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Brenda Ellis told local media that after two years as a home support worker, she makes $8.21 an hour. She must pay for her own gas, car expenses and special insurance if she takes her clients out of their homes.

She also had to pay for a mandatory ‘home maker’ course.

“This march is important for our patients,” said Ellis. “We’re here for our wagesbecause most workers are making in the $8 range. At least we should get a dollar raise an hour.”

The home support workers spend their time in private homes taking care of elderly patients. Their work includes cooking, cleaning and personal care for the patient.