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I work at an agency that provides personal care to elderly people on Medicaid. I see the care providers coming in every day, and many times, they are just as poor as the people they're helping, if not poorer. Since our income into the business is Medicaid, we cannot afford to pay more to our care providers than we already do, because it isn't possible to tell Medicaid they need to pay us more. They won't care. :p

So we offer low-paying jobs to poor people, and for some of these people (who never graduated from high school and misspell words like "client") the pay that we offer is actually fairly good. It is a couple of dollars above minimum wage. But these people are living on the edge. One small move in the wrong direction, and they are kicked out of their apartments for nonpayment. We have had to give them gas coupons to go fill up their car so they could get to a client's house--otherwise, they literally didn't have the $5 in gas it takes to get there.

And not surprisingly, we have a lot of problems with people having their cars break down. My boss has done multiple personal loans to people so they could buy a reliable car to get to work. When you can't get to work, you can't make money.

Until I got this job, I didn't really see just how poor people can be. I just didn't understand. Now that I see and talk to them every day, it has been a real eye-opening experience. I now "get it." I think a program like this is worth every penny and more.

My own two cents,

Hava
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