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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Enchanted Makeovers is a national non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that transforms long-term stay homeless shelters for women and children into places that inspire psychological and behavioral change.

Results: Since 2006, Enchanted Makeovers' projects, programs and makeovers have touched shelters in over 8 states that collectively serve more than 5,000 women and children each year.

Geographic areas served: U.S.A.

Programs: Our makeovers transform long-term stay homeless shelters for women and children. We also have many supportive programs and projects as well. These include: Lull-a-Bye Reading , Capes for Kids, Traveling Pillowcase, Doll Adoption, Stepping into the Dream, Sacred Sewing Rooms.

Community Stories

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lisa296

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Gaynor M.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Michelle166

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Irma S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

powerfulyou

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Eric47

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Donajane L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Brenda32

Donor

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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...

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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

ingridriley

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Terry has made it her life's mission to help empower women from all walks of life. She is fully committed to changing the lives of women and children one makeover at a time. I believe that she truly cares for every person she meets and her compassion really shows.

Jennifer238

Donor

Rating: 5

In 2008 I met Terry for the first time. I was in awe of her selfless nature and willingness to give so much of herself to others.Her beliefs of giving handmade items to others is much like my own. The items I,family members, and friends make for the women in the shelters are gifts of love that we hope send the powerful message that someone out there cared enough to take the time to make something with their own hands just for them.The most precious gift is the gift if ones self.The magical part of being involved in Enchanted Makeovers is that not only are you helping others,but you are also learning a lot more about yourself in the process.

Donor

Rating: 5

My connection to Enchanted Makeovers came to be through my daughter, Britni and her friendship with Terry Grahl. Britni is not only a team member she is also EM's official photographer. When I first learned of Enchanted Makeovers and Terry's story, to say I was moved is an understatement. To see Terry, the EM team members and volunteers converge upon a shelter is a sight to behold. They bring with them not only the astounding physical transformation to the shelter itself but also love and hope to each of the residents. They put their love into action with every shelter makeover. I cannot say enough about the passion in Terry's heart and her commitment to the women and children residing in the shelters. Terry and EM restore my faith in humanity.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first met Terry Grahl four years ago through my daughter, Britni. Britni is a team member of Enchanted Makeovers and is the official photographer for this inspiring non-profit. When I learned what Terry was doing, I was incredibly moved. Her deep commitment of instilling self-worth, hope, and love to women and chilren that are struggling is beyond commendable. This is a personal mission for Terry and as such she brings every part of her being into the renovation of women and childrens' shelters. She transforms their living environments into an enchanted sanctuary of healing. Her message is powerful, her work life changing, not only for those receiving but also for those that volunteer and work along side her.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was led to Enchanted Makeovers by a friend, and the organization resonated with me immediately. What I love about EM's model is that it enables anyone and everyone to participate in a hands-on, personal and meaningful way. There are opportunities to donate dollars, most certainly. But for those with gifts and a love for creating things - murals, bedspreads, pillows, lampshades, etc. - EM provides the opportunity to match those gifts with someone to whom they will bring great and lasting meaning and hope. A child is given a handmade doll or a superhero cape to wear. Each woman and child rests in a beautifully painted room, complete with handmade curtains and bed linens, pillows and other loving touches. I've always believed that in any point of one's life he/she is either in the position to give or to take, and that both experiences impart blessings. What I love about EM is that it gives each and every person an opportunity to participate in something deeply good and lasting. Everyone comes away feeling like the world truly can be a good, hopeful, gracious and loving place.

Art-Is A.

Donor

Rating: 5

The organizers, faculty and attendees of Art is...You Mixed Media Art Retreats, feel compelled to work alongside Terry Grahl and the Enchanted Makeovers Team and help them to fulfill their important mission. Everyone in life should feel like they are worthy. That they count for something and that they have something to offer the rest of the world. Through our retreats, many of our attendees find their self worth and in doing so wish to pass this on by giving back to others. Women working alongside women to make a difference.

