Homeless Veteran's Time-Lapse Makeover Shows His Life Changing Before Our Eyes (VIDEO)

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Jim WolfThe plight of homeless veterans has gotten so bad that the United States Veterans Administration has put out a call that they're determined to put an end to it once and for all by 2015. Wouldn't that be amazing? No more homeless veterans? It's a nice thought, but how do you make it happen? Could it be as simple as making over these folks and helping them find the person they once were?

Maybe not, but a video of an incredible makeover of a homeless man named Jim Wolf has gone viral and turned the US Army veteran's life around in one fell swoop. It may be the most life-affirming thing I've seen in a long, long while.

Take a look, but do me a favor, when you get to about 2:05, really make sure you're paying attention. That's where the true magic happens:

Did you see it? The moment when Jim Wolf saw himself again? It was just there for a second, but there was a look that passed over his face that was pure magic.

The makeover was arranged by Dégagé Ministries, a Christian non-profit that "offers help and hope to homeless and disadvantaged individuals" in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They called on Design 1 Salon & Spa and Rob Bliss Creative who pitched in to do the actual work of giving Jim a spiffy new haircut and outfitting him in a suit.

The transformation is amazing.

But it's not just the new hair, the close-cropped beard, the nice clothes. That's not what's special about Jim Wolf's makeover. It's the look that passed through his eyes. He peeked in that mirror, and you could see he was proud of himself again. He looked like a man who would proudly fight for his country, a man who had something to live for.

That's what we often forget. It isn't just society that judges the homeless for their shaggy hair, their dirty fingernails, their ratty clothes. It's the homeless person judging themselves.

Just think about how you feel when you haven't been feeling really well, when you've laid on the couch in sweats for days, haven't showered or shaved. Now how do you feel when you finally get that shower and put on real clothes again?

It's transformative, isn't it?

Sure, there's more to changing the tide for our nation's homeless vets. There are often mental and emotional issues that must be dealt with. Jim himself is now in AA after years of battling alcoholism.

But to borrow an ancient saying from the philosophers, the journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step. What matters is getting that homeless veteran to WANT to take that step, to find that person they once were and show them that they could get that person back.

What is your favorite moment in this video?


Image via RobBlissCreative/YouTube



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Fran E. Morgan Chapman

thank you for your service , this shows you have not been forgotten , hope your life keeps going in a postive direction , from the wife of a Retired Sailor

Jaghd810 Jaghd810

I loved this. 

Daisy329 Daisy329

This is wonderful.

BatMom. BatMom.

Amazing..totally crying. How wonderful.

socal... socalmommy13

I wish our gov cared this much about or vets! This makes you stop and think , this is awesome!

Kim Wyatt-Poole Rick Poole

Awesome video. A really good point was made at the end. Someone has to WANT to make the change. I hope Degage Ministries is as awesome as it sounds. As a Sailor, there are so many times that I want to spare that little bit of extra money to help out the fellow at the intersection with the "homeless vet" sign but I'm always torn because I've no clue what the money will truly be used for. Looks now like I've got a good place to send it during the CFC drives.


Misty Ripley

You are seriously comparing sitting your fat a$$? GTF over YOURSELF! You should be ashamed of yourself for even saying that!

Susan Presler

When he sees himself in the mirror.

Lenor... Lenore411

Wow such a great video!  I was starting to wonder though how a haircut and suit would help a veteran, but I don't know the whole story.  I was very moved to see that the man now has housing and attends meetings.  So inspiring!

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