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Homeless vet's touching video makeover spawns entire life change

With a little TLC and a helping hand, Jim Wolf became an example of how far personal interest can go. (Source: RobBlissCreative/YouTube) With a little TLC and a helping hand, Jim Wolf became an example of how far personal interest can go. (Source: RobBlissCreative/YouTube)

(RNN) - A makeover was just the starting point in a dramatic life change for one homeless veteran.

A nearly three-minute video that time lapses hours of cosmetic work gives the world another glimpse of Jim Wolf, a down-and-out Army veteran who has been battling alcoholism.

The experiment that was the brainchild of filmmaker Rob Bliss turned into something more. With the help of Degage Ministries, an outreach ministry that helps homeless people in Grand Rapids, MI, Wolf's transformation went beyond the beautician's chair.

At the end of the video it is revealed Wolf will seek alcohol abuse treatment for the first time, and arrangements have been made for him to obtain housing.

"The homeless are people we ignore every day," Bliss told The Blaze. "They can look like they're meant for the cover of GQ — they have that potential too."

The emotional Wolf saw himself in the mirror only after all the work was done, mouthed a "wow" and immediately went to Bliss to share a hug.

"It was one of the better hugs I've gotten in recent memory," Bliss told The Blaze.

The video is featured on Degage Ministry's page on YouCaring.com, alongside a fundraising campaign to help support veterans. As of Friday afternoon, it was nearly halfway to a $10,000 goal. The organization's page says it serves between 400 and 500 people daily.

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