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The Second Chance project receives a grant from the DTE Foundation

Looking at the new Project Second Chance building, we see (left to right): Marji McIntyre, Founder and Executive Director of Project Second Chance;  Tyler Gedelian, Board Member of Project Second Chance, and Lynette Dowler, President of the DTE Foundation.

The DTE Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 grant to the Second Chance Monroe Project.

The funds will be used to support the workforce training efforts of the Second Chance Project. In June 2019, DTE also donated $10,000 to the organization.

“We are extremely grateful to DTE for their support,” said Marji McIntyre, executive director and founder of Project Second Chance Monroe. “This is a fairly new and unique program, so we’re glad the folks at the DTE Foundation see what we’ve done and the even greater opportunities we’ll have now to help young people succeed. They can to have hope and know that it is possible to make their dreams a reality.”

Founded in 2008, Project Second Chance Monroe matches abandoned dogs with at-risk youth at the Monroe County Youth Center. Since it started, 80 youngsters and 60 dogs have graduated from the program.

Young people learn to groom, care for and train dogs. After completion of the program and a graduation ceremony, dogs are placed with companions and veterans. But some young people want to continue learning about the pet care industry and other career fields. Thus, the workforce training program was launched.

“The definition of youth is ‘under 26’, so we want to help on the education side as well, with certification in the pet industry or perhaps training for tech jobs. through the community college,” McIntyre said. “We will also offer support to interested young people to further their education and steer them towards a career, either in the pet industry or in a field of their choice. We hope to eventually create a scholarship fund and help with post-secondary enrolment.

Originally housed at the Monroe County Youth Center, Project Second Chance purchased the former Jefferson Schools administration building last year and is currently renovating the space, which will include a dog daycare, boarding, grooming and dog training. More funds are needed to complete the project.

“Project Second Chance is a unique resource for the community, combining opportunities for children by working with rescue dogs,” said Lynette Dowler, President of the DTE Foundation. “The DTE Foundation is proud to support organizations that address two distinct needs and create solutions that have a positive impact for those they serve.”

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