Without reading the posts I am curious. Seems the problem with people on welfare is that they are moochers who live on it. In this case it is a woman who worked there for 10 years and can't make it.
You can make all the excuses in the world: she didn't educate herself for a higher paying job, they are cheap etc. But it comes down to the fact that minimum wage (which she is above) isn't cutting it. The fact remains that she isn't getting a chance to make a living.
I'll be honest and say if there needs to be some government intervention, it shouldn't be in the form of raising minimum wage. It should be a percentage increase in years worked. Furthermore, if the wage increases by the employer the lower the amount of government assistance she is eligible for.