It's so heartwarming to be in a space where people have open hearts and the love flows. A very dear friend of mine is very involved with Enchanted Makeovers. That's how I learned about this wonderful organization. I volunteered to help paint for one of the shelter makeovers. Even though I was only painting for a few hours, I was moved by the other volunteers, by Terry, and her devotion to this cause. You wouldn't think what this group does is a big deal, but it is. I have not been able to attend a big reveal as yet, but from what I have heard about them, they are life changing. Women and children in shelters are validated, acknowledged, and loved. They know they are worthy, that they matter, and that life can be beautiful. That's why I love Enchanted Makeovers.
I was lucky enough to connect with Terry Grahl a few years ago via Martha Stewarts "Dreamers" group on the internet. I was immdediately drawn to her warmth and compassion for others and her dream of getting Enchanted Makeovers in front of a much wider audience.
Although I live in the UK, I wanted to contibute in a small way and made a donation of craft supplies for the mothers and children to create something together. I witnessed through direct contact with Terry, her attention to detail; not only with the business side of things, but more importantly the human side, the people for whom she carries out this calling.
Enchanted Makeovers helps those in need find a reason to be proud of themselves and to maintain their dignity.
The love and support that I have received from Terry and her team lets me know, I'm no different from anyone else.. " I can do it " and they have my back.. Love and appreciate you guys immensely for all the courage, support and selfless deeds you guys do! I give Enchanted Makeovers 4 thumbs up.
Enchanted Makeovers is changing lives of not only the residents in transformed shelters but of all the volunteers who are opening their hearts to help EM's mission take flight. It has truly been a blessing to donate my time and artwork for such a wonderful organization. Enchanted Makeovers goes where not many would want to go or have thought about going which is exactly why their work is so important. They are cosmetically improving shelters via painting, repair work, new furniture and bedding which is greatly needed but also bringing much love into the shelters with all of the handmade items either sewn, knitted or hand painted from around the country. Enchanted Makeovers believes handmade items loving created bring a sense of value to the women and children who find themselves in need of a new beginning in their lives. The energy and joy they feel with the makeovers of their shelters is truly inspirational.
What a blessing to have crossed paths with an angel sent to earth like Terry Grahl who has made it her mission to help women and children who have suffered so much that their spirits have been broken to fight for a better life. Enchanted Makeovers, her team, and community of volunteers of which I have had the honor of being a part of on several projects kindles that spirit by showing them that they are not forgotten, worthy, and that there are people who truly care. Terry Grahl's detail in these shelter makeovers is remarkable! To see the faces, tears, and appreciation during reveal day is overpowering by not only the receivers but also the givers. Humanity is about caring for each other and Terry via Enchanted Makeovers indeed goes beyond the limits... She is an inspiration to all that have come in contact with her and her organization!
Terry Grahl, founder of Enchanted Makeovers, was born with an enlarged heart, not physically speaking, but in the spiritual sense! Her passion and dedication, along with her supportive team, to help underserved and abused women and children to begin the healing process by showing them that they are loved, not forgotten, and are truly worthy individuals through her detailed orchestration of turning a cold and impersonal like atmosphere of a shelter into a warm caring place of refuge. A home to wake up in the morning in a room filled with light, color, hand made fun and beautiful things to charge their mindset to a day of hope and inspiration in moving forward in their lives; after an emotionally draining day of working toward reversing all that had once been so traumatic in their lives and return to that warm and inviting sanctuary in the evening for a good nights rest to face the challenges again the next day. I had the pleasure and honor of working with Terry, her team, and other volunteers on the Myriam House project at Vista Maria. On the day that the sleeping quarters were completed, the girls opened the doors to their rooms while we stood in the hallway, there was not a dry eye in the house! It was not only the beginning of a transformation for the girls, but also a rewarding and uplifting experience for all the volunteers to see such joy brought to those with so little and so much heart ache.
We love and support the work that is being done by Enchanted Makeovers. It is so vitally important for us as a community to support women who find themselves in a position where they need a helping hand. Terry Grahl and her team put their whole hearts into every project and, as you can see from the photos on their website, the physical transformations of the spaces they makeover are remarkable. From stark, dark and rndown to inviting, warm, homey and beautiful! In this nurturing environment women and children can truly thrive. The Dalai Lama says that the Western woman will change the world. Terry Grahl and Enchanted Makeovers are helping put women in a position to do just this.
If you are looking for a worthwhile, feel-good and do-good organization to become involved with or donate to, look no further. YOU can be part of the change too.
I've worked with Enchanted Makeovers on their past few projects. I have been blessed to meet such a wonderful group of people. What they do is truly amazing. It's nice to volunteer for an organization that touches so many lives in such amazing ways. I'm always looking forward to the next project.
I have been a volunteer with Enchanted Makeovers since it was started by Terry Grahl 7 years ago. I pick up, throughout the greater Detroit area, any donations that are used to totally transform women and children's homeless shelters. To date we have completed four and the last was a building that is part of the largest rescue mission in Detroit. Our next project is to complete two other buildings for women and children in that complex. Some of the materials are donated by companies, but the work to fix and paint furniture, paint rooms, repair electrical and construction problems and collect all the items for a total makeover of the shelter is done by volunteers. The curtains, bedspreads, afghans, doilies under lamps and on chests are made by volunteers. As Terry says, it takes a village to complete a makeover.
However, all of the above work is so rewarding then we see the faces of the women and children on the day of the great reveal. All day is spent by volunteers putting everything in each room and then the women and children are brought to their rooms to see the transformation. They are awed by the sight and the beauty of their rooms. There is no greater gift than to show someone how worthy they are to have this beautiful space and to be given hope for the future.
It is truly an honor to be part of a truly inspiring organization, Enchanted Makeovers, and to know Terry as it's founder and my friend.
I have worked with Enchanted Makeovers on three girl's and women's shelters in the greater Detroit area. Terry has a vision of how transforming these shelters will give the residents a space to call their own, as well as hope for the future. She changes everything to totally change the environment for the residents and has a cadre of volunteers who love working with her, including murals on the hallway walls. She has been called and this is her purpose and I am priveleged to volunteer for her. Dona45
If you are looking for a worth while non-profit to support you will not find any more deserving than Enchanted Makeovers. The tireless and selfless leadership of Terry Grahl and the energy she gives to her passion of helping others gives so many a lift to their spirits and hope in their hearts. She is truly making a difference in her community - and our country. The women, children, and families she touches stand a little taller, smile a little more often, and sleep more soundly knowing that someone cared enough to help them change their lives. I'm so proud to see Terry continue to grow - knowing that every step of the way she is reaching more people and spreading more joy!
It has been my great pleasure to know Terry for the past three years, and see first hand her dedication, compassion, and incredibel drive to help others. She is an amazing woman, and as founder of Enchanted Makeoves, she gives - and gives, and gives - to others. With her help countless women are learning the skills and confidence to change their lives, and learning that they are worthy of receiving goodness from others. I know Terry will not stop until she has touched every woman and child who needs her. She's a blessing to them...
it's a non profit org. that Terry started, that not only do you go in with the knowledge that you're going to help others to improve there lives and surroundings, but you come out with a light within yourself that is truly heart warming.... I had the best experience meeting the other volunteers and meeting the gals that were being blessed with the love pouring out from all different walks of life and organizations so that they may get back on track & get on the yellow brick road... and to find their emerald city so that their lives will be filled with goodness & love that they deserve.... in Jesus' name ~ Amen ;O) xox