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St. Paul volunteers spruce up Detroit neighborhood

St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church members and friends volunteered to help clean up the area around Detroit's Cody High School Aug. 16. Photo courtesy Patti Theros

September 04, 2014
Some 81 St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church members and friends made up a volunteer group who participated in the Detroit-Life Remodeled Project Saturday, Aug. 16, near Detroit's Cody High School.

Life Remodeled is a non-profit organization that helps renovate one Detroit neighborhood at a time. The strategy is to remodel one Detroit Public School each summer in order to create a neighborhood improvement. This group partners with residents to create an appealing neighborhood.

St. Paul's team was coordinated by Tricia Kesteloot who took the group in to trim hedges, remove trash and debris, mow lawns and pull weeds.

"This event was about coming together in the spirit of community to help rebuild Detroit one neighborhood at a time," Kesteloot said. "The blessing was that it wasn't just volunteers going in and cleaning up what was left there, but area neighbors and families uniting together with volunteers to truly make a difference."

They were part of thousands of people who volunteered for a week who not only cleaned up trash but built a playground, remodeled houses and boarded up empty houses.

Volunteers dressed for hard work and brought tools such as shovels, rakes, brooms, saws, weed whips, mowers, gloves, hedge trimmers and chain saws.

Families were also encouraged to bring a backpack or school supplies to donate to a neighborhood child.

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