Intentional and Equitable Revitalization of Detroit Neighborhoods

We’re inspired by and so grateful to work with Life Remodeled/Durfee Innovation Society, a service partner of Repair the World Detroit. Life Remodeled focuses on the intentional and equitable revitalization of Detroit neighborhoods distinguished by their significant need and radical hope.

By Brandi Haggins Director of the Durfee Innovation Society

This is definitely not just a job for me, it’s a service that I have the pleasure of doing. I was born & raised in Detroit and I am a proud product of DPS schools. My father is a recovering drug addict and my mother is a survivor of severe “undiagnosed” depression so I’m no stranger to trials nor trauma.

An “Opportunity Hub” such as the Durfee Innovation Society would have been perfect for my family. To have a place where families that look just like me can go to receive opportunities that they absolutely deserve and probably otherwise may not have access to, is truly amazing.

I am blessed to be able to be a part of something that makes such a positive impact in our communities. I know I can’t change the fact that I did not have this growing up but I am blessed to be the Director of a place that provides deserved opportunities that I wish my family had when I was a child. The hard work that comes with this position is so very worth it!

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About the Series

This #BlackHistoryMonth Repair the World is highlighting Black-led orgs, service partners who are advancing and centering Diversity Equity and Inclusion work and prioritizing BIPOC leadership in their orgs, and Black Community Leaders that we serve with across our communities. Our impact would not be possible without them. Our Jewish values of solidarity, achdoot, and strengthening each other, hitchazkut, remind us that nothing is possible without meaningful relationships. Our partners and colleagues are critical to our ability to understand and act thoughtfully. When we lift up, celebrate, and appreciate others, we ultimately work towards a stronger outcome.