Dégagé Ministries, an organisation in Grand Rapids offering help and hope to homeless and disadvantaged individuals, is running “Homeless Veteran Timelapse”, a short film designed to raise awareness of their crowd funding project, launched to coincide with Veteran’s Day. According to the video, US veteran Jim Wolf has struggled with poverty, homelessness and alcoholism for decades. He agreed to being filmed having a makeover on film, and has since gone on to take control of his life, finding housing and attending his first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting.
Filmmaker Rob Bliss said he wanted to change the way people stereotype the homeless. “If I can only get people to look at any homeless person on the street and see the mirror image of them — the image of someone who would look socially acceptable — realize that potential, that ‘what if,’ and root for their success.”
“Our video’s message: We are in no way saying that this is the finish line for Jim. This is just the first corner turned. We’d be crazy to think a makeover video would undo the internal damage of decades of poverty and addiction. But it could be the start of something, and we’re working hard to help walk him down this new path. For everyone else, we hope to give a hesitation to those that we tune out, a reminder of the potential that even our most down and out citizens will always carry with them.”
The Timelapse film was directed and produced by Rob Bliss at Rob Bliss Creative working with Anna Walt of Design 1 Salon & Spa, Kevin Budzynski at Whiskey Neat, John Boros at John Boros Productions, with photography by Green Frog Photo.
Music is “Take Me To A Place” from Lynne Music.