EllenBanks

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I feel so very blessed to be on the Enchanted Makeovers' team as the Chief Operating Officer. I get to see each and every day how hard the organizaiton works to fulfill the mssion. We just completed our largest makeover ever! For the majority of 2012, we worked at the Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries to transform their Genesis III house. We completely transformed 21 bedrooms with 53 beds, hallways and create a sacred sewing room. Over 300 people including mural artists, crafters, sewers and volunteers and around the country helped to transform this house into a home that inspires all who live there while they are re-building their lives. And, we are already moving full-steam ahead with the next project!
I hope you will join us! It will transform you beyond your dreams!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Enchanted Makeovers is a 100% volunteer non-profit organization that impacts lives in ways I never thought possible! I have been involved during an actual homeless shelter makeover for women and children and the impact on everyone involved in amazing. For many of the women or teens, they have tearfully shared that this was the first time anyone cared enough for them to make them feel worthy. The impact of just sharing lovingly hand-made items was so dramatic. In most cases, the residents who call a shelter "home" are used to receiving donations that are actually trashed items people have thrown away. When Enchanted Makeovers came in with everything beautiful and hand-made, it touched their hearts to know everyone is worthy and deserving of love. We all learned the fundamental lesson of unity among people.

1 Kevin48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard of Enchanted Makeovers through my girlfriend, Britni Wilson, who is a team member of EM. I work for a non-profit agency and thought I knew all there was to know about them, that was until I met Terry and saw, firsthand, what Enchanted Makeovers is all about. I had the opportunity to participate in one of the makeover events at Alternative for Girls in Detroit. I was amazed at what Terry and her team actually do to put on an event. The passion that Terry has for what she does and the genuine care that she has for the people involved is unmatched. I've gotten to know Terry more through conversations and other events, and there is nothing that she can't do. She has spirit about her that is inspiring. And it is because of her spirit and her love for Enchanted Makeovers that makes people want to be a part of it. She has taken a leap of faith, followed her dreams and has changed the lives of so many people. I am honored to to know Terry and the Enchanted Makeovers team.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met Terry and the Enchanted Makeovers team through The Creative Connection Event. As the event designer, I was enlisted to help them design and set up a booth in our MarketPlace. Terry and I instantly connected as lovers of all things vintage. I was so impressed with Terry's story and her 100% commitment to following her vision to help women and children in shelters feel the comforts of home. When Terry asked if I could volunteer to help design tables for the She is Me gala, I eagerly accepted, happy to have the chance to help her and the team further the Enchanted Makeovers vision. Terry is so committed to the journey of seeing her vision come to life all over the country. Enchanted Makeovers focus on handmade, vintage and homespun really make these projects come to life and envelop everyone involved.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first heard about Terry and Enchanted Makeovers when I was part of an online mall called Shabby Lane Shops. There was a challenge that went out to us from another group called Make Mine Pink. A very, very easy slipper pattern had been developed and the slippers would be used for a shelter who Terry was working her magic on! I made a few pair and naturally started reading more and more about Terry and her dream of giving needful women and children not just a bed and a blanket, but a beautiful place to stay where they would be not just safe but uplifted by their surroundings. The more I read, the more I wanted to do. Let me just say that for those of you who haven't had a one on one conversation with Terry, YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE MISSING! She shared her story and I shared some of mine and she quietly listened to every word that spilled out of me. I'll never forget that conversation. Anyway, I pledged to help as much as I could in the way of fabric goods - bags, aprons, slippers, etc. Sadly, my body decided not to cooperate with my heart and I had to tell Terry I could no longer be a part of her cause. I still haven't given up the hope that there will come a day when I can again volunteer. In the meantime, Terry's work goes on. It grows and grows and hundreds, probably thousands, of women and children have been blessed by her dream that turned into a reality. God bless you, Terry!

2 Peggy19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Several years ago I got to privilege of working with Terry Grahl on an Enchanted Makeover project in New York City. It was a wonderful experience. The best part was being able to speaking to the women who were the recipients of our work. Terry has built a fantastic organization doing wonderful things for women and children and she and her people deserve our thanks. Peggy Gaffney