"Here’s the first of two final thoughts before I put to bed the project. When we got to Detroit we saw devastation and neglect. We also saw remnants of the finest housing stock in American history. This city was truly home to the American Dream. And we also got in over our heads. The house needed more work than our homeowners could handle in the time we gave them. But then strangers started showing up. A few at first, then a wave. They offered to help because they loved our show and they loved their city even more. They wanted to make sure that when the country saw Detroit they saw its promise. They drove, flew, trucked, dug, plumbed, painted and plastered when the cameras weren't rolling until the house was complete.
We've seen a lot of this kindness lately in Texas and Florida. And I know many of us see it most days in our schools, churches and communities. It's there, it always has been. Please don't forget that, and don't let the dividers distract us from who we are.
There are scores of contractors and others to thank for their work in Detroit but the first among equals is pictured here: Josh Engle. He came early, stayed late and got it done. Josh, thanks for letting us lean on your shoulder."
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