Estelle Barnes-Summers, 33, of Detroit, Michigan, and her six children were left homeless when her husband, Elijah Summers, was shot and killed last May. They had just bought a fixer-upper (shown below) and Elijah was restoring it. When he died, the house was still completely unlivable, so Estelle and her children moved in with her mom, where the grieving children slept on the living room floor. Nine months later, FOX 2 teamed up with the Yatooma Foundation for the Kids to share her story, and offers to help began pouring in.


Dozens of volunteers put in nearly 2,000 hours of work. With DTE Energy covering all labor costs, a new water heater, furnace, stove and appliances were donated. Humble Designs completely furnished the home when renovation was complete, so the children could have beds to sleep in. When Estelle and her children saw their "new" home, they were astonished. Estelle wept and hugged everyone. "It lets my kids know that there's people out there that care," she said. "This world isn't all bad."