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Mission Statement

To Empower single mothers living in poverty in living wage, family flexible trades so they can do their most important job of all...raise their children out of poverty.

Description

The Grooming Project is devoted to helping impoverished families become self-reliant through job training in the high-demand, high-pay trade of pet grooming. The Grooming Project’s education-based approach not only financially empowers single parents in poverty through equipping them with credentials in a competitive market, but it also ensures that they focus on improving their family’s future as a whole through parenting and budgeting classes, mental health support, life skills courses, and other needed medical services coordinated with many local organizations.

The grooming school program entails 644 classroom hours in 23 weeks, taught by experienced instructors, and an internship in a commercial grooming salon. The parenting program teaches students the importance of active parenting, higher education, budget management, nurturing skills and resources. Each student has a volunteer mentor who meets with her or him weekly to help with household budgeting and parenting questions. Mentors are people from the community who are sensitive to the hardships our students face and encourage success.

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