciana, near Seven Mile and Inkster.

Volunteers and financial donations are still needed to complete the project, Gorr said. Anyone looking to donate can do so by going to and clicking the Life Remodeled tab. Checks can also be mailed to P.O. Box 401466, Redford, MI 48240.

Gorr said the project has raised more than $20,000 already. He’s anticipating getting to building later this month.

“If we’re going to serve the world, we believe it starts in our hometown,” he said. “It was a project that fit with our mission as a church.”

Ray, who has lived in Redford for the last three years, said the opportunity to settle down will benefit her children greatly.

“They’re literally remodeling our lives top to bottom. That’s where me and my kids are going to plant our feet,” she said. “They’re not giving us a house, they’re giving us a home.”

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