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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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Wayne County will be conducting a Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Drop-off event this Saturday, November 5th from 8:00am to 2:00pm in Redford.  The event will be held at the Redford DPW Yard, 12200 Beech Daly  (South of I-96)

This event is your opportunity to rid your garage, basement, shed, etc., of items such as paints, stains, fertilizer, lawn & garden chemicals, antifreeze, gasoline, etc.  In addition, electronic waste will be accepted including computers, monitors, printers, scanners, cell phones, fax machines, televisions, etc.

Additional information is available at the City of Livonia website under Departments-DPW Public Service-Household Hazardous Waste

The Saturday, November 5th event is open only to residents of Wayne County and only residential household waste will be accepted.

Volunteers strive for better Redford

Part of the I-96 service drive is looking better recently, thanks to a small, determined army of volunteers.

On Saturday, for the fourth time in two months, those volunteers — a group called At Your Service — spent most of the morning picking up trash, whacking weeds and generally improving the I-96 service drive, from Telegraph to Sarasota.

“We collected 54 bags of trash,” said Tom Rayburn, spokesman for the group that started at the South Redford Christian Church and evolved into the Christian Alliance of Redford. “It’s not finished yet, and we’ll be back. We’ll probably do it again next year.”

The cleanup involved as many as 25 people, mostly from churches affiliated with the alliance.

“It was actually fun,” said the Rev. Lee A. Williams, pastor of the Merciful Ministries of Jesus Christ that moved to the township in June. “We picked up a lot of paper and cut a lot of weeds.”

Several passers-by stopped to ask questions and subsequently to thank the volunteers. Among them was Pam Provenzano, who was so impressed, she decided to join.

“I was walking my dog and I saw people working along the service drive,” she said. “They really did a good job. The service drive looked so much better.”

Provenzano, who manages a law office in Ann Arbor, doesn’t have much time. “I don’t know the extent of what they (the volunteers) do,” she said. “But if they do things like that, I’m willing to help.”

Provenzano has lived in the township for 54 years. “I want Redford to be as clean as I remember it,” she said.

The volunteers undertake a variety of projects, Rayburn explained. The group doesn’t have any particular criteria for undertaking a project, he said, except the end result must help people and the township.

“We haven’t had to turn any project down yet,” he said. The group, he predicted, will just continue doing good work. “We help where we can.”

As for anyone who wants to join, Rayburn said, “We’re a Christian-based organization. But we welcome anyone willing to work.”

Previous projects have included helping seniors with their homes and repainting the Old School House in front of the Post Office — now the office of the Redford Township Historical Commission.

“They did a great job,” said Arvilla Moore, a member of the commission and a charter member of the Historical Society. “They came out for five or six weekends. It was a lot of work.”

Township Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz agrees. “Tom Rayburn and his group of Christian soldiers are making a huge impact on the elimination of blight on the I-96 corridor,” she said. “It is an excellent example of how church and state can (and should) work together.

“The hundreds of volunteer hours have improved the look of the corridor and increased the safety of drivers and pedestrians.”

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