Local community partners facilitated a Poverty Simulation event on March 13th, 2012. Participants played the role of an individual experiencing poverty, many of them becoming members of a family and learning to navigate the poverty experience together with other participants. While the simulation includes role playing, play money, and even props, participants quickly learned that the simulation is not a game for our neighbors who experience poverty every day. Community members participating in the Poverty Simulation took their roles seriously. The accompanying photograph is a montage of words that participants used to describe their simulation experience. One participant described the poverty experience as “waiting for it to be over, but in real life it doesn’t end.” Continue reading What Poverty Simulation Participants Are Saying…
Will you start out the month and be able to meet your family’s basic needs? … Or will you be one of the unlucky ones? You’ll find out when you join us for a unique opportunity to experience the virtual realities of poverty.
Please join us on either March 13, 2012 or April 30, 2012 (8:30AM — 12:00PM) as we host a Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS). We are facilitating the Poverty Simulation, which is the result of a community-wide effort and multiple collaborations to help our community members understand the realities of poverty.
During a simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families. They have the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget. Although play money is used, CAPS is not a game. It is a simulation that enables participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and then to recognize and discuss the potential for change within their local communities. The simulation was designed to sensitize those who frequently interact with low-income families, as well as to create a broader awareness of the realities of poverty among policymakers, conmunity leaders and others. It has been made available by the Missouri Association for Community Action. Continue reading REGISTER! Poverty Simulation
As a grassroots organization, we conduct interviews and focus groups with residents in the Mid-Willamette Valley to hear and share their personal experiences with poverty. This video is just a glimpse into the lives of our neighbors, showing how poverty affects each one of us differently, and how we need to take each person’s context into consideration. Please watch and share!
[modal id=“877” style=plain color=default size=default]Melinda Gross[/modal], Program Coordinator