Getting kicked off cash assistance, a personal story

Mar 20, 2013

Mother and three small kids getting ready for school.
Keisha Johnson gets her three kids ready for school.
Credit Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio

As part of our State of Opportunity project, we’re following parents as they struggle to get off public assistance and make a better future for their children. This is an update on one of those families.

I first interviewed Keisha Johnson on a steamy summer day last June. Johnson, 25, grew up poor and is still poor to this day. But she has three reasons she wants to climb out poverty, and their names are Kaleb, Jurnee, and Alan, Jr.

Last time she was on the radio, Johnson talked about where she wants to be in three years. She wants to have her own home, her children enrolled in good schools, and a steady job as a secretary.

Listen to the full story on State of Opportunity.