Detroit Firemen’s Fund Looking for Volunteers for Television Show / House Renovation / Block Clean-Up

Detroit Firefighters have a unique perspective on the changes, both good and bad, that have taken place in the City of Detroit. We spend day after day, and year after year, in areas of the city that most people are never exposed to. It is often frustrating to watch homes that have relatively minor fire damage decay with each passing year. We cheer when a home we saved from the ravages of fire is restored and reoccupied. Those cheers have been few and far between in Detroit.

It is no wonder that the Detroit Firemen’s Fund is issuing a challenge to firefighters, and non-firefighters alike to take part in saving one such home and be on the DIY Network’s television show Rehab Addict. The show stars Michigan native Nicole Curtis. They are rehabbing a partially burned, 1929 Tudor style home in southwest Detroit and are looking for volunteers to work on the restoration and be filmed for an upcoming show.

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The Detroit Firemen’s Fund heard of the project from a Detroit firefighter stationed in the area. When they learned of the need for volunteers they stepped up. With assistance from, they are putting out the a challenge to Detroit firefighters, surrounding fire departments, and anyone else who wants to get involved. Additionally, the Fund will be providing drinking water and lunch for those volunteers.

Want to be on TV, meet the beautiful Nicole Curtis, and help with the renovation?

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Watch a short video about the project.

This Thursday and Friday, August 29th and 30th, crews will be working and filming at the house located at Campbell and Horatio (link to map) from 9:00am. – 5:00pm. There is no need to come for the entire time, if you only have a few hours to give we will gladly accept the help.

We are looking for people with all levels of experience to help with:

  • Cleaning
  • Painting
  • yard work
  • Brush removal
  • Concrete removal
  • Other restoration tasks

Everyone who participates are asked to bring their own work gloves.

Additionally, if you can, please bring:

  • Chain saws
  • Loppers
  • lawn mowers
  • Rakes
  • Shovels
  • Brooms


There is a special need for people who are experienced in the following:

  • Installation of privacy fence
  • Floor sanding and refinishing
  • Glass block window installation

Volunteers with this type of experience are asked to bring any specialty tools they have available to assist with these projects.

All restoration materials will be provided.

Come dressed to get dirty.

Firefighters – be sure to wear your department shirts and represent your department with pride.

All participants will be required to sign a release to be filmed for the show.

To participate, simply show up at the house (link to Google maps) on Thursday or Friday (or both days) between 9am and 5pm..

To help us plan for meals and determine what help we will have each day, we ask that one member of each group fill out the online participation form below. (This form is not required, to be involved, it simply helps with the planning).

Questions can be email to


    Your Name (required)

    Your Email (required)

    Number of participants

    Fire Department Affiliation (if applicable)

    I / We will be working on:)

    Thursday, Friday or Both Days

    Approx. times available

    Please indicate if you have experiance with:
    - fence installation
    - floor sanding and refinishing
    - glass block window installation

    (experience not needed to participate)