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One of the big reasons people pause in their lives and reach out to someone else is because they feel emotionally moved by someone's story.
That happened to an Ann Arbor woman after hearing the story of Keisha Johnson on Michigan Radio.
In her piece "Life on public assistance, a personal story," Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra introduces us to Johnson who is working hard to create a good home for her children - something Johnson didn't always have as a child.
Judy and her husband were getting ready for their day in their home. But they paused to hear the story:
"After I heard that, I said to him, you know, something really is motivating me to try to meet this woman."
And so she did. Head on over to the State of Opportunity site to hear more about Keisha and Judy's friendship.