When women and children are homeless, Enchanted Makeovers helps them transform their lives through beauty and creative expression
Most of us are familiar with the television show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Enchanted Makeovers is is a little like that television show, in that it works to transform a living space. Yet it is very different in that every living space it seeks to transform is a shelter for women and children.
The goal behind Enchanted Makeovers is to turn shelters — many of which have the stark look of a place of last resort — into true sanctuaries by making them beautiful.
The thought behind these transformations isn’t just that women and children in already desperate situations deserve to live in beautiful surroundings. It is that thoughtful, loving, meticulously decorated spaces are as soothing and inspiring to the spirit as it is to the eye.
Here’s some thoughts from Enchanted Makeovers’ website:
Enchanted Makeovers’ unique model nurtures women and children living in shelters. 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.
Enchanted Makeovers also supports women and female veterans through our educational/mentoring program ‘The Sacred Sewing Room.’ This program does not just set-up sewing rooms full of fabric, thread, patterns and machines. This program shares the life skill of sewing that also serves as an important coping skill and possible future job skill. On an on-going basis, Enchanted Makeovers’ volunteer sewing instructors hold classes in the ‘Sacred Sewing Room.’ A skill is learned and a path created for self expression and worth.
How You Can Help
If these seems like a goal you would like to be part of, Enchanted Makeovers would love your help! Check out their “How You Can Help” page. You can hold a fundraiser, crochet or knit a lap blanket (be sure to follow the guidelines mentioned on this page), donate money or certain needed goods, or design a special item for a makeover (you can e-mail Enchanted Makeovers if you want to do so).
And be sure to spread the word, if you know of other knitters and/or crafters who might want to help. The more people who know of this grand initiative who wish to help, the better the transition can be for the women and children building new lives.
This is a beautiful opportunity to help transform the lives of women and children who are literally starting over. I hope you’ll consider spreading the word and offering some help to Enchanted Makeovers!