United Way: New plan helps 10K families

United Way: New plan helps 10K families (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The United Way has a new, lofty goal on Wednesday night: To get 10,000 families out of poverty and do it in just a few years.

"You can go with them behind the scenes and see how it works,” said Shiba Shorter.

Shiba Shorter and her daughter discussed where she'll go to school next year.

"I wish I had this when I was 14. I worked at a day care center when I was 14,” said Shorter.

The Shorters have come a long way. Three years ago, they were homeless after Shiba left a bad relationship.

"We had just my truck, my clothes, their clothing and us. That was it,” said Shorter.

Shiba and her two children ended up at the Brighton Center's Scholar House in Newport. She's getting her bachelor's degree.

The Brighton Center is one of several organizations that receive funding from the United Way. That agency has announced a new initiative to lift 10,000 families out of poverty by 2021 through long-term partnerships.

"It's important as a community that we stay with this work over time,” said Rob Reifsnyder. “And this help of families over time because it often takes years to go from poverty to self-sufficiency."

Shiba Shorter's been at the Brighton Center for three years with the long-term goal of getting her doctorate.

"After that is to make sure my kids' kids don't come into poverty. You know, that my kids go to college right after high school, they skip the rough patches that I faced,” said Shorter.

The United Way says it takes an income of $49,000 per year for a family of four to be considered self-sufficient.

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