Breaking the Cycle

We provide job training and support that helps struggling parents 

lift their children out of poverty. 

The Expand Prosperity Campaign will increase our impact in the community through the construction of a new grooming school, allowing us to more than double the number of families we serve.

What’s New at The Grooming Project

Modeling What’s Possible

Aware of her own potential, The Salon manager, Christine Banks (left), wants to show other graduates of The Grooming School how to embrace opportunity. When 26-year-old Christine Banks was selected to the inaugural class of The Grooming Project in 2016, she was a...

As The Salon Expands, Hope Grows

Cassie Bratton, graduate of The Grooming Project, grooms a dog at The Salon in Lee's Summit.  The real beauty of The Salon—a nonprofit “beauty shop” for pets in Lee’s Summit—is the fresh opportunity it provides its groomers. All employees—managers, groomers, bathers—...

Check out our first magazine, GROOMING, LOVE AND HOPE!

You’ll hear from some of our brave graduates, hard working students, and our staff who make our unique program possible.

Our first family residence facility is now open, thanks to generous donors!

A dream is now a reality, thanks to our incredibly generous donors! Our 6 family transitional living residence is complete and ready for move-in! Be sure to watch this video tour of our beautiful new building, and hear from Jarrod Sanderson, our Chief Operations Officer, about the inspiration for this new facility!

“To ensure that kids thrive and succeed from birth onward, we must simultaneously address the obstacles facing their parents.”

                                                                                – Annie E. Casey Foundation

Empowering the Parent to Empower the Child (EPEC) is a 501c3 organization dedicated to reducing generational poverty in Kansas City.

Through our state-certified grooming school and our Lee's Summit grooming salon, we train struggling parents to be pet groomers and salon managers, both in-demand, living-wage trades.

The School

5829 Troost Ave, Suite B.

Kansas City, MO 64110


Open Tuesday - Friday

8 am to 4 pm

Walk-In Nail Trims

9 am to 3 pm


The Salon

1650 SE Blue Parkway

Lee's Summit, MO 64063


Open Monday - Saturday

8 am to 5 pm