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.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
I found out about Enchanted Makeovers from the Dreamers Into Doers site. I was contacted by Terry to help with artwork for several events. I was blown away by Terry's incredible passion for giving and helping women improve their lives. Enchanted Makeovers helps young women learn skills that will help them for the rest of their lives. The positive influence in so many areas of young women's lives makes the impact from being a part of EM to be immeasurable. The joy and beauty EM teams and volunteers bring to each shelter is amazing and helps to make all who stay in one of the transformed shelters feel loved and cherished.
It was an honor for me to create the Enchanted Makeovers "pillow" logo pin. I have also recommended EM to friends and colleagues to support and/or partner with. A wonderful organization.
Terry Grahl 11/17/2012
Thank you Jean for creating Enchanted Makeovers awareness pin! ox
I watched an interview that featured Terri and spoke of her mission and felt drawn to help in any way I could...so many of us has just needed a little help sometimes and its my time to pay it forward. Thrilled to know someone will feel the love put it to something I love to do. Bless you Terri!!!
The work of Terry Grahl and Enchanted Makeovers doesn’t just transform spaces it transforms hearts and souls. As a volunteer, I know, firsthand, how the makeovers turn ordinary shelter spaces into enchanting havens of hope and inspiration. But more profoundly, EM’s makeovers and development programs also give women and children a sense of self-worth and love (some, for the first time ever). The message that “she is me” consistently resonates and although the road of life’s journey is wide and varied, it is still a single road we travel together. This is the cornerstone of EM’s empowering work.
Enchanted Makeovers is an extraordinary organization, that touched my heart from the moment I spoke with visionary and founder, Terry Grahl. I have worked with Enchanted Makeovers on several projects, programs, events, and makeovers, and with each volunteer effort, I always experience my own 'enchanted makeover'. That's what this organization is about - people, connecting with each other, humanity, uplifting the spirit, serving each other. Yes, we work with women and children living in shelters. But, this organization is not about being a 'superhero' to come and 'save' the 'needy' people - NO WAY!! On the contrary, it's about community, learning, sharing, connecting - together. We see the common threads that connect us, we experience the power of love in every detail that goes in to each project, program, event, and makeover, we are touched by God's work, and return to our essence, our childlike state of wonder, and we are inspired to live to our full potential - each and every one of us involved, from the volunteers to the donors to the women and children to the staff to the directors to the EM Team. This organization is AMAZING!!
When I heard of Terry's story, and how she was using her life to touch the other lives of women, I reached out to her. We spoke at length about Enchanted Makeovers and how it came to be. I was so inspired by the depth of her work, not merely transforming women's shelters, but their hearts and hopes, mending their broken pieces and inspiring a new vision for their futures. And not just that, but the "enchantment" falls upon everyone who is involved. It is Terry's strength of heart and her spirit that makes this mission have a heartbeat that is felt by all. Lives are being changed, women are helping women and temporary setbacks in a woman's life become stepping stones to success. She turns shelters into beautiful spaces where the heart and spirit can thrive and strength can be renewed. My efforts are toward helping Enchanted Makeover get their corporate headquarters from which to operate this wonderful labor of love to womankind. Enchanted Makeovers speaks to the deep place within our heart ~ the place that says, there but by the grace of God, go I. The motto is so true... She IS Me!
Within minutes of meeting Terry and learning about Enchanted Makeovers, I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of. Each makeover goes much further than four plain walls and has a deep-rooted effect on everyone involved. Enchanted Makeovers is truly transforming lives from the inside out. Such an privilege to be a part of!
I've worked on 4 projects with Enchanted Makeovers, and am always touched by the encouragement, care, and love shown to all involved with the makeover or event. Both volunteers and recipients bless each other. One of my favorite projects was working with the women living in the shelter, and sharing thoughts and ideas. Their joy at being treated as worthy and cared about, was beautiful and contagious. The transformations are incredible. No heart can remain untouched by the heartfelt emotions and tears at the reveals. Its more than painting a room or two. Its a visual parable of transformation. Vision, hard work, and prayer create something beautiful, made with loving hands. It allows women and children to believe there can be beauty from ashes, in each of our lives.
For the past four years I have been blessed with the opportunity to become a part of Enchanted Makeovers as a team member and exclusive photographer of the organization. Terry Grahl and I experienced an immediate soul connection upon meeting in October of 2008 while discussing the topic of our belief in synchronicity, signs and miracles. As I listened to Terry express her passion, dedication and determination to improve the lives of women and children living in shelters, I knew in my heart that she was genuine and that her life purpose through Enchanted Makeovers would grow in ways greater than what she could have ever imagined. Since the creation of Enchanted Makeovers, Terry has been an instrument of hope, encouragement, inspiration and love to all of those around her. Whether you are a volunteer, a woman residing within a shelter, or a fellow team member of EM, you will be sure to experience Terry's passion for helping others recognize their own inner strength, beauty and unique ability to overcome all of life's obstacles. My life, along with the lives of so many women and children will be forever changed because of Terry and the leap of Faith that she had taken in order to create such an incredible organization. I am truly honored to stand by Terry's side, while capturing every beautiful moment of Enchanted Makeover's journey.
Terry Grahl, Founder of Enchanted Makeovers, is most assuredly immersed in the experience of helping others change attitudes about their own self-worth. She embraces those who intimately need uplifting and empowerment through an intense and laser-like focus that is awe inspiring. While others may find a challenge daunting, Terry accepts the challenge as an inner calling...her destiny...making a difference in lives everwhere. Signed: Jolene
I first met Terry at a luncheon for women from a domestic abuse shelter in 2008. Terry's philosophy of "She is Me" is so powerful, I quickly realized that the makeovers that she provides are so much more than fresh paint and new linens. The (shelter) women are taught that they are deserving of an abundant future and the transformation begins with Terry and the entire Enchanted Makeovers team. I am thankful to know Terry and thrilled to see her journey and vision grow and help so many.