Wallside Windows’ 73-year history is rooted in the city of Detroit.
That also happens to be the hometown of founder Martin Blanck and the location of our original factory — not to mention the home of our much-loved Detroit Tigers. Those are just a few of the reasons at Wallside Windows we’re proud to partner with community organizations committed to the revitalization of Detroit - organizations like Life Remodeled.
Founded in 2011, Life Remodeled mobilizes volunteers and community partners to help improve one Detroit neighborhood each year, based on the needs and vision of the community. Each neighborhood project includes remodeling a school or community building, managing blight removal and beautification of the surrounding neighborhood and remodeling up to 50 owner-occupied homes. This year’s big project centers on the transformation of the former Durfee Elementary-Middle School, located just west of Detroit’s historic Boston Edison neighborhood, into a Community Innovation Center. Once complete, it will feature a mix of startup businesses, early childhood education and after-school programs.
Since 2015, Wallside Windows has donated around 200 high-quality vinyl replacement windows for the home remodeling piece of this neighborhood project. On July 21, qualified installers will replace windows in 13 homes, for a total of about 70 windows. It will take 25 installers around 250 hours to complete the project.
“We’re really excited to be participating in Life Remodeled for our third year in a row,” said Adam Blanck, Wallside’s chief of staff and grandson of founder Martin Blanck. “We’ve always resonated with the Life Remodeled concept – the idea that remodeling a person’s environment can change their life. At Wallside, we are proud to support our community with Life Remodeled and help, in a small way, make an impact.”
Adam Blanck met Life Remodeled Founder and CEO Chris Lambert through a mutual friend in 2013. He said he admired Lambert’s energy and drive and decided to get involved, and he continued his involvement when he joined the Wallside team in 2014.
“Companies like Wallside are difference-makers,” Lambert said. “The materials and labor they are providing are part of the engine that makes Life Remodeled unique. Nearly 70 percent of the donations to our work come though in-kind giving, professionals using their skills to help remodel lives, one neighborhood at a time.”
This year’s Life Remodeled project is especially meaningful for the Blanck family. As founder, Martin Blanck and his wife, Lorraine, grew up in the neighborhood near Durfee and Central High School, the oldest high school in Detroit. Adam Blanck said he’s excited to give back to a community that’s such an important part of Wallside’s history.
The home remodels are a lead-in to the Life Remodeled Six-Day Project, during which an expected 12,000 volunteers will help clean up the neighborhood around the school. The project will take place July 31 through August 5.
Interested in volunteering with Life Remodeled? Visit http://liferemodeled.com/volunteer/. Thinking of replacing your old windows with new ones from Wallside Windows? Visit https://wallsidewindows.com/estimate/ or call 1-800- 521-7800 to schedule a free home estimate.