Project Second Chance Monroe (PSCM) is a non-profit organization based in Monroe, Michigan and founded in 2008 by Marji McIntyre as a Self- Expression and Leadership Program project
Their Mission Statement is:
To help troubled youth become more compassionate, responsible, and develop a better understanding of respect for self and others through their work with abandoned dogs, and to enable youth to pursue a career in the pet industry. To socialize, groom and train abandoned dogs to prepare them for placement in forever homes.
Recently PSCM opened a new building called Woof Lodge. The new building will serve as a training center and support facility for the program’s participants. At Project Second Chance, youth work with homeless dogs and receive therapeutic intervention. Through this experience, they develop compassion, responsibility, trust, patience, and dog handling skills. After a three-week session, a graduation ceremony takes place, and the dogs are adopted, some by US Veterans.
Project Second Chance plans to increase the number of sessions and work with more youth. Further instruction and mentorship will be available to those who are interested, helping them pursue a career in pet care or another field.
The Woof Lodge will house a self-sustaining non-profit business offering dog daycare, lodging, grooming, and training. The revenue from the business will fund the program’s operational expenses and hopefully create a scholarship fund for the youth participants.
Marji, who is still the Executive Director, is excited about the new location. She recently told the Monroe News: “We’re thrilled to finally have a location that will allow us to support and educate the youth for more than just three weeks and become self-sustaining. We won’t have to rely solely on fundraising.”
For more information about Project Second Chance Monroe or to find ways to participate, you can visit their website.