Kentucky nonprofit massively increases pay as a ‘thank you’ to workers

Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 3:52 PM EDT
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MADISON CO., Ky. (WKYT) - Throughout the pandemic, we have brought you stories of sacrifice by health care workers.

Now, White House Clinics, a nonprofit community healthcare center, is thanking its employees. They’re increasing the pay scale by 28% by raising the minimum wage from $11.75 dollars to $15.05 dollars.

“There has been tears, there has been laughter, tears, we have seen every reaction this morning,” says White House Clinics CEO Stephanie Moore. “This impacts those who are on the front lines doing very important care, but sometimes don’t earn the wages that are reflective of the work that they’re doing.”

The minimum age raise is going to make up $1.6 million dollars a year and is going to affect 200 families.

Teresa Kidwell is a member of one of those families. She’s also a COVID-19 data specialist for the company.

“I thank God every day that I get to come here and pull my car into this organization and know that I get to be a part of something that is so good, and I couldn’t be more grateful for it,” Kidwell says.

For Moore, inspiration came from national companies committing to a $15 dollar minimum wage.

“Just because we’re a smaller rural-based organization, why would we not make that same commitment,” Moore says.

Most of all, Moore says it’s about saying thank you.

White House Clinics hopes higher wages will attract new employees in the competitive job market.

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