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The Grooming Project (Kansas City, MO, USA) aims to equip program participants with both the in-demand technical skills of dog grooming and the practical, social and emotional skills that will build resilience, reduce stress, and create foundational skills for participants to better respond to their family’s needs. Gaining full-time employment that pays a living wage allows participants to focus on sustainably improving their family’s functioning, thereby creating the opportunity to break the cycle of multi-generational poverty. This report is intended to provide an initial description of the impacts of The Grooming Project’s programming on the individuals who participate by documenting a common narrative for their journey before, during, and after the program.

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