Experience a Poverty Simulation

February 4, 2016

Poverty Simulation Salem March 17Have you ever “walked in the shoes” of poverty? The poverty sim­u­la­tion is a learn­ing tool that will help you gain a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the daily real­i­ties of poverty. Reg­is­ter today to attend the poverty sim­u­la­tion we are facil­i­tat­ing on March 17, 2016 (Thurs­day) in Salem. Space is limited!

Poverty sim­u­la­tion par­tic­i­pants walk away from the train­ing with a bet­ter under­stand­ing of poverty and how it can impact lives and deci­sions.  In addi­tion,  par­tic­i­pants have made indi­vid­ual changes, as well as orga­ni­za­tional changes, as a result of what they have learned.

GREAT Hands-on learn­ing. I did not come in w/ a goal. I attended because I was expected to attend. This impacted me deeply. I have fam­ily members…who are expe­ri­enc­ing poverty and I learned that my judg­ment of them has not only been not — help­ful, but detri­men­tal. Thank you — Profoundly!”

Dur­ing the sim­u­la­tion, par­tic­i­pants role-play the lives of peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty. Some are chil­dren, some are senior cit­i­zens receiv­ing Social Secu­rity, and some are indi­vid­u­als or par­ents receiv­ing SNAP ben­e­fits (food stamps). There are a vari­ety of peo­ple and lives that par­tic­i­pants will be role-playing.

Each par­tic­i­pant has the task to pro­vide for their basic needs, such as food, shel­ter, pay­ing bills, and get­ting ahead through employ­ment and edu­ca­tion. Par­tic­i­pants will inter­act with human ser­vices agen­cies, gro­cers, pawn­bro­kers, bill col­lec­tors, employ­ers, police offi­cers, and oth­ers in this experience.

Although there are props and play money, the sim­u­la­tion is not a game. The sim­u­la­tion enables par­tic­i­pants to look at poverty from a vari­ety of angles and and then to rec­og­nize and dis­cuss the poten­tial for change within the community.

Reg­is­ter today and share this announce­ment with col­leagues who may be interested! 

Date: Thurs­day, March 17, 2016
Time: 1:00pm to 4:30pm
Loca­tion: Salem First Pres­by­ter­ian Church (770 Chemeketa St. NESalem, OR)

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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)