Women Who Achieve: Terry Grahl
Our banking team proactively recommends ideas for helping us grow so that we can serve more and more women and children looking for a reason to believe in themselves and their future.
Enchanted Makeovers: Restoring Dignity and Hope
Terry Grahl didn’t set out to start a nonprofit. Her plan was to build a for-profit interior design firm targeting female customers. She accomplished this goal in 2005, but changed course in 2008. Terry closed her company to establish and lead Enchanted Makeovers, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming homeless shelters into places of hope, inspiration and motivation through interior design and a variety of skill-building programs.
“When the youngest of my four children had gone off to school, I decided to pursue my goal of building a decorating business that would instill hope in women by making their homes very special places,” she says. “I had no idea that this goal would take such an important turn.”
That turn came when one of Terry’s clients told a friend about her work. An employee at Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac, Mich., where women and children recover from sexual and drug abuse, this friend had a simple request: for Terry to paint just one wall in the shelter.
Her visit to Grace Centers changed her life and her plan.
“How people feel about their surroundings – their level of pride and comfort in their living space – affects them psychologically and behaviorally,” says Terry. “When I saw the condition of that shelter, I knew that my work could make a tremendous impact.”
A Village of Caring Volunteers
Terry has filed as a nonprofit in every state and is working with Centenary College in Hackettstown, N.J., to develop a program that will leverage the skills learned by women in Enchanted Makeovers’ “Sacred Sewing Room” classes. She leads hundreds of local and national volunteers – painters, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, lawyers, quilters, bloggers and many others – to improve shelters across the United States.
“The most important thing to understand as you strive to grow a nonprofit is to give every person who shares your dream a voice and a way to contribute,” advises Terry. “I have been both a student and a teacher in this process. We learn so much from one another when we respect the talents each of us brings to the table.”
Among those who have helped Terry grow Enchanted Makeovers are the members of her banking team at PNC. “Our relationship is special because PNC supports much more than our financial strength. They support our mission, by volunteering and reaching out to others to share our story. PNC genuinely cares about the future of our organization. Our banking team proactively recommends ideas for helping us grow so that we can serve more and more women and children looking for a reason to believe in themselves and their future.”
Terry Grahl, Founder/CEO
Company: Enchanted Makeovers
Location: Taylor, MI
Listen to your heart, and take that leap of faith even when you don’t have all the answers yet. Welcome others to join the effort, and give them a voice.
- Soroptimist International Ruby Award (Trenton, MI Chapter), 2014
- Woman Who Inspires, Hope Magazine, 2014
- 20/20 ACT Award, WXYZ-TV Detroit, 2013
- Points of Light Award, President George H.W. Bush, 2013
- Exceptional People Magazine Award, 2013
- AOL Cause of the Day, 2012, 2013
- Kelee Katillac Design Gives Back (Home Expert, Guideposts), 2010, 2011
- MLB/People All Stars Among Us, 2010
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