Shautina: No Choice but to Shine

Shautina: No Choice but to Shine

It was a moment of God-given self-restraint that led Shautina, 39, to The Grooming Project.  She was standing outside her apartment complex’s office smoking a cigarette and “sulking in misery.” The stressors of being a single mother of two had piled. After receiving...
FINDING HER PLACE: KARA JOHNSON

FINDING HER PLACE: KARA JOHNSON

FINDING HER PLACE: KARA JOHNSON Life wasn’t going well for Kara Johnson. She didn’t know – never had known — her mom. Her father suffered mental health and addiction issues and wasn’t the best role model. Nor was his ex-wife, who gave Kara a home for a while,...
HELPING HANDS: TERI AALDERS

HELPING HANDS: TERI AALDERS

HELPING HANDS: TERI AALDERS You might say dog grooming is in Teri Aalders’ blood The owner of Empire Pets grooming salons in Mission and Lenexa, Kan., she’s been a groomer for years. Her mother groomed dogs for more than 40 years. Her three sisters are groomers, one...
NATASHA’S LESSONS LEARNED

NATASHA’S LESSONS LEARNED

NATASHA’S LESSONS LEARNED Our students aren’t the only ones who do a lot of learning and growing at The Grooming Project. The students learn grooming, customer service and a whole lot of life skills; Natasha Kirsch, the project’s founder, has learned a few...