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Watch The Complete Timelapse Transformation Of A Homeless Veteran

A charity time-lapse video chronicles a drastic transformation.

The saying might be to never to judge a book by its cover, but a drastic image change for U.S. army veteran Jim Wolf has, according to the charity group behind this video, helped him address his struggles with poverty and alcoholism.

In September, Degage Ministries convinced Wolf to take part in the film to help its fundraising efforts. After filming, the nonprofit organization says the vet scheduled to secure housing and attended his first-ever Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

You know that vaguely dirty feeling you had after watching Dove's "Evolution?" Yeah, this is the opposite.

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  • kh

    i think this is great. do i think the campaign is misguided and 'objectifying' the guy? no. i think most people would realise that putting a suit on the man isn't going change anything of and in itself, but the impact of that view of himself as a confident individual would prove so strong that he be able to use it as positive energy to move his life forwards. anything that can be done to inject confidence and belief into those that feel isolated, lost and unworthy is ok in my book.

  • Lippy

    I finally succumbed to watching this vid after having seen it posted all around FB for the past week or so. After having watched it, I'm horrified.

    The message I take away is that with the right "hair & makeup"(LOTS of it, I see) we can have the best-looking homeless veterans in the world! I kept waiting for the better "punchline" to come along. I couldn't believe that I was just going to be subjected to a celebrity makeover of a homeless veteran without a more substantial message behind it. As viewers we're left to guess how he miraculously changed his life around after the gloss was applied. I have a feeling it has to do with the charitable acts of the Ministry that footed the bill for the video.

    Yes, I saw the text on the page stating that they're aware that superficial changes are no "quick fix", but isn't that what this entire piece is about? Just superficial changes? Just because you write a "disclaimer" doesn't lessen the cheapness of the shot.

    Fixing our homeless problem must be addressed at the root level. EVERY time you see a homeless person or family on the street picture RONALD REAGAN staring back it you. It ALL started with his policies and we're living in the horrid wake of his foul and callous social engineering juggernaut.

  • agb

    I think I understand the heart behind this, and I also think that most of us get the underlying point: that for many people who struggle with homelessness, their lack of resources contribute to a self-fulfilling prophecy, in a sense. By simply changing their appearance, you can almost project hope. It's as if you're saying, "This is a picture of what your new life could look like." I am willing to give the organization the benefit of the doubt. But, the leap from "get a guy a haircut" to "life put back together" is drastic to the point of being naive and overly simplistic. Again, my hunch is that this organization doesn't truly believe that cleaning up this man is the solution to his problems. The issue, however, is that the message at the end of this video seems to imply that. Which to me, is a problem.

  • Guest

    I think I understand the heart behind this, and I also think that most of us get the underlying point: that for many people who struggle with homelessness, their lack of resources contribute to a self-fulfilling prophecy, in a sense. By simply changing their appearance, you can almost project hope. It's as if you're saying, "This is a picture of what your new life could look like." I am willing to give the organization the benefit of the doubt. But, the leap from "get a guy a haircut" to "life put back together" is drastic to the point of being naive and overly simplistic. Again, my hunch is that this organization doesn't truly believe that cleaning up this man is the solution to his problems. The issue, however, is that the message at the end of this video seems to imply that. Which to me, is a problem.