On the Move

Local companies help students hit the road By Sarah Baum Kansas City is a car town. Imagine being a single parent without a car or a driver’s license, struggling to keep a well-paying job, accessing quality childcare, or buying your groceries. Solving daily...

A Cut Above

Andy Wiltz plays with dogs at Woof’s Play & Stay. KC area employers embrace training program and skills of graduates ready to start their career. By Andrea Byrne If anyone knows how challenging it can be to hire a good dog groomer, it’s owners and managers...

A Bright Future Set in Motion by Boss’ Kindness

By Rebecca Smith You’d be hard-pressed to find a story that better illuminates the life-changing effect of The Grooming Project than that of Kylie Stevens. A recent graduate (April 2021), Kylie’s world right now is one she can barely have imagined a few years ago. She...

Dogs as Healers

How pet grooming can lessen the effects of trauma on humans By Betty Jean Curran When Annie started the program, she was terrified. After spending years living in a trailer with her abusive boyfriend and three children, miles away from any neighbors, she couldn’t...

Rerouting for a Better Future

By Kelly Scanlon When 35-year-old Jeanne Dennison, a recent graduate of The Grooming Project, lost custody of her daughters two years ago, she was facing a long prison sentence for drugs and weapons possession. Losing her children turned out to be a critical turning...

Keeping Promises

A career in pet grooming empowers this mom of three to keep her family together while her husband serves a prison term. By: Barb Pruitt When 32-year-old Ashley Stillings was a little girl, her parents divorced. At just 7 years old, she made a promise to herself to...

A Place to Call Home

The Grooming Project’s first housing facility brings families together By: Meg Townsend If you arrive at The Grooming Project’s new family residence facility on any weeknight, you are likely to find women talking as they prepare meals together while their kids watch...

Holding on to Hope

Turning hopelessness into happiness and replacing despair with the ability to dream Surviving childhood trauma and the hardships of poverty and addiction can turn little things into big deals. For April Myers, it was getting her personalized grooming scissors, a...