Room to Rebuild

October 21, 2011 - Detroit, MI

Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn franchisees once again teamed up with Rebuilding Together, the signature cause of Choice Hotels International, Inc., franchisor of the Econo Lodge and Rodeway Inn brands, to help homeowners in need for the 2nd Annual Rebuilding Dreams project in recognition of “Make a Difference Day.”  

One deserving homeowner with the most votes from among four different potential projects won home renovations and repairs courtesy of volunteers from Rebuilding Together, the Econo Lodge Franchisee Association and the Rodeway Inn Owners Association.  Consumers were invited to review the heartfelt stories of four homeowners in need and vote for the project that they’d most like to see completed.  Voting occurred August 25 through September 16 and project finalists included submissions from the Los Angeles, CA; Dallas, TX; Miami, FL; and Detroit, MI.  The winning homeowner, Delois from Detroit, MI, received house repairs and renovations on October 21, 2011, kicking off national “Make a Difference Day.”  

Delois is 52 years old, has lived in her home for more than 37 years and is trying to gain custody of her grandchildren. Her grandchildren are going through a rough time currently and need a safe environment to grow up in.  In order for these children to move into their grandmother’s home and have a safe environment in which to grow and develop, repairs are needed as the home has fallen in disrepair and suffered major damage after a terrible house fire.  The Rebuilding Dreams project may not only help this one individual, but may help the lives of children with an uncertain future.  

On “Make a Difference Day”, 15 volunteers from Choice Hotels International and ELFA-ROA joined Rebuilding Together to rehabilitate the home of Delois.
Work Accomplished:
  • front porch rehabilitation
  • installation of railings
  • removal and replacement of shingles
  • removal of the back porch
  • interior and exterior painting
  • kitchen cabinet and floors replacement
  • basement repairs