Enchanted Makeovers Breathes Beautiful New Life Into Women’s Homeless Shelter


The people who live at the Detroit Rescue Mission’s Genesis II House have endured horrific nightmares and they continue to struggle. Rarely are they touched by the beauty, color, and wonder of the world. In 2012, the residents of the Detroit Rescue Mission’s Genesis II House received a life-changing gift — and the result will fill your heart with joy.

According to the Enchanted Makeovers website, “Many women and children living in shelters are there because they have escaped situations of domestic violence, sex trafficking, family addiction, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other extremely challenging situations. Through various projects, programs and makeovers of the physical space, women and children are introduced to a way of life, a way of thinking that helps to shift their outlook about their lives and possibilities for the future. A path is created for creativity, self-expression and worth.”

The Genesis II House project began in 2012 and took seven months to complete. Many steps were taken to ensure the home’s beautiful reveal on January 19, 2013. For example, 21 bedrooms were painted. 53 beds were remade. Over 300 people — artists, crafters, sewers and volunteers — crocheted blankets, sewed curtains, and made artwork. The space was transformed by turning the walls into whimsical murals with animals, clouds, and colorful designs. Donations were collected for a wide array of vintage decor, hand-painted lamps, and even a state-of-the-art sewing room.

When the big reveal comes and the residents discover their newly made-over bedrooms, their reactions are truly incredible. What a wonderful organization. Bravo. Please SHARE this with your friends on Facebook!

h/t: Terry Grahl/Enchanted Makeovers




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