January 19, 2013 is a day no one at the Detroit Rescue Mission's Genesis II House will soon forget. This was the day Enchanted Makeovers completed the project to transform 21 bedrooms, 53 beds, hallways and creation of a sacred sewing room! Over 300 people including mural artists, crafters, sewers and volunteers locally and from around the country helped to create a beautiful, nurturing environment for the women and children who live in Genesis III House.
We were so excited to begin the project back in the summer of 2012. For nearly seven months, we worked with so many wonderful volunteers to get ready for the "Big Reveal" day on January 19. While all the bedrooms, hallways and furniture were being painted for two months, people locally and from around the country started crocheting beautiful lap blankets and making artwork. All of the items that would be placed in the bedrooms were hand-made, re-purposed, vintage and all were designed to send a positive message. Another group began the process of sewing unique curtains for each bedroom. Mural artists then transformed the hallways and doors into magical scenes with birds, clouds and porch doors. Donations were collected for all new bedding, cottage style bedspreads and 53 lamps were hand-painted. The list of details goes on and on!
Everyone was especially excited to see the new "Sacred Sewing Room"! It's not just a typical sewing room full of fabric, thread, patterns and machines. Enchanted Makeover's program is much deeper than that; it combines the life skill of sewing with the power of the human connection.
During the day, volunteers and women from the shelter prepared their favorite recipes for lunch and everyone shared a meal and stories together. Then, after long day with volunteers pulling everything together that had been created, collected and made with love for over 7 months, the rooms were done! Everyone gathered in the chapel to give praise and listen to the DRMM choir before heading upstairs to see their new home! The reactions were priceless! Through the many happy tears and smiles, we are sure the mission was fulfilled! www.enchantedmakeovers.org