Low-Wage America: The Family Refuge Center In America, it is possible to work full time but not make a living. More than 20 million workers earn less than $9 an hour, and have trouble affording the basics -- housing, food, clothing, transportation and health care. NPR's Noah Adams continues his year-long series profiling low-wage jobs with a look at workers at a West Virginia family shelter.
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Counseling, Legal Aid for Victims of Domestic Violence

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NPR's Noah Adams visits Lewisburg, W.Va., to talk with staff members of the Family Refuge Center, a nonprofit organization with branches in several communities throughout Greenbrier, Pocahantas and Monroe counties.

The center provides counseling, legal aid and shelter for victims of domestic violence. We hear from women's advocate Judy Quick, who's having trouble paying for her son's choir trip to New York City, and from Monica Acord, a child advocate who makes just $15,000 a year but turned down a much more lucrative offer elsewhere.

Why? They have flexible schedules, a say in how the center is run and believe they're helping save lives.