Over 100 million Americans fall near or below the poverty line.
Nearly one third of the KC community struggles to pay their bills & feed their families.
Breaking the cycle of poverty can seem impossible. Dog grooming is here to break that cycle in KC.
Kansas City organizations, like The Grooming Project, are dedicated to breaking the cycle at home – in our own community.
KC Dog Grooming Service Aims to Break Poverty Cycle
While volunteering with recovering addicts, Natasha Kirsch felt called to help single mothers get out of situational poverty.
She wanted a change.
…to transform the lives of women & parents struggling to give a better life to their children. She wanted to provide opportunities for a living wage in a family-friendly environment.
That’s when The Grooming Project was born.
What is The Grooming Project?
The Grooming Project is a grooming school that provides parents in poverty on the job training for dog grooming services.
Students in the program are given the opportunity to make their lives & the lives of their children better.
While enrolled int eh 6 to 8 month program, nearly 60 other local partners help provide stabilization to Grooming Project students.
Students who exemplify a willingness to change can apply for admission into the organization’s comprehensive program. Dog grooming students receive dog grooming classes, financial coaching, housing, and other services to get back on their feet.
Post graduation, the groomers move into a transitional program where all the pieces come together for their families.
Many graduates are self sustained & off welfare, within two years from starting the program. The Grooming project breaks the cycle of poverty and gives their students’ children a better future.
The Grooming Project’s mission provides hope to single women and their children all across Kansas City.
How to help The Grooming Project?
The Grooming Project’s incredible work is not possible without community support. So, get your dog groomed!
Community members receive deeply discounted dog grooming services while supporting their mission.
The dog grooming school earns 14% of their funds from dog grooming services, nearly 50% from their annual gala, and the remainder comes from grants and individual contributions.
Simply put, their community assistance is not possible without you.
While attending dog grooming lessons, students receive on the job training at their primary location. (Off of 58th and Troost next to KC Spay & Neuter)
Are there dog grooming places near me?
Their primary location is off 58th & Troost, next to KC Spay & Neuter.
The Grooming Project will also open a brand new dog grooming location in Lee’s Summit this March!
The new location will offer students more flexible hours and the opportunity to learn leadership skills and the ins and outs of running a business.
This new facility will provide additional training as well as much needed revenue to support the project’s goals.
Additionally, The Grooming Project is partnering with Neighborhoods of Hope to break ground on a new student housing facility coming in 2019.
The Grooming Project Annual Gala
The Grooming Project’s 2019 annual gala will take place at the Grand Ballroom in downtown Kansas City (next to the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts) on September 14th.
The annual event will include a sit down dinner, silent auction, and live auction. Attendees will enjoy an evening of fun while supporting the project’s inspiring initiative.
Watch The Grooming Project’s website for ticket information.
If your family is looking to get involved with this incredible organization, you are encouraged to reach out to Betty Jean Curran, volunteer coordinator with The Grooming Project. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Grooming Project is always looking for coaches to support students, event committee members, & volunteers to bring in meals, school supply donations, and other helpful tasks.
For more details on The Grooming Project, their dog grooming services in KC, or to schedule a grooming appointment for your pet, visit them online at thegroomingproject.org.
We can all agree their mission is amazing, so head to their Kansas City location to groom your dog today.
It’s helping a great cause while also getting discounted dog grooming!