Olive Branch business owners help troubled teens

By Chip Washington - bio | email

OLIVE BRANCH, MS (WMC-TV) - Monday was just another typical day for the staff at Sassy N' Spots Doggie Spa and Boutique in Olive Branch, where making pets look good is a priority.

For owners Ronnie and Lisa Pollard, life is all about giving back, especially to troubled teens who need it the most.

"We decided long ago that we wanted to have a home for abandoned, abused and troubled teenagers," she said.

Four months ago, after much prayer, the Pollards decided to launch an outreach program called Teenage 180.  Since then, they haven taken four teens into their home and are in the process of adopting two of them.

The program's name has a significant meaning to the Pollards.

"We wanted people to understand when they see 180, they know it means a complete turnaround," Pollard said.

Jermaine Pollard, 18, said his new adopted family saved his life.

"I know what kind of person I was, in so I believe by coming here it really made me a better person, and to deal with things on a different level," he said.

"I was into a lot of negative stuff and I never realized how bad it was and how bad I could be but they brought God into it and it changed completely," 17-year-old Michelle Swan added.

Brooke Pollard, 14, said she now has direction in her life.

"I used to do whatever I wanted whenever I wanted," she said. "I had no structure. Now I know what I want to do and how to act."

The couple operates the program strictly on private donations, but has recently filed for non-profit status to allow Teenage 180 to receive funds.  If you would like to know more about the program, or how to help, go to our website, click here.

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