Breaking the Cycle

We provide job training and support that helps struggling parents 

lift their children out of poverty. 

The Grooming Project is now Pawsperity!

Don’t worry–our program and our mission for helping struggling parents find financial stability through pet grooming remains the same. In fact, that is exactly what our new name so perfectly reflects–prosperity through working with animals. The Grooming Project name will always remain special to us, but as we embark on a new and expanded location and look to the future, we are excited about the possibilities that Pawsperity holds. Our transition from The Grooming Project to Pawsperity will roll out gradually both online and in our new building over the next few months. Watch the short video below to learn more.


The 2022 edition of


is here!

We hope you’ll check it out today to hear from some of our brave graduates, generous donors, and Pawsperity staff who make our unique program possible.

The Expand Prosperity Campaign increased our impact in the community through the construction of a new grooming school, graduate salon, and doggie daycare. Not only will be be able to more than double the number of families we serve, but also we will bring much needed pet care services to the Troost corridor.

Student Stories

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...

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

Pawsperity, formerly known as The Grooming Project, 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, high pay professions.

Pawsperity Grooming School

5805 Troost Avenue

Kansas City, MO 64110


Open Tuesday - Friday

8 am to 4 pm

Walk-In Nail Trims

9 am to 2 pm


Pawsperity Salon

1650 SE Blue Parkway

Lee's Summit, MO 64063


Open Monday - Saturday

8 am to 5 pm