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November 20, 2015

Poverty Simulation December 10 Announcement

***Update*** We are post­pon­ing the poverty sim­u­la­tion on Decem­ber 10th to a TBD date in March. We want to make sure it is a rich, full expe­ri­ence for both vol­un­teers and par­tic­i­pants and this will give us the oppor­tu­nity to open up reg­is­tra­tion to more par­tic­i­pants for this expe­ri­ence. Thank you for your under­stand­ing, and we look for­ward to see­ing you in March!

Have you ever “walked in the shoes” of some­one expe­ri­enc­ing poverty? Join us on Decem­ber 10th (1-5PM) at the Salem First Pres­by­ter­ian Church for a poverty sim­u­la­tion expe­ri­ence. Reg­is­ter here by Decem­ber 3.

The poverty sim­u­la­tion is a learn­ing tool that will help you gain a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the daily real­i­ties of poverty. Poverty sim­u­la­tion par­tic­i­pants not only walk away from the train­ing with a bet­ter under­stand­ing of poverty and how it can impact lives and deci­sions, but our 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 <with> 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. Poverty is real for many com­mu­nity mem­bers, includ­ing 22,173 Salem res­i­dents. 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! Ques­tions? Con­tact us at info@coactiveconnections.net or (971) 599‑3093.

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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)