Lift Parents out of Poverty,

Four Paws at a Time



EPEC’s approach to tackling poverty in the Kansas City area focuses on removing the barriers to gainful employment that burden many parents. Studies show that lessening a family’s financial stress increases the likelihood that children will prosper and feel more secure.  To achieve this end, we train parents in the high-pay, in-demand trade of pet grooming, which also provides working parents with family-friendly work hours.

EPEC launched The Grooming Project in 2016, a certified school that teaches professional pet grooming.

According to our research, animal grooming is in high demand in the Kansas City Area and the nearest grooming school is three hours away.

The Program consists of 644 classroom hours of training in 23 weeks.  The program is taught by experienced groomers with over 45 years experience between them.  Our program offers a hands-on approach to grooming.  Approximately 90% of our students time is spent with the animals in our care.

We also work with our students on soft skills.  Those skills include self-care, money management, job skills, and parenting.

It is our goal to create positive outcomes for the entire family, raising up both the parent and their children.

Please consider donating today, and help us continue to life parents out of poverty, four paws at a time.